Animated Film Made for Less Than $1,000 Selected for International Film Festival


Animated Film Made for Less Than $1,000 Selected for International Film Festival

“The Blood Pope,” debuts at The Worldwide Animation Celebration hosted by Sony Pictures Animation

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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Traditionally, only large studios with big budgets have been able to afford to create 3-D animated films. Today, an amateur with a home computer can create 3-D animated films engaging enough to be included in major film festivals.

As evidence of this “democratization” of 3D animation, consider that The Blood Pope — a 3D animated short film created for less than $1,000 - has been selected for an international debut at The World Animation Celebration, which will be held in Los Angeles from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.

The World Animation Celebration is the United States’ first international animation festival and focuses on promoting the brightest, most innovative, emerging talent from all over the world, showcasing their films and achievements as original filmmakers. Hosted by Sony Pictures Animation, The World Animation Celebration is presented by Animation Libation Studios and Animation Magazine.

The Blood Pope is an original work of historical science-fiction based upon actual events in 1492, when an alchemist attempted to use transfusions to extend the life of Pope Innocent VIII. The Blood Pope was created on a home computer using iClone from Reallusion, a software package that does for 3D animated film-making what desktop publishing did for magazine and book production. 

The writer and animator of The Blood Pope, Geoffrey James, is the author of numerous books, hundreds of feature articles, and an award-winning blog on, where he is a Contributing Editor.

“Working in my spare time and with no formal training in animation, I was able to take my story idea from conception to completion without any studio involvement,” says James. “I’m honored that the organizers of The World Animation Celebration believe that The Blood Pope is worthy of wider attention.”

Previously, The Blood Pope won the Most Innovative Animated Film Award at The Something Wicked Film Festival and an Award of Recognition from The IndieFEST Film Awards. It was selected for Denver’s Supernova Outdoor Festival of Digital Animation and Art.

To request a review copy or to interview Geoffrey James, please contact him through

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One MAXMILLIONS prize winning ticket sold in Ontario

One MAXMILLIONS prize winning ticket sold in Ontario

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TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2017 /CNW/ – Ontario residents, check your LOTTO MAX tickets! Last night’s draw produced a number of winners across the province. 

One MAXMILLIONS ticket, worth $1 million, was sold in London.

There were four second prize winning tickets, worth $144,713.30 each, sold in Hamilton, Ottawa, Ottawa Region and Toronto.

In addition, one ENCORE winning ticket, worth $100,000 was sold in Toronto.

Since its launch in September 2009, Ontario LOTTO MAX players have won over $3.8 billion, including 52 jackpot wins and 376 MAXMILLIONS prizes, right across the province.

For each $5 play, LOTTO MAX players receive three sets of seven numbers ranging from one to forty-nine. Players must match all seven numbers, in any one set, to win the jackpot or the MAXMILLIONS prizes.

The next LOTTO MAX draw will be held on Friday, September 29 for an estimated $22 million jackpot. Players can purchase tickets at authorized OLG retailers or buy online at until 10:30 p.m. for the draw that evening.

Winners Around Every Corner

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The $60 million jackpot and 3 Maxmillions were won

The $60 million jackpot and 3 Maxmillions were won

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MONTREAL, Sept. 23, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – The $60 million up for grabs in last night’s Lotto Max draw was won with a selection sold in The Prairies.

In addition, 3 $1 million prizes (Maxmillions) were won thanks to selections sold in Quebec, British-Columbia and Ontario.

The next Lotto Max draw, to be held on Friday, September 29, will therefore offer a jackpot worth $22 million approximately.


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