aniBOOM Judges Announced

Interactive animation content site aniBOOM today announced the six judges tapped to help decide the winners of its inaugural short animation competition. The panel of industry pros will pore over submissions from all over the world representing all styles of animation. The general public will be able to view and rate the films when the aniBOOM portal launches on Sept. 1.

The six judges are Fred Cohen, former chairman of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and former president of King World International Prods.; Ken-Ichiro Hayafune, exec producer of Nippon Animation and chief producer of Nippon Animedia; Max Howard, who served as president of Feature Animation at Warner Bros. and is now producing the upcoming Exodus Film Group toon features Igor and The Hero of Color City; professor Rony Oren, head of the animation unit at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design; Arlene Sherman, an Emmy Award-winning creative development exec at Sesame Workshop; and Douglas Wood, a former VP of production and creative affairs at Universal, Turner Pictures and Warner Bros. Feature Animation who currently heads development for the JVP Feature Animation Studio. More judges are expected to be announced soon.

Online ratings will decide the top 25 finalists made up of five movies from each of the categories’Funny, Drama, Music Videos, Experimental and Crappy. The finalists will then be submitted to the judges for further scrutiny. The judges’ opinions will account for only 30% of the final vote as they work with the public to help aniBoom give out $50,000 in prizes.

‘aniBOOM was created to change the distribution chain so that young talent can expose their work to animation fans and industry professionals,’ says aniBOOM CEO Uri Shinar. ‘We are honored to have such distinguished professionals on our panel of judges for this first year festival. These six judges demonstrate how aniBOOM brings together the entire animation community.’

aniBoom, which plans to share online ad revenue with filmmakers, hopes to create a leading cross-media broadband animation hub. In addition to the contest, the new platform will consist of original animated series, special events and a variety of unique content creation tools and applications. For more information, visit