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Los Angeles – Dream Balloon Productions Executive Producer, John Hadity, has announced that Multi-Award Winning Director, Michael Attardi’s Once Upon A Christmas Village starring Jim Belushi and Tim Curry has won the HollyShorts Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for “Best Animation”.

This is the 11th Grand jury win and the 30th award for this independent animation film which will be showing in Los Angeles in September.

Dream Balloon Productions is in development to produce a full-length animation feature film, “Snowyville” based on the award-winning animated short “Once Upon a Christmas Village” which is slated to go into production no later than October 2007.

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Posted on Aug 7, 2007 9:59:43 AM

Orlando animation start-up Dream Balloon is ramping up to make its first feature,a musical, Snowyville, based on an award-winning short CG animation they made called Once Upon a Christmas Village.

Director Michael Attardi has added pop artist Nicolosi as a colaborator.

Attardi and Nicolosi met at the Festival De Cannes and realized that they both had many artistic similarities and decided to collaborate on Attardi’s animation project. Attardi has been on the film festival circuit now for several months, winning ten out of ten festivals and twenty-six awards for his short animated film “Once upon a Christmas Village” starring the voice talents of Jim Belushi and Tim Curry.

Attardi, knowing Nicolosi’s work was very excited to work with him and this is what he had to say. “Nicolosi is an extremely talented artist who brings to life a style of art that has become an iconic staple in our pop culture. Nicolosi has a way to make the viewer gravitate towards his canvas, a talent that only a great artist can possess. He’s a genius.” Attardi continued. “We are working on a few after-market high end products that have never been done with animation.” When the two meet at Nicolosi Stars For A Cause art exhibit in Cannes, Nicolosi instinctively knew that Attardi’s film was the ideal project for him to work on. Nicolosi said of Attardi, “Michael is the diamond in the rough, an incredible filmmaker who has taken animation to another level. His story-telling, direction and execution of his work has been recognized and praised by the industry leaders. He’s the next golden boy in Hollywood.”

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By Carolyn Giardina (Aug 6, 2007)

Dream Balloon Prods. is moving forward with the development of a feature-length animated musical titled “Snowyville,” based on helmer Michael Attardi’s animated short “Once Upon a Christmas Village.”

The latest news from the company is that celebrity pop artist Nicolosi will collaborate with production art director Paul “Kit” Stolen and Attardi on several aspects of art design for the film as well as the marketing and after-market properties.

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By Ryan Ball (Aug 6, 2007)

Dream Balloon Ent. co-founder Michael Attardi, creator and director of the award-winning, CG-animated short film Once Upon A Christmas Village, tells us he is pushing forward with Snowyville, a feature-length version of the story. Since announcing his intentions to do so in April, he says he has major financing and key team members in place, and is currently in negotiations with a distributor. Actors Jim Belushi and Tim Curry are also in talks to reprise their voice roles.

Once Upon a Christmas Village tells the story of a decorative miniature town that comes to life when Santa’s magic watch accidentally falls under a Christmas tree. The animation was created by animators from Digital Animation and Visual Effects Studio (D.A.V.E.) at Universal Studios-Orlando, Fla. D.A.V.E. School’s Jeff Sheetz will serve as animation producer on the feature and a number of his graduates will likely be employed on the production as well.

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Dream Balloon Production’s Animated Movie “Once Upon A Christmas Village” Wins tenth Grand Jury Prize in a row and 25th Award for “Best Animation Film” at The 2007 Las Vegas International Film Festival.

Dream Balloon Productions Executive Producer, John Hadity, has announced that Multi-Award Winning Director, Michael Attardi’s Once Upon a Christmas Village featuring the voices of Jim Belushi and Tim Curry won the Grand Jury Award for “Best Animation” at the Las Vegas International Film Festival. This is the 25th win for the film and tenth in a row on the film festival circuit.

Dream Balloon Productions is in development to produce a full-length animation feature film, “Snowyville” based on the award-winning animated short “Once Upon a Christmas Village” which is slated to go into production no later than September 2007.

Dream Balloon Production’s Animated Movie “Once Upon A Christmas Village” Wins Grand Jury Prize for “Best CGI-Animation Film” at The 2007 Swansea Bay International Film Festival in Wales, United Kingdom.

Dream Balloon Productions has announced that Multi-Award Winning Director, Michael Attardi’s Once Upon A Christmas Village featuring the voices of Jim Belushi and Tim Curry won the Grand Jury Prize for “Best CGI-Animation Film.” This is the first win for the film in the United Kingdom as Director; Michael Attardi was presented the prestigious “Tinny Award” by the Lord Mayor of Swansea in Wales, United Kingdom. The festival had over 2,300 submissions from all over the world as only 225 films were accepted into competition. Making Swansea Bay Film Festival the fourth largest film festivals in Europe next to Cannes, Venice and Berlin.

Dream Balloon Productions is in development to produce a full-length feature film, “Snowyville” based on the award-winning animated short which is slated to go into production no later than September 2007.

BY GARETH DAVIES for the SWANSEA EVENING POST (view the original article)


A Prize-winning American director who was at the Swansea Bay Film Festival reckons it is better for independent film- makers than Cannes.Michael Attardi won the category for Best CGI (computer-generated imagery) movie at the festival awards last Friday.

The animated film is called Once Upon a Christmas Village and stars the voices of Tim Curry and Jim Belushi.

The film is not yet on general release, but it has been shown in Swansea as part of the festival after already gathering a mantelpiece worth of awards at other festivals.

The film was also shown at the Cannes Film Festival just last month, where it was runner-up out of 4,000 films entered in its category.

But the 40-year-old father-of-two preferred the Swansea experience to the French star-studded hotspot.

He took his wife Colleen, four-year-old Mikey and 11-month-old Nathaniel along for the visit to our city as well as his 25-year-old god-daughter Noelle.

And after spending a few days in London following the festival, they are coming back to Swansea for a spell because they liked it so much.

Michael said: “The thing I like about Swansea is you are really made to feel welcome here.

“Cannes has got a lot of history, but I think it is more concerned with American movie stars.

“What I love about the Swansea Bay Film Festival is that it embraces the American film-makers.

“I prefer it to Cannes – you get a personal touch here that could never happen there because it is such a big event.”
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