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Coraline Plays Festivals In Estonia, Poland

NOVEMBER 19 – DECEMBER 11, 2011: After playing at the Animated Dreams festival in Tallinn, Estonia on November 19, Coraline will travel to the Animation Now! Festival in Poland for two additional screenings on December 9 and December 11.   Running from November 16-20, Animated Dreams is Estonia’s most significant festival, celebrating all forms of international professional and student animation, from shorts to features.  It includes screenings in and out of competition.  Animation Now! is a contemporary festival that takes place December 7-11 in Poland.  Animation Now! screens highlighted works from other major festivals, including Annecy, Ottawa and Cannes, among others.  All screenings are free.  On December 9, Coraline will play at 6:00 PM at Kino Kameralne in Gdańsk and on December 11 at 5:00 PM at Klub Filmowy in Gdynia.

Coraline Wins Two Awards At Armenian Festival

NOVEMBER 7, 2011: Coraline captured the two top prizes at Armenia’s 7th International Film Festival for Children and Young People.  The feature was named Best Animated film by both the International Adult Jury and the International Children’s Jury.  Held in Yerevan, Armenia, the festival took place October 22-26.

Little, Brown Books Acquires Publishing Program For ParaNorman

OCTOBER 27, 2011: New York and Portland – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has acquired world print and electronic rights to a publishing program based on ParaNorman, according to Travis Knight, LAIKA’s President & CEO and Andrew Smith, Vice President and Deputy Publisher at Little, Brown Books.

The acquisition for key movie tie-ins and an original middle-grade novel, based on ParaNorman, was made by Erin Stein, Senior Executive Editor.  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will launch this new publishing program in June 2012.

The publishing program features ParaNorman, an original illustrated middle-grade novel written by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel.  Working closely with ParaNorman’s writer/co-director Chris Butler, Ms. Kimmel provides an exciting expanded version of the film’s story; it is  illustrated in black and white.  No stranger to writing about the paranormal world, Ms. Kimmel brings humor, heart and supernatural charm to Norman’s trials and tribulations.

For ParaNorman’s younger fans, the publishing program will also include an 8 x 8 storybook, ParaNorman: Attack of the Pilgrim Zombies! and a Level 2 early reader, ParaNorman: Meet the Ghosts, part of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ recently launched leveled reading program, Passport to Reading. Both will be illustrated with full-color film stills.

ParaNorman is unlike anything kids and parents have seen, and we are so pleased to be bringing Norman’s thrilling and heartfelt tale to readers, beyond what they will see in the cutting-edge film next summer,” said Mr. Smith. “We’re excited to work with LAIKA, world renowned for bringing great stories to groundbreaking visual life.”

“Little, Brown has a long history of care, daring, and dedication to the written word,” said Mr. Knight. “Their love of bold ideas, fidelity to artists and creators and a demonstrated commitment to excellence make them the perfect partner to bring the story of ParaNorman to the page.  We’re thrilled to collaborate with such an exceptional publisher and wonderful creative team.”

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is a division of Hachette Book Group, a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Center Street, Orbit and Hachette Digital.

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is the author of the Suddenly Supernatural series and Lily B. books.  She lives in Cold Spring, New York.  For more information, click here.

Moongirl Plays In Spain

NOVEMBER 9: Moongirl will screen at 8:00 PM at the Sala Val del Omar Filmoteca de Andalucía (Film Archive of Andalusia).  For more information, log onto:

Moongirl Screens Manhattan

OCTOBER 15, 2011: Moongirl played at Big Screen Plaza, in New York City, located on 29th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.  Big Scren Plaza played animated and live action films from the Brooklyn Film Festival’s kidsfilmfest, whose mission is to discover, expose, and promote children’s filmmakers.

About Big Screen Plaza: From the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Big Screen Plaza features a 30 x 16 ft. HD-format LED screen. Established in 2010, the 10,000-square foot outdoor multimedia venue hosts major events and screenings of an eclectic mix, ranging from cinema to sports, from the arts to fashion.  For more information, click here.

Suzanne Twining Presents At Siren Nation Film Festival

NOVEMBER 6, 2011: Animator Suzanne Twining appeared at the Siren Nation Film Festival at Portland’s Mission Theater & Pub. Suzanne spoke about the creative process, from LAIKA and beyond.

Siren Nation is an arts organization that showcases and creates performance and exhibition opportunities for women throughout the year.  The women’s collective produces an annual festival showcasing the original work of women working in music, film, performance and visual art. For more information, click here.

Portland’s Hollywood Theatre To Host Stop-Motion Workshop For Kids

DECEMBER -TBD-2011: The Hollywood Theatre will offer an Animate It! workshop in December at the historic venue, located at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.  Sponsored by LAIKA, the weekend event will  introduce the art of stop-motion to 2nd – 4th grade students.  For details and reservations, call (503) 281-4215.

“Instructors are concocting some very special adventures for the young animators,”  said Justen Harn, Director of Programs and Community Engagement at the Hollywood Theatre.

Each participant will produce their own short, which, upon culmination of the workshop, will be shown on the big screen.  “This memorable weekend will foster creativity, peer to peer support and instill an appreciation for stop-motion while also deepening their connection to their community,” Harn said.

The Hollywood Theatre is a n0nprofit organization whose mission is to entertain, inspire, educate and connect the community through the art of film while preserving a Portland landmark.  For more information, click here.

Artists Create Pumpkins For Children’s Benefit

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011: LAIKA artists donated their time and creativity to build thirteen pumpkins for The Great Pumpkin ASK (Artists Supporting Kids) Project.  A total of 23 pumpkin creations, from LAIKA and other artists, were unveiled during a champagne reception on September 29 at Madison & Millinger Studio: 530 NW 11th Avenue in Portland.  Event proceeds benefited The Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon.

The pumpkins are also be part of October’s First Thursday event in Portland at the Froelick Gallery, Augen Gallery, Gallery 903 and Bluehour.

LAIKA’s participating artists include: Mattzilla Duron, Ean McNamara, Ed Juan, Dave Davenport, Robin Ator, Rob Melchior, Gesine Kratzner, Katie Mello, Ben Adams, Michael Possert, Jr., Molly Light, Ercilia Campos, Diane Lopez, Tony Chen, Ray Moore, Coby Lorang, Greg Boettcher, Tim Arp, Paul Mack, Keith McQueen, Elecia Beebe, Daniel Miller and Raul Martinez.

To learn more about the event, click here.

LAIKA Participates At North America’s Largest Animation Festival

SEPTEMBER 21-25, 2011: At the 2011 Ottawa International Animation Festival, LAIKA presented a broad look behind the scenes of Coraline to hundreds of students from the region at the National Gallery of Canada.  As part of the event, the short Moongirl was screened.  LAIKA also sponsored the popular Salon des Refusés, a late-night screening of short films rejected by the Ottawa jury.

In addition, LAIKA/house’s “Holiday Party” competed in the festival’s Promotional Animation category.  To read more about the 2011 festival, click here.

India Festival Selects Coraline Among Best Children’s Films

NOVEMBER 14-20, 2011: Coraline has been invited to the 17th International Children’s Film Festival India.  The feature will be presented within a specially curated non-competitive section entitled  “Children’s World,” which will include the best international children’s cinema over the last ten years.  The festival will be held November14- 20 in Hyderabad, India.  For more information, click here.

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