Baltimore-based animator Steve Ogden claimed the grand prize for his animated short Flakes at Tuesday Night’s MOBIFEST LA, the inaugural celebration of made-for-mobile animation. Presented by The Animation Show and Mobifest Film Festival, the screening and awards ceremony was hosted by Mike Judge, creator of Beavis & Butt-head and King of the Hill, at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 on Wilshire Blvd.
“My thumb is numb from hitting the ‘play; button on my cell phone,” says Judge, who screened all of the submissions received. “Every animation we got was great. It was hard work deciding which one would walk away the winner.”
Runners-up for the grand prize include: Tim Heiderich’s Emergency 411: Atomic Bomb, Justin Cooper’s and Kun-I Chang’s Havidol: Just What I Needed, Dave Carter’s How Can I Say No To Sex at School and Brad Wolfley’s I Am Not a Biscuit. Honorable mentions were awarded to Dave Carter for Daddy and James, and Nigel Wood for One Small Step.
Steven Topham, a film studies graduate of the University of California-Santa Barbara, won the Nestle Butterfinger-sponsored ‘Sweet Dreams’ competition with his 2D/3D submission titled Strip Tease. In addition to receiving a year’s supply of chocolate bars and a Microsoft Zune digital media player, Topham will get the opportunity to work on an upcoming viral marketing campaign for the Nestle candy bar. Other MOBIFEST sponsors included Microsoft, Palm Inc. and Vidavee.
MOBIFEST LA is a collaborative effort of The Animation Show and Mobifest, a leadign independent mobile film festival. All submitted animated shorts can be viewed at http://www.mobifest.net.