aniBoom Awards Favor Voodoo

Sebastian’s Voodoo from Joaquin Baldwin of Sherman Oaks, Calif. was named the grand prize winner of the third annual aniBoom Awards, a kudo fest honoring the best work submitted to aniBoom’s virtual animation studio. Roughly 1,300 entries were received from 27 countries. Baldwin’s work was singled out by a high-profile executive jury and millions of online viewers.

Sebastian’s Voodoo is the heart-piercing story of a voodoo doll who sacrifices himself for his friends. As the top winner, Baldwin will receive a $25,000 investment in commercial development and a distribution deal with aniBoom that will enable the animator to receive significant career-making exposure through a variety of outlets and channels.

‘We applaud all those who entered the aniBoom Awards from around the world and particularly congratulate the extremely talented artists who earned cash and prizes,’ says Uri Shinar, founder and president of aniBoom. ‘Year after year, we look forward to seeing remarkable animations, sharing the work of these independent artists with the world, and partnering to develop the next breakthrough animation property.’

The aniBoom online animation community selected three Community Favorites, led by Bang Bang You’re Bread by Australia’s Mitch Wade, while the competition’s panel of judges chose three Top Selections led by Our Wonderful Nature by Germany’s Tomer Eshed. These six winners, along with the top 50 community picks, will share $50,000 in cash and prizes, including ToonBoom software, CG Society books and Stash DVD magazines with coupon cards valued at $55. In addition to the cash and prizes, winners will benefit from substantial exposure across aniBoom’s multi-platform animation network and will be considered for original series development deals.

Grand Prize

Sebastian’s Voodoo By Joaquin Baldwin

Watch here: www.aniboom.com/video/285055/Sebastians%20Voodoo

Jury Winner

Our Wonderful Nature By Tomer Eshed

A wildlife show expos’ employs extreme slow-motion to reveal the surprising mating rituals of Water Shrews.

Watch here: www.aniboom.com/video/316280/Our%20Wonderful%20Nature

Community Winner

Bang Bang You’re Bread By Mitch Wade

A psychotic loaf of bread seeks revenge on Dr Atkins, creator of the low-carb revolution.

Watch here: www.aniboom.com/video/291768/Bang%20Bang%20You%20are%20Bread

For more details on the third annual aniBoom Awards and to watch all the winning entries, go to www.aniboom.com/awards2008.