DIRECTV To Air Film Roman’s Level13.Net Animated Film Fest

Film Roman’s Level13.Net, the first multi-channel animation network on the Internet, announced today that its second annual animated film festival will air on DIRECTV Jan. 6-12, 2003 on Channel 193. The 90-minute program will be available to all DIRECTV customers free of charge.

Winners were selected by a blue ribbon panel of judges comprised of Chris Sanders (creator/director of Lilo & Stitch), Gary Baseman (creator/director of Disney’s Teacher’s Pet), Rita Street (publisher of Animation Magazine), Ahmet Zappa (TV producer and host) and Zach Schlappi (animator and last year’s Best of Show winner).

The Festival helps to provide a nationwide platform where both established and undiscovered animators can display their talents. The film festival competition was open to working artists, emerging animators and student filmmakers. Hundreds of submissions were taken from April 2002 to July 2002 and the winners were chosen in three categories: 2D Animation, 3D/Experimental Animation and Student Work.

Grand Prize winners Raymond Persi and Matthew Nastuk picked up Best of Show honors for their musical 2D film The Ghost of Stephen Foster, which pays homage to the Max Fleischer films from the ’30s. Persi and Nastuk will receive $2,500 for their win.

First place winners include Michael Sporn for his 2D Animated film, Mona Mon Amour; Lane Nakamura for her 3D work The Snowman and Don Phillips Jr. for his student film Passing Moments.

Other winners:

2D ANIMATION

2nd Place: Tongues and Taxis by Michael Overbeck

3rd Place: The Lollypop Tree by Mike L. Mayfield

3D/EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION

2nd Place: Carmelo by Jorge R. Gutierrez

3rd Place: Still I Rise by Umesh Shukla

STUDENT WORK

2nd Place: Mockingbird by Michael Walsh

3rd Place: Are You There by Young Hun-Lee