TELETOON Scholarships Awarded

Canadian broadcaster TELETOON today announced the winners of the 2007 TELETOON Animation Scholarship, an initiative designed to support Canada’s up-and-coming animation talent. This year, prizes totaling more than $70,000 were given out to eleven young animators, with four awards given in three categories. First-place winners received $10,000, while $7,000 went to each second-place winner, and $5,000 to those who placed third. New this year is the Voter’s Choice Award, which awarded three filmmakers with a cash prize of $1,500.

Herbert from Aven Fisher of King’s View Academy in Halifax, Nova Scotia took the top prize in the Entrance category, which open to graduating high-school students. The clay-animated comedy short about a chameleon attending his first 3D movie edged out second-place winner Ain’t What It Used to Be by Chang Dai of Earl Haig High School in Toronto, Ontario. The Adventures of Rocky Rocket from Jordon Chow of Burnaby North Secondary, BC won third place.

In the Continuing Education Category, open to students studying animation at a post-secondary level, first place went to Nathan Boey’s (Concordia University in Montreal) Family Picture, an experimental short exploring the meaning of family using family photos. Jacqueline Koehler (Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) took second place The Life and Death of Wriggly Chew, whch follows the rhythmic existence of a piece of chewing gum, while James Higuchi’s (Sheridan College) was awarded third place for his dark comedic story of two feuding grandmothers titled Babushki.

In the Most Promising Student category for students graduating from a post-secondary animation program, the film noir-inspired Key Lime Pie from Sheridan College graduate Trevor Jimenez took the cake. Jimenez also took first place in the Continuing Education category in 2005. Andrew Ford from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design won second place for Stillwaters, and fellow Sheridan College student Brandon Scott’s Cruel Fauna took third.

This year, the TELETOON Animation Scholarship invited cartoon fans to watch the 30 final films online at teletoon.com and vote for their favorites. Over 8,000 votes were received for the $1,500 Voter’s Choice Awards were given to Ain’t What it Used to Be by Chang Dai, Picture Day from Jeremy Canton of Sheridan College, and The Elixir of Life by Edward Beek, also of Sheridan College.

Since 1997, TELETOON has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to 107 students across Canada. Past winners have gone on to work with such award-winning studios such as 9 Story Ent., Aardman Animations, Nelvana, Pixar Animation Studios and Studio B Prods.

The 2007 scholarship awards were presented by Len Cochrane, president of TELETOON Canada inc., during a special screening at the Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival. Winning films are currently available to view in The Detour area of the TELETOON site at teletoon.com.