Animatron Pays Out $17,000 to Winning Films

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The jury at the Babelgum “Animatron” Animation Film Festival has awarded $17,000 in cash prizes at an awards ceremony Sunday at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The jury was comprised of Saraswathi Balgam, Charlotte Bavasso, Pete Bishop, Isaac Littlejohn Eddy, Tommy Pallotta, Bill Plympton, Frank Rivera and Jeff Scher, and the winning films are:

GRAND JURY AWARD WINNER ($5,000)
Coalition of the Willing, Knife Party (U.K.)

FANTASY CATEGORY
Jury Award Winner ($2,500): This Is J03, Once Were Farmers (U.K.)
Runner-up ($500): Noesis, Sophie Klevenow (Germany/U.K.)
Audience Award: Wherever You Go, There You Are, Sara Barbas (Portugal/U.K.)

HUMOR CATEGORY
Jury Award Winner ($2,500): Pigeon Impossible, Lucas Martell (U.S.)
Runner-Up ($500): Ant & Len, Jon Marsh & Duncan Raitt (U.K.)
Audience Award: Luke: The History of Denim, Drew Roper (U.K.)

MINIS CATEGORY
Jury Award Winner ($2,500): Dog Judo: Meat Sprinkles, Dave Anderson (U.K.)
Runner-up ($500): Knit’N’Purl, Rhiannon Evans (U.K.)
Audience Award: Only in Dreams, Adam Badlotto (U.S.)

REAL LIFE CATEGORY
Jury Award Winner ($2,500): Prayers for Peace, Dustin Grella (U.S.)
Runner-up ($500): How to Animate, Jordan Wood (U.K.)
Audience Award: How to Animate, Jordan Wood (U.K.)

The winning films are viewable at www.babelgum.com/animatron.

“We’re proud to showcase and support the work of so many talented independent animators,” said Karol Martesko-Fenster, senior VP and GM of Babelgum’s Film and Animation Division. “In the coming months, we’ll be focusing more intensely on the art of animation for online and mobile audiences, and the Animatron competition was a great way to get the ball rolling. Our hope is to make it one of the preeminent annual events for short-form filmmakers looking for new ways to distribute their best-quality work.”