Friday, August 11, 2006

'Elan' Awards Play The Game in Richmond, BC

Montreal's UbiSoft and Vancouver animation house Studio B Productions lead the nominee list of Canada's video game and animation 'Elan' awards, to be presented at the inaugural 'Canadian Awards for Electronic and Animation Arts' (CAEAA).

"Peter Jackson's King Kong", the video game inspired by the director's remake of the 1930's classic, tied with "Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones" in the electronic gaming nominees.

Both UbiSoft titles earned seven nominations each.

Studio B scored 18 nominations for children's TV shows "Being Ian", "The Amazing Adrenilini Brothers", "Class of the Titans" and "Pucca".

Organizers will present trophies in 17 electronic gaming categories (including game, animated hero and animated villain of the year), 15 animation categories (including best animated production) and 13 categories for students studying media/animation.

The awards also intend to showcase new, emerging talent.

"We want the show to be spectacular," said producer Holly Carinci.

The awards will be handed out September 14 at the Richmond, BC River Rock Show Theatre, hosted by 2-time Emmy Award-winning Canadian actor William "Star Trek" Shatner.

"Canada is a leader in video gaming," said Carinci.

"The awards are given on the (US) side of the border all the time. That's why I wanted to give them here. The work is done in Canada."

Sneak Peek will be in attendance to report on the gala, which promises a Hollywood atmosphere, complete with black-tie dinner and after-party.