Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Anima Mundi 2012: Call for Entries

Anima Mundi 2012
20th International Animation Festival of Brazil
Rio de Janeiro - July 13th to 22nd
São Paulo - July 25th to 29th

Submissions: from January 16h to March 22nd, 2012

• March 22nd – Entry forms, preview DVDs, photos, promotional material and dialogue list.  Films received after this date cannot be accepted for selection and only copies in perfect screening condition will be accepted.

• May 16th - Notification of selected works on the festival website:
• June 13th - Arrival of final formats.
· July 13th to 29th – Festival period in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
• August 6th – Beginning of final formats return.
• November 30th - Deadline for the payment of all cash prizes.

· Short Film - shorts intended for the general public.
· Short for Children - shorts intended for children.
· Brazilian Short Film - shorts by Brazilian authors, exhibited in the Short Film and Short for Children screenings.
· Student Film - graduation shorts produced in animation courses or workshops, exhibited in the Short Film and Short for Children screenings.
· Feature Film - films with length over 60 minutes.
· Feature for Children - films with length over 60 minutes intended for children.
· Commissioned Film - commissioned works for advertising, institutional campaigns, music videos or special effects sequences for live-action feature films, exhibited in the Portfolio screenings.

· Animation, of Course! – a selection of films produced by students in schools, workshops and universities.
· Future Animator – animation shorts produced by children and teenagers.
· Gallery - unconventional or experimental animation works exhibited in a specific space.
· Panorama – films that reflect the tendencies of the recent international animation production.
· Special Screenings and Retrospectives


AUDIENCE AWARDS - The audience vote separately for the favorite films and videos. The votes will be immediately counted at the end of each screening and kept under total security and secrecy until the awards announcement.

Short Film - R$ 10.000,00
Short for Children - R$ 5.000,00
Brazilian Short Film - R$ 8.000,00
Student Film - R$ 4.000,00
Feature Film - R$ 5.000,00
Feature for Children - R$ 5.000,00

PROFESSIONAL JURY AWARDS - A collegiate of animators, filmmakers, journalists, fine artists, musicians and other specialists related to the art of animation vote and award the professional prizes among the films of the short film categories in competition:

Among ‘Short Film’ Programs
Best Animation - R$ 4.000,00
Best Script - R$ 4.000,00
Best Soundtrack - R$ 4.000,00
Best Art Direction - R$ 4.000,00

Among ‘Portfolio’ Programs
Best Commissioned Film - R$ 3.000,00

ANIMA MUNDI ON THE ROAD AWARD - Films and videos selected and invited to participate in ANIMA MUNDI ON THE ROAD, a special program that will tour on other Brazilian cities during 11 months after the festival, will receive a R$ 700,00 award.

BEST FILM AWARD - R$ 10.000,00 and the ANIMA MUNDI trophy to be awarded to the work which stands out as a special achievement to the animation language by the professional jury.  Anima Mundi is now a qualifying festival by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.  The recipient of the "Best Film Award" in the short films category may be eligible to enter the Animated Short Film competition for the concurrent Oscar® season, provided that the films meets all the requirements set forth by the Academy’s official rules for that season.  For more information, please see

- Only the winners of the 1st place in each category will receive the ANIMA MUNDI trophy and the cash prize.
- The awards may not be assigned in case there are less than 3 contestants in each category.
- The amounts mentioned above refer to the gross value of the prizes. The net value to be paid will be subject to the discount of income tax imposed by Brazilian laws and wire transfer expenses.
- Just for the Feature for Children category: In case there are less than 3 selected films in the Feature for Children category, those will automatically compete for the Best Feature Film award.  If there are 3 or more selected films in the Feature for Children category, separate awards will be assigned for the Best Feature Film and the Best Feature for Children.


• No entry fee is required.
• There is no restriction regarding themes or genres.
• There is no limit in the number of works submitted per entrant. However, a separate entry form is required for each work.
• Only animated productions on film or video that have not been selected or exhibited at previous ANIMA MUNDI editions may be entered.
• The entry form must be completely filled and sent through a valid e-mail address recognized by the festival system by the on-line version available exclusively at the website
• The person who fills the entry form will be considered fully responsible for the submission of the work and will remain as the contact for every correspondence with the festival regarding the entry.
• There is no minimum age to submit a film but awarded participants under 18 years old must indicate an adult as responsible for receiving the cash award on his/her behalf.
• The festival is entitled to give preference to works that have not yet been on general release or exhibited in other festivals in Brazil.
• On no account will the festival pay exhibition fees for any selected or invited film.

· For the selection process, a preview copy of the submitted work must be a final edited version EXCLUSIVELY DVD preferably free region (0 or ALL) and NTSC system, recorded on DVD video, 4x3 or 16x9 anamorphic format, WITHOUT INTERACTIVE MENU.
· The DVD must run in standard DVD players. DVDs that only run in computers (DATA DVDs) will be automatically disqualified for the selection process.
· Works that are unfinished or in progress will not be considered for selection.
· It is obligatory to send one work per DVD.
· The EXTERNAL DVD envelope must be identified with the title of the work, name of the director, running time, color and format (PAL/NTSC). STICKY LABELS MUST NOT BE FIXED ON THE MEDIA.
· Only for the pre-selection process, the preview DVDs of films in other languages must contain an option for subtitles in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
· Beside the subtitles, a text file (in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format) with the full dialogue list, narration or written cards containing the time code must be provided during the on-line entry process. Languages accepted are English, French, Spanish or Portuguese (more information in the entry form).
· It is obligatory to send, through upload during the on-line submission process, at least one still photograph of the work in jpeg format (.jpeg), with minimum resolution of 300 dpi, approximate size dimensions of 15x10 cm (6x4 inches), RGB, for the catalogue and for promotional purposes of the festival.
· All materials requested for pre-selection must be sent prepaid and will not be returned.  They will be placed in the festival’s archives.

Accepted screening formats are Film (35mm), DVD, Blu-Ray or Digital files.
• Entrants that have more than one work selected for the festival must send separately one work per media.
• All boxes must be labeled with the title of the work, running time, system and region, entrant's name and address.
• The compatible formats and instructions for sending the digital files will be individually informed by the festival production team after the selection process (after May, 16th).


PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL - pre selection process and selected works
· Transport costs charges of medias, as well as any other related charges – notably customs forwarding agents’ fees for import and export – must be fully paid both ways by producers, directors or authorised organisations. Promotional material, videos and DVDs (pre-selection or final format) must be preferably sent by regular mail service.
· The use of courier or express services is not acceptable. In case it is absolutely necessary, it is mandatory to explicit declare in the commercial invoice and AWB that duties and taxes will be paid in the origin (prepaid modality). Collect and airfreight shipments will not be accepted.
· Should a customs declaration be requested, "no commercial value" or a value under US$ 5.00 must be declared. Expenses incurred by the non-observance of this instruction WILL NOT BE PAID BY THE FESTIVAL. Transportation service bills will be charged to the shipper, otherwise the delivery will not be accepted.
· Shipments by regular airmail must be done the earliest possible.
· All material sent from abroad should be properly packed and labeled as "NO COMMERCIAL VALUE - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY". The special mailing label available at the website must be preferably used.
· Works will be neither collected nor returned to P.O. Box addresses.

• The festival will be responsible for the safety of all films and videos from the time of delivery until they are shipped in return. In case of loss or damage of a copy during the event, the obligation of the festival will be limited to compensating the entrant only for the cost of making a new copy, according to a professional lab invoice.

• 35mm format with optical soundtrack only.
• Each print must be on a separate standard reel, heads out and with the title of the work clearly printed on the leader.
• Each print must be in an adequate film container, labeled with the title of the work, running time, aspect ratio, entrant's name and address.
• The festival will arrange the transportation of 35mm film prints through the support of diplomatic institutions or shipping agencies. Specific and detailed shipping instructions will be sent via email after the selection process (May 16th).
• All film prints will be checked for damages before and after the festival screenings by specialized professionals. A copy of the report will be sent along with the film after the festival. 

Vídeo – DVD and Blu-Ray
· DVD and Blu-Ray copies can be from any region (preferably NTSC system) and contain a final authored version approved by the entrant, WITHOUT WATERMARKS.
• For the festival video screenings, the selected works may be copied in their entirety in Blu-Ray or DVD that will contain the works in the screening order as defined by the festival curators. The festival will be fully responsible for the quality and insurance of this material, hereby guaranteeing that it will not be used for any other means, unless a previous written authorization is given by the entrant.
• The medias must be sent by entrants at their own expenses and won’t be returned.


• The festival’s official language is the Brazilian Portuguese. The festival will take care of the electronic subtitling of ALL foreign films and videos. In order to do so, a text file with time-code information should be uploaded during the entry process. Languages accepted are English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
• Films with fixed subtitles will not be accepted for screening. All final format versions of the works must contain the film WITHOUT SUBTITLES.
• The festival will produce a Portuguese dubbed version of the works to be exhibited in the Shorts for Children screenings. In this case, for foreign films selected for this category the final format will be required with M&E (music and sound effects) separated from dialogues and narration (channels 1 and 2 only). In case the media cannot be sent, a digital M&E file with timecode must be provided instead.

• Every selected work will receive a Certificate of Participation.
• No material sent to the festival will be returned to the entrant or loaned to third parties before the conclusion of the festival activities.
• Should the work be returned to an address other than the one indicated in the entry form (i.e.: other animation festival), the entrant must provide a written and signed request along with new shipping instructions prior to seven days before the festival's closing date. 


- For questions and general information please check our “FAQ” in our website or write to:
- Films and videos shipping issues:
- Entry form and rules:
When writing, please include the original title and entry ID number in the “subject” header of the message.


The Multiplatform International Animation Contest will take place on-line simultaneously to the festival, replacing the traditional ANIMA MUNDI WEB & CELL contest. The specific rules and entry form for ANIMA MULTI CONTEST will be available by April 2012 in the website

Important: The same work can be entered for ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL and for the ANIMA

MULTI CONTEST. If selected, it will participate only in one or the other, exclusively at the discretion of the festival directors.

Call for Submissions to Toronto Animation Arts Festival International

From TAAFI press release:

Toronto – The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) has opened up its submission process for animated films for their inaugural event to take place June 22 – 24th, 2012.

TAAFI is excited to receive submissions to the festival and there are several categories that you can enter. Submission is FREE before February 29th 2012 and submissions close April 15th 2012. Chosen by a committee of experts, selected films will be eligible for: Audience Choice Grand Prix and Best of Fest Grand Prix. Besides films, Animated Commercials, Game Cinematics, and Motion Graphics are all welcome and encouraged.

TAAFI is accepting both International and local Shorts (22 minutes or less) and Features (60 Minutes or Longer) of all genres and techniques! If it is animated we would like to see it!

"We're excited to finally bring a world-class animation festival to Toronto!” says Barney Wornoff, TAAFI Chair and Founding Member. “People are really going to go nuts for the great animation we'll be showing from around the world and from their very own backyard. It's about time Toronto had a festival of this caliber, celebrating our exciting animation industry, artists and everything that is animated!"

To access the application and find full details visit

About TAAFI:
In its inaugural year, TAAFI is an eye opening festival celebrating animated storytelling styles from all over the world. TAFFI 2012 will be held June 22-24 in downtown Toronto. TAAFI is comprised of six founding members, including: Barney Wornoff; Ben McEvoy; JoAnn Purcell; Rich Duhaney; Mike Weiss and Mark Jones. For more information visit

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Grab Free Tickets to the LA Premiere of JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM

From Warner Home Video press release:

Warner Home Video, Los Angeles Times and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the West Coast Premiere of Justice League: Doom, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, in Los Angeles on February 16, 2012. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion hosted by The Times’ Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher.

A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public. Fans in the Los Angeles City area wishing to receive free tickets to the LA event on Feb. 16 must RSVP via email to Email RSVPs must include the fan’s first and last name, and a valid email address.

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Los Angeles Times will also be giving away special seating for the event to a number of lucky Hero Complex readers.

Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s “contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded “JLA: Tower of Babel.”

The film features the voices of Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern, Tim Daly (Private Practice) as Superman, and a grand reunion of actors who provided the voices of the Justice League for the cartoon of the same name and its follow-up, Justice League Unlimited, including Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Batman, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Breaking In) as Flash, Susan Eisenberg (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) as Wonder Woman and Carl Lumbly (Alias) as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter. Bumper Robinson (A Different World, Transformers: Animated) joins the cast as Cyborg. The cast features three villainous alumni of the Justice League animated series: Phil Morris (Smallville, Seinfeld) as Vandal Savage, Olivia d’Abo (The Wonder Years) as Star Sapphire, and Alexis Denisof (Angel) as Mirror Master. Also opposing our heroes are Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) as Bane, Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) as Metallo, and Claudia Black (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) as Cheetah. David Kaufman (Danny Phantom) also reprises his Justice League role of Jimmy Olsen.

The filmmaking team includes executive producer by Bruce Timm, director Lauren Montgomery, producer Alan Burnett and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano. Justice League: Doom is the final DC Universe film script from the late Dwayne McDuffie.

Voice cast members and filmmakers will be announced as confirmed for the event. The Paley Center for Media is located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new Justice League: Doom arrives February 28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViiolet™ Digital Copy.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Academy releases final 10 for VFX Oscar List

From the AMPAS press release:

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 84th Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  1.  Captain America: The First Avenger
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  3. Hugo
  4. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  6. Real Steel
  7. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  8. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  9. The Tree of Life
  10. X-Men: First Class
All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Thursday, January 19. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.