Winners have been announced for the 20th Annual international computer graphics competition segment of the Imagina.03 conference in Monte Carlo. Prizes were awarded to French, English, American and Austrilian entries in television, film and commercial categories.
The prize for Best Feature Film went to Sony Pictures ImageWorks’ Stuart Little 2. The animation team was lead by Eric Armstrong, Jerome Chen, Jay Redd and Michelle Murdocca. The sequel beat out DreamWorks’ Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Warner Bros.’ Scooby-Doo, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man and the French film Le boulet, a production of La Petite Reine/ Warner Bros. Production Limited.
ImageWorks also garnered Best Direction for Eric Armstrong’s work on the CG short The ChubbChubbs. PDI/DreamWorks picked up the prize for Best Animation for the 3D short Sprout, directed by Scott Peterson, produced by Michael Garner and exec. produced by Julie Haddon.
The prize for Best Script went to U.K.-based Aardman Animations’ The Presentators — Phone in by Stefan Marjoram. The French spot Dolce Vita for GDF took the prize for Best Commercial. Directed by Bruno Aveillan for Quad and featuring visual effects by La Maison, the spot won out over Loose Moose’s Brisk “DeVito” commercial and Nintendo’s “Symphony,” as wells as spots for Air France and Sony.
The Grand Prix Award was reserved for the French short Tim Tom, a Supinfocom production by Cristel Pougeoise and Romain Segaud, while the Special Jury Prize went to the U.K.-produced Bjork video “Nature Is Ancient,” directed by Lynn Fox for Blue Source Films.