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Press Release for the Animated FIlm Festival

posted on 2001-08-28 21:23 EDT
A Press Release for the Animated FIlm Festival sponsered by Level 13 and Direct TV. Time is running short to submit your entry. You better do it now.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR STUDENT ANIMATORS TO SUBMIT THEIR ANIMATED MASTERPIECE FOR THE FIRST ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORED BY DIRECTV AND FILM ROMAN'S LEVEL13.NET
Top Entries Will Be Showcased on DIRECTV; Winners To Receive Cash Prizes. Submissions Due September 28 NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, August 27, 2001 - Film Roman's LEVEL13.NET, the first multi-channel animation network on the Internet and DIRECTV, Inc., provider of the nation's leading digital television service invite all aspiring animators to participate in their first co-sponsored Animated Film Festival. Animators are encouraged to submit their short films to Film Roman's LEVEL13.NET by the September 28 deadline. Winners in three categories will be selected by a blue ribbon panel of judges in the field of entertainment, animation and broadcasting and will be announced in December. Details for submissions can be found at www.level13.net .

The animated film festival offers working artists, undiscovered animators and student filmmakers from around the world a platform to showcase their talent to 10 million customers on DIRECTV®, as part of a DIRECTV FREEVIEW® event series scheduled to air in December 2001. DIRECTV will also broadcast selected short films from the LEVEL13.NET website as a part of the BLOCKBUSTER® TICKET only on DIRECTV pay per view countdown clock, shown before a movie begins. Submissions will be accepted in three specific categories: 2-D Animation, 3-D Animation and Experimental Animation. In each of the three categories a first, second and third prize winner will be chosen, and a grand prize winner will also be selected for the film considered "Best of Show," receiving a DIRECTV System, as well as $2,500. The blue ribbon panel of judges will choose the winners based on story telling, animation direction, art direction and production design.

"We are very excited to present this first animation festival with DIRECTV and we encourage all aspiring animators to participate," said Jay Francis, vice president and general manager of EVEL13.NET. "Tapping into new talent is essential for us and we look forward to offering both up and coming and working animators a unique opportunity to reach a nationwide audience."

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Film Roman is best known for its work on behalf of prime time hits, The Simpsons and King of the Hill, as well as its established base in Saturday morning and syndicated kids animation. The Company has now expanded into live-action television and motion picture production and maintains its web presence, LEVEL13.NET, as an area to develop new properties for its television and film business. The newly premiered, The Capbusters, is the first Flash animated series on the Web to give its viewers the choice of watching either a "Spanglish" or Spanish language version. Another of its properties, Hairballs, is now in series development with MTV. Leveraging its talented pool of animators, Film Roman is also active in the commercial production business.

DIRECTV provides customers with access to more than 225 channels of digital-quality programming, including HBO®, STARZ!®, SHOWTIME®, Comedy Central, CNN, ESPN, Lifetime, MSNBC, Food Network and the Travel Channel.

About Film Roman's LEVEL13.NET Established by Film Roman, producer of such hit shows as The Simpsons and King of the Hill, LEVEL13.NET was launched in November of 1999, as a multi-channel animation network for the Internet offering a wide variety of both acquired and originally produced animated short programming. The site serves Film Roman as an audience building medium and development platform for show concepts and characters. All of the original content produced by LEVEL13.NET is character driven with a special emphasis on humorous and edgy story lines. LEVEL13.NET has also undertaken an aggressive acquisition program, targeting animation colleges, festivals and independent animation producers for world-class animated material. Many LEVEL13.NET films have won awards at prestigious film festivals, and its numerous alliances and strategic partnerships have built LEVEL13.NET a global reputation as a leading content provider.
About DIRECTV, Inc. DIRECTV is the nation's leading digital satellite television service provider with 10 million customers. DIRECTV, the Cyclone Design logo, TOTAL CHOICE and BLOCKBUSTER TICKET only on DIRECTV are trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc., a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation. HUGHES is the world's leading provider of digital television entertainment, and satellite and wireless systems and services. The earnings of HUGHES, a unit of General Motors Corporation, are used to calculate the earnings per share attributable to the General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE: GMH). Visit DIRECTV on the World Wide Web at www.DIRECTV.com.

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