10 Ad­vance in Shorts Race Qual­i­fy­ing Fea­tures

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Acad­emy nar­rows field for an­i­mated short from 60 to 10 con­tenders.

he Acad­emy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences an­nounced Nov. 19 that 10 an­i­mated short films will ad­vance in the vot­ing process for the 88th Acad­emy Awards. Sixty pic­tures had orig­i­nally qual­i­fied in the cat­e­gory. The 10 films are listed be­low in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der by ti­tle, with their pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies: Gabriel Oso­rio, di­rec­tor, and Pato Es­cala, pro­ducer (Punkrobot An­i­ma­tion Stu­dio)

Claude Cloutier, di­rec­tor (Na­tional Film Board of Canada)

Cordell Barker, di­rec­tor (Na­tional Film Board of Canada) Melissa John­son and Robertino Zam­brano, direc­tors (High Hip Pro­duc­tions and KAPWA Stu­dioworks)

Phuong Mai Nguyen, di­rec­tor (Papy3D Pro­duc­tions)

As many as five of the 16 qual­i­fy­ing movies may be nom­i­nated for this year’s Best An­i­mated Fea­ture Os­car.

ix­teen fea­tures have been sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion in the An­i­mated Fea­ture Film cat­e­gory for the 88th Acad­emy Awards. The sub­mit­ted fea­tures, listed in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der, are:

The World An­i­ma­tion and VFX Sum­mit lived up to its billing as an as­sem­blage of the best and bright­est par­tic­i­pat­ing in a thought-pro­vok­ing, in­ti­mate and in­tense ex­plo­ration of the state of the art.

The fourth edi­tion of the an­nual sum­mit, held Nov. 2-4 at the Cal­i­for­nia Yacht Club in Ma­rina del Rey, Calif., kicked off with an ar­ray of en­gag­ing pan­els.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of Tri­con Kids Frank Saper­stein mod­er­ated a panel of hy­brid stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives and fo­cused on the ways their stu­dios are not only help­ing to craft con­tent for other stu­dios, but also work­ing to cre­ate their own orig­i­nal in­tel­lec­tual prop­er­ties.

Reel FX, based in Dal­las and Santa Monica, Calif., lever­aged 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence cre­at­ing vis­ual ef­fects and an­i­mated com­mer­cials for other stu­dios and or­ga­ni­za­tions as a test­ing ground to­ward cre­at­ing its own prop­er­ties. “The hy­brid chose us, we didn’t choose the hy­brid. We saw a lot of stu­dios aban­don the com­mer­cial work,” says Chuck Peil, head of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and strate­gic part­ner­ships. “We saw that as a mis­take.”

Cort Lane, VP of an­i­ma­tion de­vel­op­ment and part­ner­ship for Marvel, mod­er­ated a panel that tack­led the brave new world of reach­ing mil­lions of view­ers across mul­ti­ple plat­forms, and the ad­van­tages and chal­lenges that this new age presents.

“I think that Net­flix and other stream­ing ser­vices have busted open tra­di­tional ad­ver­tis­ing net­works of who sees a show,” said DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion Tele­vi­sion’s Peter Gal. “On Net­flix, we don’t have to worry about a place for it. Kids will find it.”

Cap­ping the first night was an awards gala hosted by voice ac­tress Candi Milo. The event pre­sented the Trail­blazer of the Year Award to Margie Cohn, head of DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion Tele­vi­sion; the Life­time Achieve­ment Award to Fo­li­vari presi- dent Di­dier Brunner; the Cre­ative Vi­sion­ary Award to Charles M. Schulz, the late cre­ator of the Peanuts comic strip; and the Break­out Stu­dio Award to ZAG En­ter­tain­ment, founded by Jeremy Zag.

The fi­nal day of the sum­mit pre­sented a trio of mas­ter classes. An­i­ma­tion vet­eran Chuck Wil­liams, pres­i­dent of Marza An­i­ma­tion Planet USA and for­mer Dis­ney an­i­ma­tion pro­ducer, of­fered his ex­per­tise on how to cre­ate a com­pelling an­i­mated fea­ture film on par with Dis­ney and Pixar, but on a smaller bud­get.

“Our big ad­van­tage over live ac­tion is that we get to re­hearse in the medium,” said Wil­liams. “Putting up an an­i­mated film in reels is like putting up a play for the first time rather than like putting up a live-ac­tion film.”

Michael Hirsh, co-founder of Nel­vana and Cookie Jar, vice chair­man of DHX Me­dia and chair­man of The En­ter­tain­ment and Me­dia Fi­nance Group, said em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy, such as cre­at­ing deals with YouTube and Net­flix, en­ables com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­ual cre­ators to thrive in the dig­i­tal age.

“I love where TV is go­ing on de­mand. I love the fact that it’s all dig­i­tal. I think the chal­lenge of how to make those dig­i­tal hits and fi­nance those shows for the dig­i­tal world is ex­cit­ing,” said Hirsh in his mas­ter class . “I’m driven by the need to do things dif­fer­ently each time. If you don’t in­no­vate you’re not go­ing to be suc­cess­ful.”

And now, be­fore we start look­ing for­ward to next year’s sum­mit, we’d like to thank this year’s spon­sors: DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion Tele­vi­sion, Blue Sky Stu­dios, Ilion An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios, Atomic Car­toons, CelAc­tion, Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion, Wizart, The Gotham Group, Mat­tel Play­ground Pro­duc­tions, The Third Floor, Nat­u­ral Tal­ent, COP Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Shark 3D, Marza An­i­ma­tion Planet and Oa­sis An­i­ma­tion.

See you next year! [

Births: Friz Fre­leng, Wil­fred Jackson, Ja­panese an­i­ma­tion pioneer Mit­suyo Seo, an­i­ma­tor and in­ven­tor of the Pin­screen Claire Parker, ex­per­i­men­tal film­maker Mary Ellen Bute. Births: Bill Me­len­dez, first fe­male Dis­ney an­i­ma­tor Retta Scott, car­toon­ist Fred Lass­well ( Bar­ney Google), Mup­pet de­signer Ker­mit Love, voice ac­tor Daws But­ler, au­thor Roald Dahl. Found­ings: Paul Terry’s Ter­ry­toons. Re­leases: Farmer Al Falfa’s Cat-as­tro­phe se­ries). Events: Births: Pro­ducer/di­rec­tor Yo­ram Gross, pro­ducer Al Bro­dax. ( Pop­eye, Casper), comic-book artist Gil Kane, As­terix cre­ator Rene Goscinny. Re­leases: Lotte Reiniger’s Births: Mup­pets cre­ator Jim Hen­son, Dog Tulip). De­buts: Porky Pig named in Tex Avery’s Plane Dippy . Re­leases:Van Beuren’s The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg (first color Felix car­toon), Fleis­cher’s Pop­eye the Sailor Meets Sin­bad the Sailor (first of the Pop­eye Color Spe­cials), Friz Fre­leng’s I Wanna Play House (first three-strip Tech­ni­color Mer­rie Melodies car­toon), Porky PIg’s first solo car­toon The Blow Out. Found­ings: Moscow’s Soyuz­mult­film, the Screen Direc­tors Guild.

Births: Pro­ducer Tom Rueg­ger, writer/pro­ducer Mike Scully, voice ac­tor Char­lie Adler, ac­tress Car­rie Fisher, voice ac­tress Yoshiko Sakak­ibara. Found­ings: Toei An­i­ma­tion. Events: Floyd Nor­man is the first African-Amer­i­can an­i­ma­tor hired long-term by Dis­ney. Kazuko Nakamura likely be­comes first fe­male an­i­ma­tor in Ja­pan. The first Shogakukan Manga Awards takes place. Re­leases: Soyuz­mult­film’s The Heav­enly Cre­ation (first Rus­sian stop-mo­tion fea­ture) and The Twelve Months, Wan Broth­ers’ Why Is the Crow Black-Coated (first color Chi­nese an­i­ma­tion), Mil­lion­aire Droopy is the last car­toon di­rected by Tex Avery.

Found­ings: Rodeo FX, Arc Pro­duc­tions (as Starz An­i­ma­tion), Khara. Events: Dis­ney ac­quires Pixar, De­code and Hal­i­fax Film merge to form DHX Me­dia, the first BAFTA Award for Best An­i­mated Fea­ture goes to Happy Feet, the first Golden Globe for Best An­i­mated Fea­ture goes to Cars. Re­leases: Cars, Flushed Away, Mon­ster House, The Ant Bully, Barn­yard, Curious Ge­orge, Happy Feet, Ice Age: The Melt­down, Open Sea­son, Over the Hedge, A Scan­ner Darkly, Goro Miyazaki’s first film Tales from Earth­sea, Satoshi Kon’s Pa­prika, Mamoru Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Michel Ocelot’s Azur & As­mar: The Princes’ Quest, Aachi & Ssi­pak, Arthur and the In­vis­i­bles, Re­nais­sance, Tekkonkinkreet, Una Pelic­ula de Huevos, Lotte from Gad­getville, Doo­gal, The Ugly Duck­ling and Me, Frisky Dingo, Class of 3000, Tom and Jerry Tales, Happy Tree Friends, Me­talo­ca­lypse, Mickey Mouse Club­house, Viva Pi­nata, Yin Yang Yo!, Ruby Gloom, Cap­tain Flamingo, Galac­tik Foot­ball, Chaotic, Handy Manny, Dragon Hun­ters, Louie, Shuriken School, El Chavo An­i­mado, Pucca, Lola & Vir­ginia, Hor­rid Henry, Death Note, Pow­erpuff Girls Z. Found­ings: Stu­dio 100 in Bel­gium, Trig­ger­fish An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios in Cape Town, Seth MacFar­lane’s Fuzzy Door Prod., El­ton John’s Rocket Pic­tures, GenArts Inc., The Foundry, March En­ter­tain­ment. Events: The Bri­tish Acad­emy Chil­dren’s Awards in­au­gu­rated by BAFTA, Chuck Jones di­rects his last short From Hare to Eter­nity. Re­leases: Henry Selick’s James and the Gi­ant Peach, The Hunch­back of Notre Dame, Beavis and Butt-head Do Amer­ica, The Snow Queen’s Re­venge, Space Jam, Lit­tle Di­nosaur Dooly, Dex­ter’s Lab­o­ra­tory, Arthur, Hey Arnold!, KaBlam!, The Real Ad­ven­tures of Jonny Quest, Su­per­man: The An­i­mated Se­ries, All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Se­ries, Blue’s Clues, The Am­bigu­ously Gay Duo, Dragon Ball GT, Rurouni Ken­shin, Saber Mar­i­onette J, Boys Over Flow­ers, De­tec­tive Co­nan, Kodocha, Pocket Dragon Ad­ven­tures.

Michael Hirsh ex­plains the dom­i­na­tion of an­i­ma­tion.

Wizart sales VP Ka­te­rina Pshen­it­syna poses with An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine pres­i­dent Jean Thoren and Feng Yi of Flame Node En­ter­tain­ment at the sum­mit.

Ama­zon’s Tara Sorensen, Splash’s Mike Young and Cort Lane of Marvel chart the fu­ture of TV toons.

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