Interactive animation company aniBOOM today announced the first annual aniBOOM Awards, an online short film competition that will see animation professionals and independent filmmakers vying for $50,000 in prize money. Submissions running the gamut of animation styles are now being accepted and will be will be hosted on the aniBOOM website at www.aniboom.com.
The full aniBOOM portal will launch on Aug. 15 and will be open to the public for viewing and rating. A total of 25 finalists will be chosen from the films that receive the highest rating in each category. These top contenders will the be voted on by both the general public and a panel of judges to determine the best in each of the five categories’Funny, Drama, Music Videos, Experimental and Crappy. On November 1, these films will be awarded their prizes of $5,000, and the film with the highest score across the board will walk away with the grand prize of $25,000.
Judges tapped to participate include a former Chairman of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a former president of Feature Animation at Warner Bros.; and a VP of production and creative affairs at Universal, Turner Pictures and Warner Bros. Feature Animation. However, 70% of the final vote lies in the hands of the viewing public.
Uri Shinar of aniBoom comments, ‘Our goal for aniBOOM is to facilitate the exposure of animated films, for those with extensive experience in the business as well as those just starting out, and I think the competition is the perfect way to get started on accomplishing this. And it’s really only the beginning of what we’ve got in store for our company down the line.’
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.