Portland’s PLATFORM Fest Sets Dates

Portland, Oregon, just became more animated. It was announced yesterday that the PLATFORM International Animation Festival is ready to launch June 25-30, 2007 in Portland. Festival founder and director Irene Kotlarz says the new festival and competition will feature animated films, installations and exhibitions and offere exclusive screenings, guest speakers, workshops and network opportunities. Solely sponsored by Cartoon Network, the event will also offer cash prizes, and include other art forms such as comics, illustration, character and toy design, motion graphics and gallery art.

‘This is an important period for animation because the rapid growth of technology changes the possibilities of our craft every day,’ says produer Kotlarz, who was also director of animation festivals in Cambridge, Bristol and Cardiff in the U.K. ‘We want animators to be able to find new answers and new opportunities with the best in the industry. Whether the animated submissions are created for theaters, cell phones or for the sides of buildings, if it is brilliant and innovative, we want to show it.’

“In all the talk about this new platform and that new platform, no one is really talking about what makes good content for these areas, or how to grow a generation of creators for these platforms,’ says Cartoon Network’s senior VP of programming and development Michael Ouweleen. ‘That’s why Cartoon Network is proud to be the sole sponsor of this important new international festival and competition. PLATFORM will serve as a special place where emerging artists and talents can learn, grow, be inspired and showcase their work.

The international competition is open to films under 40 minutes (with no minimum running time) and there is no entry fee. Judges will present awards in categories covering commercial and independent films, student animation and films for new platforms, including cell phones and the Internet. Rules stipulate that films must have premiered after January 1, 2005 to be eligible. In total, more than $50,000 will be awarded. The deadline to enter your work is March 1, 2007.

For more information on the PLATFORM International Animation Festival, log onto www.platformfestival.com