Shaman, Sweet Dreams Win Big at SXSW

Shaman by Luc Perez and Sweet Dreams by Kirsten Lepore took the Best Animated Short and Special Jury Awards at this week’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

Shaman, a tribute to Inuit culture, consists of 7,000 hand drawings’a mix of acrylic on paper and 2D computer animation. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lyon, Perez has experimented with various animation and live-action techniques in his commercial work throughout his career. Based in Denmark, his previous shorts include 23 Rue des Martyrs (1997) and Stranger Blues (2003). Shaman has also been selected for competition at this year’s Annecy festival.

Kirsten Lepore’s Sweet Dreams is a remarkable stop-motion piece about the life of an adventurous cupcake that finds itself on a peaceful island inhabited by vegetables! Her other short credits include Story from North America and Guess Who. Kirsten earned her BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007. Her animations have been featured on TV, the web, at international festivals, and recently in Stash magazine. Her latest clients include MTV, Heinz, Chronicle Books, Utah’s Hogle Zoo and illustrator Michael Slack. You can learn more about this talented animator at

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Judi Krant’s debut feature Made in China was selected as the best narrative feature, while Scott Teems’ That Evening Sun took home the Narrative Feature Audience prize at SXSW festival.