Magda Wins at HypeFest

Approximately 75 original short-subject works from around the world were showcased at CineSpace in Hollywood over the weekend during the 2005 edition of HypeFest. The concluding awards show, sponsored by the Tucson Film Office, saw kudos go to ten projects, including Chel White’s animated entry, Magda.

Magda won Stash Magazine’s Animation Award for the best animated film in competition. The stop-motion short uses posable artist’s armatures to illustrate a man’s affair with a beautiful circus contortionist. White’s website describes the work as "an off-center parable about lost innocence and the corruptability of human nature." Magda is White’s third adaptation of a story by radio artist and writer Joe Frank. The film has taken top toon prize at a number of fests, including the 2004 Florida Film Festival, The 2004 Northwest Film and Video Festival and the 2005 USA Film Festival. More information is available at www.skysociety.com/chelwhite.html.

"Every year we are energized and excited by the original content being produced by filmmakers of all backgrounds," says Jessie Nagel, HypeFest co-director. "This year was no exception–it was a pleasure and a privilege to have the opportunity to expose audiences to some of the exceptional projects and the talent behind them."

All award winners received a HypeFest trophy and select films will be showcased on an upcoming Paste Magazine DVD and have the opportunity to be highlighted on the web-based distribution site Big Film Shorts.

HypeFest is programmed to provide a bridge between content creators in the independent and commercial communities. For a complete list of films, sponsors and event information, go to www.hypefest.com.