6 new animate! tv commissions in 2004

There were 129 submissions to animate! tv's latest commissioning round, 72 from London and 57 from rest-of-UK. Six projects have been chosen to share the annual production funding provided by Arts Council England and Channel 4 Television.

The artists in animate! tv's new slate for 2004 are Katerina Athanasopoulou (Sweet Salt), Carolina Melis & Susanne Flender (As the Crow Flies), Damian Gascoigne (Careful), Dryden Goodwin (Flight), David Shrigley & Chris Shepherd (Who I Am and What I Want) and Run Wrake (Rabbit).

Their projects will be completed in summer 2005 and broadcast by Channel 4 in the autumn.

The animate! selection advisory group included:

Dad's Dead storms British Animation Awards

Not just one award but two.

The 2004 British Animation Awards took place on Friday 19 March at London's Shaw Theatre. The event is biennial and so the cream of two years of UK animation-making was up for recognition.

We are delighted that Chris Shepherd's animate! film Dad's Dead unanimously won two major categories, Best Film at the Cutting Edge and Best Short Film.

The film has now received eleven international prizes. Our heartiest congratulations go to Chris, and to producer Maria Manton, their company Slinky Pictures and all of the talented contributors to the project and its remarkable success.

British Animation Awards website
Chris Shepherd's production company Slinky Pictures
Chris's animate! film, details on animateonline
Dad's Dead

Bill Moritz 1941-2004

The legendary animation educator and historian Bill Moritz died on 12 March 2004.

Dr William Moritz was one of the world's greatest specialists on experimental film, animation and visual music. He was a film historian, professor, archivist and author of the very best sort - passionate, prolific, gentle, generous, accessible, inspirational and a practitioner of what taught - he made 34 films, both experimental and animation.

He was on the faculty at California Institute of the Arts, lectured at film festivals, museums, universities and conferences worldwide, was a past President of the Society for Animation Studies, and authored articles on abstract film & colour music, UPA, animation in the Nazi era, Max Fleischer, Oskar Fischinger, Jules Engel, Jordan Belson, the Whitneys, Bruce Conner, Harry Smith, Hy Hirsh, Mary Ellen Bute, Pat O'Neill, Stan Vanderbeek and many other artists.

In 1996 Absolut Vodka, together with Christine Panushka, launched the pioneering website Absolut Panushka, an online experimental animation festival (now gone and much lamented). There was no-one better equipped than Bill Moritz to provide the site's historic timeline - altogether he wrote 200 pages of background and contextual material covering a century of experiment.

His upcoming definitive biography of Oskar Fischinger, Optical Poetry (to be published very shortly by John Libby), is the culmination of more than 30 years' research and work with the Fischinger Estate - and a fitting memento of a very special person.

Cindy Keefer on Bill Moritz for Animation World Network, 24 June 2003
A Lifetime in Animation: The Glamorous Dr. William Moritz
articles by Bill Moritz in the Animation World Network archive
Bill Moritz's AWN articles
official website of the Fischinger Archive

Render things visible

The annual \\international\media\art\award has announced this year's competition.

The major European prize for artist's video and media, based in Karlsruhe Germany, is requesting entries which explore their theme for 2004, 'inVISIBLE \\ art_science'.

From medicine to astronomy, science has become the domain of technical imaging processes. Invisible worlds, from the microcosm to the macrocosm, are revealed by scientists who are continuing the mission of art described by Paul Klee in 1920: ‘Art does not reproduce what is visible, but renders things visible.’

Entries to the 2004 award (for video, internet or gallery) should present evidence that, in the age of apparatus-driven perception, art and science are in fact converging cultural technologies with a common alphanumerical code.

Submission deadline (postmarked) 1 April 2004.

In 2000, with a competition theme of 'cITy', the award was won by Jonathan Hodgson's animate! film Feeling My Way.

entry details for the 2004 award
one-minute extracts from all of the 450 videos and interactive works nominated for the prize since 1992
The Media Arts Archive
Jonathan Hodgson's award in 2000 for Feeling My Way was accompanied by a short essay by Chris Darke, now republished on animateonline
Taking a Line for a Walk

By design: film fashion art architecture

An international symposium at Tate Modern about the way cinema, architecture and fashion have collided, informed and energised one another for over a century.

The British Film Institute have just published a new catalogue 'Art & Design: A Source Book'. To mark the moment, the talks screenings and discussions during this afternoon's Tate+BFI event will interrogate the mobilised surfaces, spaces and images which define the experience and appearance of contemporary life.

Sunday 21 March 2004, 14.00–19.00.

for more details

Festival lists & information

We are often asked to recommend sources of information about international animation and short-film festivals. Below are the websites we like best. Please send us details of any other sources you find useful and reliable.

Pulse digital shorts funding

Pulse is the low-budget digital shorts scheme for new talent in the London region, now in its third year.

Film London (with UK Film Council) is again seeking proposals for digitally-produced narrative films, between 1 and 10 minutes in length, with a budget range of £2,000 - £10,000 depending on the nature of the project.

The scheme supports new filmmakers whose ambition is to tell stories in groundbreaking ways. Films can be of any genre, including those within fiction, animation, documentary, as well as projects that cut across these categories.

Submissions deadline 26 March 2004.

for application pack and details

animate! tv 2004 Call for Submissions

animate! tv is looking for new ideas.

We are commissioning another slate of personal projects for television, with running times of up to 6 minutes and production budgets between £5,000 and £20,000.

Send us a plan to scratch the world with unexpected tools. Or a playful proposition to surprise and stretch an audience. Above all, we are looking for projects fired by an irresistibly original idea that will challenge the boundaries of animation.

To submit a proposal to animate! tv 2004 you must be based in the UK and have some experience of experimental practice in film, video & digital media. Celluloid, tape and digital technologies are all acceptable, in pure or hybrid form.

Submissions deadline (postmarked) Friday 30 April 2004.

full guidelines and proposal pack from the funding section of this site
animate! tv 2004

3 animate!-makers win fellowships

This winter three UK/international Artists Fellowship Programmes are supporting animation artists for the first time.

John Parry, who made Salvage on animate! in 1998, has just returned from a two-and-a-half month International Artists Fellowship based in the artist-in-residence laboratory at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw. His project, using a 'limited' still style of animation, created a trailer for High Noon inspired by the use of images of Gary Cooper in posters for Solidarity. Sponsors: Arts Council England, British Council, Visiting Arts and Triangle Trust.

the artist-in-residence laboratory at Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
summary of John Parry's project
John Parry's animate! film, details on animateonline

Daniel Saul has started a three-month Taiwan-UK Artists Fellowship for digital arts in Taiwan. Living in Taipei Artist Village, he is pursuing his use of montage and collage to break the surface of film and reveal secrets behind the photo-reality. He completed his animate! film The Nuclear Train in 2002. Sponsors: Arts Council England, Visiting Arts, National Endowment for Culture & Arts and British Council Taipei.

Taipei Artist Village
summary of Dan Saul's project
Dan Saul's animate! film, details on animateonline
The Nuclear Train

Robert Bradbrook received the UK Arts Foundation's first ever Fellowship for Animation in January this year. Robert's animate! work End of Restriction (1994) was one of the earliest digital desktop films to be more concerned with 'emotional' narrative than pixel-fetish. He went on to make Home Road Movies for Channel 4 and Arts Council Lottery, which won more international festival awards in 2002 than any other British short film.

The Quay Brothers, makers of The Phantom Museum last year on animate!, received a special Arts Foundation award alongside Robert's Fellowship. The other two nominees, Daniel Saul and Tim Webb, have also made films on animate!.

Robert Bradbrook's animate! film, details on animateonline
End of Restriction
Robert's website for Home Road Movies
The Quay Brothers animate! film, details on animateonline
The Phantom Museum

Postcript: there is just time to apply for a ROSL Visual Arts Travel Scholarship 2004. £3,000 is offered for a UK artist (under 35y/o) to spend up to four weeks in a Commonwealth country of their choice.

Application deadline 31 March 2004.

more information about qualifying projects and countries

BBCi wants one-minute movies

The BBC wants your one-minute film for publication on their BBCi website.

No prizes, no money, no theme, no specific genre, no prescribed techniques. Just very basic advice, tips, hints - plus, if your film is selected, an online audience.

screening room, guidance and some rights-free downloadable (classical) music

All Roads film project

The US National Geographic Society Project is offering seed grants to assist world-wide "indigenous or minority-culture filmmakers" to create new projects.

One of the unexpected treats of last year's globetrotting RESFEST was the 'Off the Map', the most geographically-grounded programme in the digitally-orientated festival. Now the programme's sponsor National Geographic is going one stage further with the All Roads Film Project. This includes the All Roads Film Festival (with master classes and workshops) in Los Angeles and Washington this October, plus ten seed grants of $3,000 awarded during 2004 (with the possibility of an All Roads Fellowship of up to $100,000 next year to complete a seeded project).

In both instances National Geographic are seeking animation, music videos, features, documentaries and shorts with an international focus, in which "indigenous and minority-culture storytellers bring their lives, experiences and cultures to new audiences."

Festival submission deadline 31 May 2004. Seed grants are awarded on a rolling basis.

for festival entry form or seed grant application

onedotzero8 submission deadline extended

Selection starts shortly for onedotzero8, the eighth edition of the London-based world-touring pixel-fest. Chris Shepherd's animate! work Dad's Dead and Dan Saul's The Nuclear Train were both included in last year's global circumnavigation.

Submission deadline extended to 19 March 2004.

for submission form

NOW! the movie

World filmmakers are asked to contribute to the first ever co-operatively made and collectively owned cinema feature film, an intensely formed work about sustainable development.

Anyone anywhere can register, shoot and then submit digital footage for possible inclusion in "a powerful and inspiring snapshot view of the world today as seen through the eyes of a global network of film-makers". The UK-based project is motivated by classics like Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera (1929) through to Baraka (1992) and The Qatsi Trilogy, but will use audio-visual editing and sampling techniques to form the work. The soundtrack will be produced by Matt Black of Coldcut.

Preferred format is MiniDV although others can be handled (and digital files can be submitted online for preview). The production team hope to receive most material by June/July 2004. All makers of footage incorporated into NOW! will profit-share in the outcome.

more details and registration
an excellent essay by Marko Daniel on Dziga Vertov and his seminal 1929 film Man with a Movie Camera
a site for many of the epic 'condition of man' feature films in 'the spirit of Baraka'

Turbulence competition

Five commissions for the Turbulence website are offered in a juried international competition.

Turbulence (New Radio and Performing Arts Inc) has been supporting artists' exploration of the internet since 1996. Currently, together with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, they are seeking five new projects "that will experiment with new forms of interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity, and engage the user as an active participant."

Proposed works may include the use of wireless devices such as cell phones and palm pilots to access and add to the experience of the work. Each commission will be $5,000 (US).

Submission deadline 31 March 2004.

for submission details, and a resonant archive of interactive, thoughtful and provocative web-based art

This much is certain

A timely month-long event at the Royal College of Art about the significance of the document and the documentary in contemporary life and art.

The art exhibition, film programme, talks and online material deal with media control versus narrative construction and our inability to establish how much is certain any more. The rich line-up of films ranges from works by Peter Watkins, Mike Leigh and Nick Broomfield to Trinh T Minh-ha, Lenka Clayton and the Bureau of Inverse Technology, and includes Paul Bush's under-acknowledged 25-minute 'found-footage' masterpiece The Rumour of True Things.

This Much Is Certain runs until 4 April 2004.

full but very navigable online details and calendar

ZEBRA poetry film award

Entries are requested for the second ZEBRA Poetry Film Award, a section of the Berlin 2004 Poetry Festival.

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Award takes place in Berlin 1 - 4 July 2004 and is probably the world's largest viewing forum for short films relating to poetry in terms of content, aesthetics or form. Entries must be produced after 1 January 2000 and demonstrate a clear connection to one or more poems. They can be screened at the forum on 35mm or BetaSP.

The winner of the first ZEBRA award in 2002 was Tim Webb's animate! film 15th February (previously his film won the 1995 London ICA Dick Award as "the most provocative, innovative and subversive short film of the year"). Tim is currently in production with his second animate! commission Mr. Price.

Submission deadline 31 March 2004.

ZEBRA details and entry form
Tim Webb's first animate! film, details on animateonline
15th February

Internet excursions

Texture mapping - a simple but uncanny and revealing online tool from Tate Modern. Make the pigment texture and depth jump to life in two Auerbach paintings as you move a light source around them. Then click on 'Technical details' to find out more about the process behind this virtual light map.
Auto graffiti - Hektor may be under construction but you can still download the JPG stills, watch the MPG movie and read in the PDF pages how two Swiss guys lovingly developed their string+algorithm+spraycan graffiti machine.
METABLAST - a deconstructed internet forum, nuclear comings and goings, superpowers, paranoia - and Monaco font. Another work from Young-Hae Chang's Heavy Industries on the Seoul side of the north-south Korean border.
We fail - but before they do, they send creepy Shockwave shudders rasping through this grungy little buddy-buddy journey.

5 animate! premières on Channel 4 Wednesday 22 October

Five new animate! films have their premières on Channel 4 this Wednesday 22 October starting at twenty past midnight (ie 00:20 on Thursday morning):

6 new commissions in 2003

There were 126 submissions to animate!’s latest commissioning round, 72 from London and 54 from rest-of-UK. Six projects have been chosen to share the annual production funding provided by Arts Council England and Channel 4 Television.

The artists in animate!'s new slate for 2003 are Al + Al (London), Simon Faithfull (London), Tim Hope (London), Matt Hulse (Edinburgh), Samantha Moore (Shrewsbury) and Tim Webb (Broadstairs/London).

Their projects will be completed in summer 2004 for transmission by Channel 4 in the autumn.

The selection team was: