Canemaker to Judge Platform Fest

Ocscar-winning animator John Canemaker has joined the panel of judges for the Platform International Animation Festival, a new, six-day event kicking off in Portland, Oregon, on June 25. Founder and Director Irene Kotlarz also announced that the deadline to enter the competition has been extended to March 15.

Canemaker, who is also a respected animation historian, garnered his first Academy Award nomination and win in 2006 for his short film The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation. He is the author of nine acclaimed books, including Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men and Windsor McCay, and serves as director of the animation program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. His won award-winning, independent animated films are in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Other judges lined up for the competition aspect of the fest include director/special effects specialist Gaelle Denis (After the Rain, City Paradise), director/animator PES (Game Over, Roof Sex) and animation producer Eiko Tanaka (Tekkon Kinkreet, Mind Game). London-based multi-media artist and Slade School of Fine Art professor Dryden Goodwin will judge the installations.

‘We are excited to have secured judges who are well respected in the animation industry, and whose credits show their commitment to creativity, innovation, and excellence,’ says Kotlarz. ‘Our judges understand the importance of discovering fresh talent and recognizing innovation and originality to create future generations of animators who will continue to cultivate the art form.’

The Platform International Animation Festival is designed to provide a platform for artists, innovation, debate and discussion. The program will feature premieres, retrospectives, exclusive screenings, guest speakers, exhibitions, workshops with leading artists, parties and networking opportunities with industry insiders. The organizers also wish to recognize other art forms, including comics, illustration, character and toy design, motion graphics, gallery art and live-action cinema.

The festival has already received more than 700 entries from animators from more than 25 countries and is still looking for short films, commercials, music videos and TV series under 40 minutes in length. Awards will be given in categories covering commercial and independent films, student animation and films for new platforms, including cell phones and the Internet. Rules stipulate that films must have premiered after Jan. 1, 2005 to be eligible. More than $50,000 in prizes will be awarded during the festival.

An international selection committee that includes award-winning animators Laura Heit (Look For Me) and Chris Hinton (Nibbles), and animation writer/director/producer Yvette Kaplan (King of the Hill, Ice Age), will meet in March to choose films for screening in the competition. The animated installation entries were selected in February by Portland-based animator Rose Bond, British experimental film authority David Curtis and independent New York animator George Griffin. For more details, go to www.platformfestival.com.