Tony Dyson, my personal memorial tribute.

In memory of Anthony John Dyson (1947 – 2016)
Best known for being R2-D2s ‘Dad’.

His website is gone, but archived here.
His facebook page.

Update:

Tony was honoured at the BAFTA 2017 ceremony.  The British Academy of Film and Television Arts gave credits to the man that created R2D2 for Star Wars, and one of my own photographs was used for this. (with permission, of course!). Aired on BBC television on February 12, 2017. He would have loved this!

In memory of Tony Dyson

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Special Effects Designer
13 April 1947 to 3 March 2016

A British special effects designer and expert in robotics, Dyson’s first film job came designing the jetpacks for Moonraker (1979). He was best known for the R2-D2 robots for Star Wars (1977), which included remote control versions, stunt versions, and models that could seat performer Kenny Baker.

I worked with Tony since 2011, we met online in Second Life, and he agreed to be head of jury for the 48 Hour Film Project Machinima. We soon started creating machinima together, which he called ‘real time animation’. In 2013 we met in Malta, and I quit my day-job to work full-time on producing animated shorts and e-books with Tony. We met again in Finland for the Robotics conference, and later in Gozo, Xlendi, where we rented an office together.

Tony was more than a tutor, he was my inspiration and best friend. There are plenty of stories to tell about him, and our projects, but today I will share a personal memory.

Today, March 7th, 2016 – just 6 days before his 69th birthday – his ashes will be spread in Gozo.

To honor Tony, and the bond we had, I am sharing the only photograph that shows both of us together (I took hundreds of photo’s of Tony) and a poem he wrote for me, years ago.

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Dawn has gone
Dusk is upon us once again
Swallows are resting
Bats are hunting
The Night Angels prepare our spirits for flight

Only our soul knows the true journey ahead
Only our soul knows our deepest desires
So listen to my voice and see my dreams unfold
For I will be heard above life’s din
I am mortal of flesh and bone and will have my time before I die
To see the colors of the rainbow up high

Touch me not with gold so bright,
Touch me not with ebony so dark
Touch me not with marble so cold
Touch me not with hands so eager
But touch my heart with love and truth and I will be yours for ever, Chantal.

AJD

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COLUMBIA GORGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Vancouver, Washington – USA
August 14 to 18, 2013

UPCOMING DEADLINE
March 18, 2013 – Late Deadline

The 5th Annual COLUMBIA GORGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CGIFF).

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A unique and fast-growing community arts and culture festival, CGIFF brings together filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, and artists from around the world to participate in a free-to-attend and open-to-all event packed with screenings, workshops, and panels, right in the heart of beautiful Vancouver, Washington.

CGIFF showcases a variety of local, national, and international films, exhibiting a broad range of work about current affairs and relevant topics that directly affect communities. The Festival welcomes student, independent, and professional works of all genres, and features red carpet premieres, screenings with Q&As, and live music showcases. CGIFF also honors films, filmmakers, and screenwriters with a number of awards for outstanding achievement. In its first four seasons, CGIFF has presented over $20,000 USD worth of cash and prizes.

CGIFF is a non-profit project from Angaelica, an arts- and ecology-oriented collaborative designed to promote the ability of individual communities to achieve powerful social good. Angaelica’s efforts support artists, collaborative projects, and ecologically sound farming, all under the banner of creating a stronger, healthier, more interconnected global culture.

Click here to SUBMIT your work

Scratch International Film Festival

Scratch! International Animation Film Festival – (2nd Edition)

14/15 June 2013 – Lecce (Italy)
Scratch! is an International Animation Film Festival at second edition open to short movies (max. 20 min).

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This festival is exclusively an animation festival
Three competitive categories:
1) 3d/VFX.
2) traditional animation, 2d digital animation, mixed media, stop motion.
3) Music Videos.
Scratch! will take place in Lecce, Italy
Submission is free!

Deadline 30th of April 2013.

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The MARFA FILM FESTIVAL

Marfa, Texas – USA
June 26 to 30, 2013

March 11, 2013 – Regular Deadline

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The Marfa Film Festival, set in gorgeous Texas, has become a beacon for amazing filmmakers, industry, and press from around the world.

As a non-competitive film festival, the MMF Marfa Film Festival offers no first place prizes and selects no winners, instead offering selected films a remarkable screening experience and the opportunity to forge connections with audiences and artists in a variety of disciplines. Festival alumni have gone on to earn numerous awards including Oscars, Emmys, and top honors at festivals around the world. In previous years, MFF has honored Dennis Hopper, Larry McMurtry, Lou Reed, and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. At MFF, films are screened one-at-a-time, ensuring each selected participant benefits from the full attention he or she deserves.

They accept Narratives, Documentaries, Animated Films, and Music Videos of any genre, addressing any topic. Films must screen within defined runtimes, detailed below. Marfa Film Festival places no restriction on an entry’s production date or premier status. We also welcome abandoned classics from decades past and never before seen indies.

Thanks to MFF’s remote location and low pollution, visitors are treated to screening experiences they simply won’t find anywhere else, including night-time cinema celebrations under a blanket of stars thicker than most attendees have ever seen. At its core, MFF represents a blend of cowboy, auteur, and home-grown artistic cultures that continues to blaze its own trail along the festival landscape. The result is a unique kind of magic that pulls visitors back again and again.

Submit your work HERE

ACTION/CUT SHORT FILM COMPETITION

August 15 to September 1, 2013

Action/Cut Short Film Competition

March 15, 2013 – Regular Deadline
May 15, 2013 – Late Deadline

The 10th annual Action/Cut Short Film Competition, is a celebration of filmmaking that’s been lauded by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Shorts Festivals in the World.”

Action/Cut offers meetings with some of Hollywood’s hardest-working players, including directors, producers, agents, and distributors, and over 100 prizes collectively valued at more than $25,000 USD.

Doing away with traditional film festival structure, Action/Cut accepts all submitted entries into its competition and allows every film to be screened by industry juries. Open to shorts under 30 minutes in runtime across five categories — Fiction Live Action, Student Films, Documentaries, Animation, Music Videos — success at Action/Cut isn’t dictated by some predetermined criteria or by star power, but by a film’s quality and a filmmaker’s skill. Rather than screen its films in a theater environment that limits audience access, Action/Cut streams its winning films around the world, making each film available year-round at the competition’s website.

Submit to Action/Cut today!

Click HERE for entry form

KLIK – Amsterdam Animation Festival 2013

Breaking news for animators:

KLIK has just opened this year’s competitions for animated shorts in the categories Professional, Student, Commissioned and 3-D Stereoscopic animation! Your entry will also automatically compete for the Amsterdam Audience Award, the Young Amsterdam Audience Award and the Political Animation Award. So don’t wait and get those animated beauties to their office, pronto! Submit your film online via klikamsterdam.nl.

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P.S. Don’t forget to decorate your envelope to have a shot at the Most Awesome Envelope Award!

KLIK 2013 entry:

#1 Read our Agreement and Procedure carefully.

#2 Fill out the online entry form.
#3 Send us a screener of your film via the old-fashioned mail (see our post address below) or via a Youtube/Vimeo link (include it in the online entry form) before July 1st.

For questions regarding your submission, please contact films@klikamsterdam.nl

The selection results will be published in August. In case your film gets selected we’ll ask you in August for a master copy of your film that complies with our Film Specs.

Postal adress:
KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival
Postbus 14626
1001 LC Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Please notice:
Parcels and envelopes send by courier (DHL, FedEx etc.) instead of regular mail will not arrive at our PO box. If you do want to send it by courier please use our office address:

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival
Haparandadam 7-5
1013 AK Amsterdam
The Netherlands

15 Minutes of Fame

Festival of Short Films
Palm Bay, Florida USA –  May 17, 2013 to May 18, 2013

Update: All entries are due in our office by MAY 3, 2013. Hurry!

The “15-Minutes of Fame Festival of Short Films” is for SHORT FILMS that are 15-minutes OR LESS in length, produced by filmmakers from anywhere in the world. They welcome Music Videos, Animation, Documentaries, and Narratives.

All entries are viewed by a panel of judges, and are carefully evaluated on a “point system” for their technical quality, script development, acting, and entertainment value. The films that earn the most points become “Official Entries”, and will be shown to the community in the film festival.

The “15 Minutes of Fame” film festival is “a truly independent festival, for truly independent filmmakers”. It is sponsored by husband-and-wife filmmakers, Ray and Migdalia Etheridge, who founded the festival in 2009. Their festival has succeeded where others have failed by “keeping it simple”. NO FRILLS…JUST FILMS.

You have until May 3, 2013 to submit through Withoutabox.com

BROOKLYN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

New York City, New York – USA
June 12 to 14, 2013

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UPCOMING DEADLINE
March 9, 2013 – Regular Deadline

The Brooklyn Short Film Festival brings together the world’s best short films in an engaging atmosphere for the purpose of developing connections and building new relationships in the film industry.

Launched with the purpose of forging strong connections between established industry professionals and talented up-and-comers, Brooklyn Shorts recognizes the value of terrific short-form storytelling as a method of inviting fresh voices into a global, cinematic dialogue. It all begins in Brooklyn, where countless creative innovators have sharpened their skills and found their footing.

Brooklyn Shorts events are held in the trendy DUMBO neighborhood at the Galapagos Art Space, one of New York’s leading arts institutions. The festival stands at the forefront of short-form filmmaking and is proud to promote many of the field’s shining stars against a backdrop rich with media opportunities and industry visibility. It’s no wonder that several films celebrated at Brooklyn Shorts have subsequently secured financing for development into feature-length scripts and productions.

Cash and other prizes are awarded to filmmakers who best display a full command of their craft and story. Films celebrated at Brooklyn Shorts have ranged from compelling projects starring A-List talent like Kenneth Branagh to low-budget, independent documentaries shot in the corners of Africa. The festival recognizes that great stories can come from anyone, anywhere.

Submit your films HERE

BE FILM THE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

New York, New York – USA
April 23 to 27, 2013

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UPCOMING DEADLINE
March 1, 2013 – Regular Deadline

Be Film The Underground Film Festival BTUFF is a New York City forum for independent filmmakers worldwide, and celebrates the best short-form, cinematic expressions to hit the screens.

Dedicated to championing great films for worldwide distribution, BE FILM is proud to screen its selected shorts in some of the best venues available today, including the Disney Park Avenue Screening Room, the Dolby Screening Room, and the Crosby Screening Room. BE FILM is unmistakable proof that sometimes it pays to keep things short. To ensure that your best short-form work reaches as many eyes and ears as possible-and in just the way you intended-submit to BE FILM today!

BE FILM has presented more than 1,000 short films from more than 30 countries across the globe and regularly takes full advantage of some of the best screening and social venues in New York City.

BE FILM welcomes terrific short-form works across all genres and creative forms, and it is proud to have been the first shorts festival in the world to introduce a “Stereoscopic 3D” category for filmmakers eager to stretch their craft into entirely new dimensions. Several of the festival’s official selections have gone on to the highest levels of industry success and have nabbed Academy Awards, BAFTA awards, and Moliere Awards, as well as numerous additional honors. Just ask writer-director Ari Sandel, whose short musical comedy West Bank Story stole hearts at Be Film and then took home the gold on Oscar night.

In addition to the recognition earned, BE FILM winners take home prizes–ranging in value from $500 to $5000 USD–from a slew of generous sponsors. Energized opening and closing night parties book-end the festival and reinforce BE FILM’s commitment to community, artistry, and the development of invaluable networking opportunities and relationships.

How to SUBMIT

 

LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL

Las Vegas, Nevada – USA
June 20 to 23, 2013

The LVFF Las Vegas Film Festival offers a variety of film screenings from Oscar-winning films to world premieres, exclusive celebrity tributes and interviews, interactive panel discussions, a screenplay competition, red carpet parties, a filmmaker reception, as well as a closing night ceremony and awards.

The Festival showcases Feature Films, Shorts, Foreign Films, Documentaries, Animation, Music Videos, Television Pilots, a Nevada Filmmakers Showcase, Experimental Films, a Screenplay Competition and more.

UPCOMING DEADLINE
February 15, 2013 – Regular Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
Dedicated to showcasing and promoting the finest films and screenplays the entertainment world has to offer, LVFF bridges the gap between independent film audiences and filmmakers while connecting emerging filmmakers with established industry professionals.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
LVFF enthusiastically welcomes submissions in a wide variety of competitive categories, including narrative feature films, documentary films, shorts, student films, screenplays, and television pilots. No matter what your storytelling preference, an enthusiastic team of film and screenplay evaluators is waiting to see your best work…submit today!

Submit through Withoutabox.com