Eight entries in the ‘In Toon with Tweens’ animation contest have been named as finalists.
The contest, put on by Toronto-based Portfolio Entertainment, selected the finalists from a field of 72 entries based on the criteria of creativity and marketability.
‘We are thrilled by the response from the animation community and proud that we have eight finalists whose projects have viability and potential to be great productions,’ said Lisa Olfman, co-president of Portfolio Entertainment.
The finalists are:
‘ Jeff Young-Sterling and Ai Rei Dooh Tousignant, Feel the Noise
‘ Ron Doucet, The Zerds
‘ Jonathan Graef, Stitched High
‘ Jim Bryson and Adam Jeffcoat, The Smart Class
‘ Mike Shiell, The Fizzleflops Network
‘ Kristin Shier, FABB
‘ Chris Voigt, Ragemelon
‘ Glen Wyand, The Weird Files
The finalists will be presented to a panel of judges, which will choose first- and second-place winners. The panel includes Carole Bonneau (Teletoon Canada Inc.), Marc Buhaj (Disney Channels EMEA), Rick Clodfelter (Cartoon Network), Jocelyn Hamilton (Corus Entertainment), Linda Simensky (PBS KIDS), Andra Sheffer (Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund) and Shari Cohen (Ontario Media Development Corporation).
The first- and second-place prize winners will be announced in October during the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The first-place prize package includes $7,500, a two-year development deal with Portfolio Entertainment, Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium Software and Toon Boom’s Enterprise Solution including Harmony and Storyboard Pro for one-year, the worldwide leader in animation software and digital media. The second-place prizewinner receives $2,500, a one-year development agreement with Portfolio Entertainment, Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium Software plus the use of Toon Boom’s Enterprise Solution for 6 months.
Both prizes include support from a Toon Boom Expert. All eight finalists will also receive the use of Toon Boom’s Enterprise Solution with technical support for 3 months.