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Osmosis Jones to Premiere at World Animation Celebration

Festival to screen 200 films (August 01, 2001)
The 8th World Animation Celebration will kick off its annual event on Tuesday, August 7, 2001, with the public premiere of the upcoming Warner Bros. animated feature "Osmosis Jones."

Other highlights of the event include:
-- the American Premiere of "Mutant Aliens"
-- new shorts and entertainment from Aardman Animations,
-- the premiere of "Blood: The Last Vampire"
-- the premiere of new Computer Animation and new British Animation
-- a sneak peek of "Ice Age" from Fox Feature Animation
-- a Dreamworks Animation presentation of the making of "Shrek"
-- a Sony Pictures Imageworks presentation of the making of "Stuart Little II," "Spider-man," and the making of "Final Fantasy"


The six-day film festival and industry market will take place at the Egyptian Theater located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel at 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. The event is open to the public and tickets are available at the door for all events.

The market doors open each day at 9 a.m. and the public is invited to attend screenings each evening beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Good networking opportunities are available free at Hollywood Roosevelt's hotel bar, a traditional hang-out for industry types attending the WAC. Also, the foyer in front of the Egyptian Theater will be hopping.

The event will bring together leading producers, filmmakers, writers, agents, artists, directors, and executives in the animation business. The celebration will feature new properties, screenings, seminars, workshops, panels, and business conferences.

Over the past several months "Animation Magazine" has been sending nominating ballots for the first Animation Hall of Fame to industry professionals. The balloting ended on June 11, 2001. Currently a committee, headed by Rita Street, is being formed to select the first inductees. The induction ceremonies along with a reception will take place during the week of the festival.

More than 800 films have been submitted to the festival. The categories range from commercials, special effects, CGI, produced for the Internet, less than five minutes all the way to feature-length movies like "Osmosis Jones" and "Mutant Aliens." Two hundred films will be screened during the festival. Themes for other screenings include "Sex, Death and Eroticism," "Love and Lust" and "The Lost Cinemascope Cartoons."

Each day of the festival features different themes. One day will be devoted to international production companies and facilities. Companies from India, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Japan and China have been invited to make presentations.

The 8th World Animation Celebration is co-sponsored by "Animation Magazine" and "Variety." It is the only festival of its kind in North America. Since 1985 it has been a magnet for the industry drawing the most important animation artists, producers and executives in the world to attend its conferences, trade show, career exposition and screenings. More than 15,000 attendees are expected for the six-day event, taking place in Hollywood from August 7-12, 2001. This year marks the inauguration of the Animation Hall of Fame and the induction of the first members.

For complete listings, see www.wacfest.com .

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