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Cartoons on the Bay 2004, a Photo Gallery

Cartoons on the Bay, the only festival devoted to TV animation, proved to be a gracious host on my visit there to give a talk. Herewith are a selection of my snapshots and images from some of this year's award-winning entries.

Tripping the Rift
CinéGroupe's sci-fi comedy Tripping the Rift (Canada, 2003) won two Pulcinella Awards at Cartoons on the Bay for Best Programme of the Year and Best TV Series for Teenagers and Adults.

Cartoons on the Bay awards coverI just returned from my first visit to Cartoons on the Bay, in Positano, Italy, a festival devoted to TV animation, where I had a wonderful time. In terms of size, the festival, held April 21-25, is limited in size because of the facilities, with films shown in a modest theater-in-a-tent on the beach — the other main venue was the conference room of the elegant Covo dei Saraceni Hotel, where I gave my talk on “Innovation in Feature Animated Films.”

Positano is a former fishing village turned vacation resort south of Naples, which is frequented as much by Italians as by foreign tourists. However, despite the very international flavor of the films in competition, presentations and speakers, Cartoons on the Bay is largely an Italian affair. The event was largely done under the aegis of Rai Trade, the distribution division of Rai, Italy's government broadcaster; its Rai Fiction unit, which also had a large presence, is a major funder of Italian animation production. As such, the festival provided a unique view of what's going on in Italian animation.

Cartoons on the Bay's Cartoon Village
A view from my hotel room of the festival's Cartoon Village, where all the films in-and-out-of-competition were shown, and the awards presentations were held. Live entertainment, mostly musical, preceded evening screenings, with a mini-fashion show helped open the awards ceremony.

This piece, however, is not devoted to an analysis on what went on, but to show a few of the snapshots I took, along with images from some of this year's award winners.

Festival director and founder Alfio Bastiancich on right, with Italian TV personalities Fabrizio Rocca and Paola Saluzzi, who served as emcees for the entertainment and evening screenings.

Linda SimenskyI was originally only planning to be there as a journalist,but was asked to also speak at the festival's conference with only a few weeks notice; the conference theme this year was innovation in animation, and I talked on “Innovation in Animation.” Linda Simensky (pictured on left) spoke on “Innovation in Production, which focused on her experiences at Cartoon Network and why she left to go to PBS. Craig Miller, seen here with Alfio Bastiancich and Craig MillerAlfio Bastiancich, talked about “Innovation in Writing.” The star speaker, though, was Richard Williams, whose topic was “Innovation in Animation,” but talked about how he came to rediscover the secrets of the masters, or in his phrase, “drink the blood” of the likes of Ken Harris, Art Babbit and Grim Natwick.

Williams was given a special career Pulcinella Award, as was the Giulio Gianini, who helped create the character which is the festival's mascot and award namesake.

Cartoons on the Bay jury
The Pulcinella Awards jury line up for their mug shots on opening night. From left-to-right: Natalie Altman, Director of Children's Programs for M6, Shelly Page, DreamWorks Animation's European Representative, Linda Simensky, Senior Director of Children's Programming for PBS, Lucia Bolzoni, Project Manager for Rai Fiction, and Dennis de Visscher, Acquisitions Controller Youth for NRK.

Cartoons on the Bay press conference
A view of a press conference for a project involving Palestinian and Israeli teenagers who are collaborating on the production of a short animated film about peace.

Vickie Deneroff and Harvey Deneroff
Here I am on the beach at Positano with my wife Vickie.

That's all for now, but I hope to write about Cartoons on the Bay 2004 in more detail elsewhere, including some interesting feature films shown at night.

— Harvey Deneroff
April 28, 2004

2004 by Harvey Deneroff







And the winners are ...

Penguins Behind Bars
Janet Perlman's hilarious Penguins Behind Bars (Hulascope for Cartoon Network, Canada, 2003) won a Pulcinella Award for Best TV Movie or Special. She co-wrote it with Derek Lamb.

The God
Konstantin Bronzit's The God (Melnitsa, Russia, 2003) was cited for its “clever use of 3D animation and great comedic timing” in winning a Pulcinella for Best Short Film.

Zoe Kezako
Sparkling's Zoé Kézako (France, 2003) won for Best Character of the Year and Best TV Series for Children.

Creature Comforts TV series
Aardman Animations took the award for Best European Programme for Creature Comforts (UK, 2003) based on Nick Park's classic short, which also inspired a series of popular British TV adverts.

Raju and I
Raju and I from India's Animagic Special Effects Pvt. Ltd. won the first UNICEF-Regione Campania Prize, which was decided by a separate jury. Special mention was also given to Italy's Hocus and Lotus Adventures, which helps teach foreign languages to preschool children.

Steffi's World
The Pulcinella for Best Pilot went to The Animation Band's Stefi's World (Italy).

Corneil & Bernie
Millimages' Corneil & Bernie (France, 2003) won for Best TV Series for All Audiences.

Franny's Feet
Franny's Feet (Decode, Canada, 2003), was deemed the Best TV Series for Infants.

Guard Dog
The jury also gave special mentions to Bill Plympton's Guard Dog (USA, 2003), “for its unique personal style and outrageous humor,” and to ...

Pimpa's Magic Day
Pimpa's Magic Day (Italy, 2003) from Quipos, in part, for its “bold and colorful art direction.”