SOURCE: Artfest International, Inc.

February 12, 2010 07:35 ET

Artfest International, Inc. Posts Animated Children's Video "Rhupert" on YouTube

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - February 12, 2010) - Artfest International, Inc. (OTCBB: ARTS), a leading edge arts distribution company, announced it has posted a video clip of its animated children's series "Rhupert" on YouTube's website. The series has started production of the initial 13 episodes featuring its lovable, loyal and elegant ostrich character Rhupert.

Artfest's marketing and distribution strategy for "Rhupert" is to emulate the hugely successful Barney the Dinosaur phenomenon which created approximately $250 million in annual licensing revenues to its owners. The children's book "Little Red Rhupert" recently achieved great success with its launch at Art Channel Galleries and is currently being sold through major retail outlets including Borders® and Rhupert's image is also being licensed worldwide, setting the stage for a global rollout of the animated series and merchandising. Bill Strother, world-renowned designer and producer, will be working with Artfest International to produce the animated series.

"I'm very excited about the 'Rhupert' series and the revenue that we believe it can generate for Artfest," stated Bill Strother, Artfest International Vice President of Design.

"This is a great video clip that really shows how cute and comical Rhupert really is. I was very impressed when Bill first showed me the clip, and I'm excited to show it to the world as a small preview of what to expect from the adorable 'Rhupert' series," stated Edward Vakser, Artfest International CEO.

To view the "Rhupert" video clip, please visit: ( and ­­­­­­

About Artfest International, Inc.:

Artfest International, Inc. is a publicly traded Company under the stock symbol "ARTS." Artfest brings together artists, investors, decorators, designers, private collectors and art galleries. Artfest International's corporate site is Artfest's subsidiaries are Art Channel, Inc., and Art Channel Galleries, Inc., offering the most exciting product and rewards program in the history of direct sales marketing.

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