Italy toon fest ready for int'l jurors, entries


The 2007 edition of the Cartoons on the Bay festival will feature 162 projects from 30 countries and the event's most international jury to date.

Organizers said Friday that the April 19-22 festival — to be held for the first time in the city of Salerno rather than the smaller town of Positano — will include eight competitive categories. Winners will be selected by a jury made up of Dutch writer Jan-Willem Bult, Italian director Maurizio Forestieri, the Walt Disney Co.'s Beth Gardiner, Celine Limorato from France 5 and German producer Wolfgang Wegmann.

Among the projects slated to unspool are the television special "Anna and the Moods," which features the voices of singer Bjork and Terry Jones of Monty Python fame; "Starveillance," which speculates about the lives of celebrities including Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Demi Moore; and a new rendition of the "Peter and the Wolf" fable, featuring the music of Prokofiev performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

This year's event marks the 11th edition of the festival, which has become a key showcase for television animation productions.