Disney Joins Annecy YouTube Competition

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Walt Disney Animation Studios is joining the Annecy 2011 YouTube competition.

The competition, now in its second year, will offer the winner a week at the Annecy Festival in France as well as a five-night stay in Burbank and a guided tour of the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The trip to Annecy will include accreditation to see films in the official selection of shorts and features, graduation films and TV and commissioned films, Work in Progress and making of sessions with the film crews, a daily film in the open air,  signing sessions and will be presented with a Cristal trophy at a special reception on June 10. The winner and two other finalists will receive a software package from Autodesk.

To enter, create an animated film of five minutes or less on the subject of “animation, land of freedom,” and post it on later than midnight on May 10 at www.youtube.com/annecyfestival. This original creation should also make references to the “International Animation Film Festival” and “Annecy 2011” using the events as key-words to appear on the film.

Starting May 11, users can start voting for the 10 best films. A jury of professionals, including a representative from the Walt Disney Animation Studios, will then select the three most outstanding films and choose the winner.