3 09 2009





Alliance Films and Present the ‘9’- Inspired Character Design Contest

(September 2, 2009 – Toronto, Canada)  In celebration of the release of highly anticipated movie “9” on Wednesday, September 9, Alliance Films and are offering Canadians the chance to win a Two-Week Internship with Starz Animation Toronto and 1 of 9 Dell Studio laptop computers! Dell Studio laptop computers are available in a wide  array of funky patterns and colours, equipping contest winners with the ultimate in style and power to create their own masterpieces!

Alliance Films and have come together on a unique sweepstakes offer to give anyone who’s ever wanted to animate an opportunity to let their talent speak – and move – for itself!

This cross-promoted national campaign allows contest entrants the chance to design and create their very own character inspired by the film.  The contest, which is hosted on, will be promoted in print, online and on TV throughout the Canwest network, Dell Canada website ( and in Mr. Sub retail outlets across Canada.  The film hits theatres September 9, 2009, and the contest campaign runs until September 25, 2009.

“9” is the culmination of a 10-year project and features a world that director Shane Acker first explored in his 2004 Oscar®-nominated short of the same name. Acclaimed directors Tim Burton (Beetlejuice) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) signed on to produce this new theatrical release.  Set in the not-too-distant future, the world’s machines have turned on mankind, creating social unrest and decimating the population. With humanity on the verge of extinction, a scientist gives life to a small group of creatures he created using bits and pieces of leftover objects. This resilient, ragtag tribe sets out to salvage the future of civilization.

Staying true to Acker’s vision, this nationally cross-promoted sweepstakes offers the opportunity to experience first-hand the inner workings of Starz Animation Studios in Toronto.  Entrants can create and design their very own character and biography for the film.  These submissions will then be judged by Starz Animation staff on criteria that covers the gamut of creativity, storyline, aesthetic and overall originality. The selected Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a Two-week internship at Starz Animation Toronto, the state of the art CG studio that provided the animation for the movie “9”.

Canadians who do not wish to participate in the animation portion of the contest are still encouraged to enter to win 1 of 9 Dell laptop computers, with winners selected by random draw.  Winning entries will be featured on the “9” contest microsite.


a.         There is no purchase necessary to enter the Contest. Enter using either of the methods of entry outlined below.  No entries will be accepted by any other means.

i.          To enter online for a chance to win the Grand Prize, complete and submit the entry form in full located at (the “Contest Website”), along with your original design concept for a proposed Character that would fit into universe of the film “9” (the “Character”).  Your Character design concept must include the following 2 components:

(a) an image of your proposed Character, created using any media (e.g. hand drawn or computer-created image, photograph, painting, etc), which you must upload to the Contest entry site in a jpg, tif or psd file format, and,

(b) a paragraph of maximum two hundred (200) words containing a description or the storyline of your proposed Character.

ii.         If you do not submit a Character design with your entry form, your entry will still be considered for a chance to win a Secondary Prize awarded by random draw.

For complete details or to enter to win, visit

About Alliance Films, Inc.
Alliance Films is a leading distributor of motion pictures in Canada, with motion picture distribution operations in the United Kingdom and Spain. The Company distributes filmed entertainment to theatres, on DVD, online and to television broadcasters. Alliance Films holds the Canadian distribution rights to the productions of leading independent studios, including CBS Films, Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, Overture Films, The Film Department, A Bigger Boat, Grosvenor Park and Relativity Media.

About Starz Animation Toronto
Starz Animation Toronto (,  a unit of Starz Media, LLC, is one of Canada’s leading high-quality digital animation studios, providing world-class computer-animated content for feature films, DVDs, television series, commercials, visual effects and shorts for Studios and independent producers, as well as proprietary productions. Starz Media, LLC, is a programming, production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming – including theatrical films – and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media ( is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.

About Canwest Media Inc.

Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp. (; TSX: CGS and CGS.A).  An international media company, Canwest is Canada’s largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels and web sites in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.



For Alliance Films

Julius Comia, Director, Marketing & Promotions

(416) 309-4167 or

For Canwest

Phyllise Gelfand, Director of Communications

(416) 442-2936 or

For Starz Animation Toronto

Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, Public Relations, Starz Media

(818) 748-4032 or




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