Congratulations to this year's very deserving winners!
Best designed short film: GameladÂ by Yohann Mepa
Best character animation:Â Interviews from the future byÂ Spark Digital Entertainment
Best short film:Â Hangar no 5 byÂ Nathan Matsuda
About the festival
This year we've had an amazing nr of submissions to the Animation Festival. Around 70 videos were sent in through the blender.org movie gallery submission form. That is pretty much double the amount of last year. And as every year the quality has once again risen with leaps and bounds. Not only is the Blender community growing, it is also advancing at a stunning rate!
The winners of last year (Eoin, Juan-Pablo & Peter's team) were kind enough to review the videos, and help us pick the nominations. Quite an effort since there was so much. In Eoin's case he was on vacation, and had to go the extra mile to just get to an internet connection! Thank you to them, they did a great job and made it easy for me to sort through everything.
Since the conference was sold out, and the ever cosy Waag has a small theatre, we decided to do two viewing sessions. Good idea by Ton, because the room was full both times. As far as I could tell, all those attending had a great time, and really enjoyed the evening. Also an extra thank you must go to Matt Ebb (broken) of Promotion studios who gave me a copy of lighthouse, and a few commercials they made. We showed them after the main part of the festival was over.Â
After the festival, all those attending had a chance to vote. It was close... really... very close. I should give special mention to "A sad sad song" by Beorn Leonard, because even though it did not win... it was pretty much a split pot in the Best character animation category, between him, and the winner.
Since the nominees were sent in from all over the world, the winners themselves were not present to receive their awards (Enrico and Bassam who helped create "interviews from the future" were there). Ton had some help presenting the awards show from Marco, Pablo, and Kaveh who've been doing great work in the background and got a little of the spotlight that they so deserve!
I am already looking forward to next time, and all the great animations that I'm sure will be made throughout the year. Thank you to everyone for all the work, support, and just being as fun a crowd as one could wish for.
See you all in 2009!
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