Today the folks at aniBOOM.com announced a total of six winners in their first-ever awards contest. The site offers a large online collection of cartoons from around the world and strives to create a leading, cross-media animation hub to allow both professional and amateur animators to connect and gain exposure.
The grand prize winner of the competition, receiving $25,000, is Chilean/Peruvian animator Jossie Malis with his film inspired by his cultural roots titled Bendito Machine. The short uses beautiful colors and unique shadow-puppet imagery to describe a modern tale about leaders, money, sex and religion. The four-and-a-half-minute film is directed, produced and designed by Malis and has gained popularity while circulating around European film festivals.
Other category winners were also announced who include: Mr. Fortune, an animated music video, political drama Beton, the PSA cartoon Humans!, experimental video Chaos Theory and finally satirical film Back in Bush. Each of these category winners will also receive a hefty prize of $5,000.
All the winners were chosen from thousands of films that were then narrowed down to 25 films on Jan. 15. The small group of finalists was chosen by the participation of the site users who ranked their favorite films since the launch of the site in September. Following the announcement of the finalists, AniBOOM then brought in a panel of well-known judges in the animation community including: animator Paul Driessen (The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine cartoon); former VP for companies like Universal, Turner and Warner Bros. Douglas Wood; Arlene Sherman (Sesame Street); and former president of Feature Animation at Warner Bros Max Howard. Howard commented on the competition saying, ‘I really admire this initiative, AniBOOM is providing a great service for animation fans and professionals alike. [I] really enjoyed being a part of this competition’there were some great films.’
Although judges deliberated on the finalists, the majority of the decision lay in the hands of the users and animation fans since 70% of the final vote was based on the number of times each film was watched and voted on. For more info visit www.aniBOOM.com.