The Sundance Film Festival may be the domain of live-action indie features, but one animated short nabbed a top award at this year’s event. Nicholas J. Worthey’s The Wand won the grand prize at the AtomFilms Intel Indies Film Contest, beating out hundreds of submissions from 40 states.
The Intel-sponsored event was held at Sundance, where a panel of film industry experts selected three winning films. Directors Joe Dante (Space Jam) and Christopher Coppola (Deadfall) were among the judges who gave the thumbs up to Worthey’s whimsical cartoon in which a man rules the world with a magic alien wand. In addition to taking home the $25,000 cash purse, Worthey received $20,000 in Intel Viiv technology-based digital home equipment and an original content development deal with newly formed AtomFilms Studio.
“AtomFilms has a longstanding history of opening doors for today’s most promising filmmakers and animators,” says Scott Roesch, VP and general manager of AtomFilms. “The Intel Indies Film Contest gave us a great new forum for discovering and rewarding talented and visionary artists.”
Contest entrants were challenged to create films that imagine what could be transformed with the touch of a magic wand. Two first-place awards were given to filmmakers Alan Poon and Edit Love. Poon’s Lord of the Mop, has a janitor picking up a conductor’s wand in a music room to find that it holds magical powers. Love’s film is described as a charming, geeky romantic comedy in which a would-be-boyfriend re-edits his pickup lines on the fly. Each received $10,000 in cash. The winning entries can be seen at http://intel.atomfilms.com.