Oscar-nominated Dutch animator Paul Driessen (3 Misses, The Yellow Submarine) has joined the panel of judges for aniBOOM, an online animation contest that will allow the general public to view and rate films when the Interactive animation content site goes live on Sept. 1.
The other judges include 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.
Driessen has received more than 70 international awards for his work. During the 1994 Ottawa Animation Festival, the International Association of Animated Films gave him the ASIFA-International Life Achievement Award. He garnered an Oscar nomination for 3 Misses in 2000 and received another lifetime achievement award at the Zagreb Int’l Animation Festival in 2002. For the past ten years, Driessen has taught animation at the Kassel art school in Germany, which has produced two Oscar winners under his tutelage. To find out how you can enter your short in the competition, visit www.aniboom.com.