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Briefly: Animated Feature Oscar Rules Change; Spanish Animation Growing Globally; "Hero of Color City" at Cannes

  • Variety reports a change in the rules for the Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award that one recipient will be a producer on the winning film. Typically, two people are given the award, with the new rules stating that one be a producer and the other a director “and/or key creative individual.” In the event a film has a shared and equal director credit, a third statuette may be awarded.
  • Variety also reports that the Spanish animation industry is growing both in the domestic production market and as an export to foreign markets, with new distribution and broadcast deals bringing substantial amounts into an otherwise beleaguered industry.
  • The Hollywood Reporter notes that U.K.-based Moviehouse Entertainment is shopping around their animated feature The Hero of Color City at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie is directed by Frank Gladstone and stars Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez, and Craig Ferguson, and is slated for release in summer 2014.

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