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Press Release: 2006 OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL COMPETITION AWARD WINNERS

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2006 OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL OFFICIAL COMPETITION AWARD WINNERS

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (September 24, 2006) – The 2006 Ottawa International
Animation Festival announced the winners of the official competition
during the closing ceremonies held this evening at the National Arts Centre
in Ottawa. Following the award presentations, attendees enjoyed the
“Best of the Festival” film screening, showcasing the award-winning
films.

MERCURY FILMWORKS PRIZE FOR ANIMATED FEATURE
The Christies / Phil Mulloy / Spectre Films / UK /
“The prize for the Feature Film Competition goes to ‘The Christies.’
While the Jury felt that the structure of the film was more suitable for
a television series, they appreciate the uncompromisingly experimental
approach and anarchistic dialogue and humour, never before seen in an
animation feature.”

NELVANA GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST INDEPENDENT SHORT ANIMATION
Dreams & Desires: Family Ties / Joanna Quinn / Beryl Productions
International Ltd / Wales, UK
“We admire the complexity and audacity of her draftsmanship, and the
interesting use of her animated handheld camera.”

GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST STUDENT ANIMATION
Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Hazen & Mr. Horlocker / Stefan Mueller / FH
Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences / Germany
“We admired this film because the second half is full of surprises. We
enjoyed being hammered by the visual punch lines.”

GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST-COMMISSIONED ANIMATION
FedEx: Stick / David Hulin / Framestore NY / USA
“We liked the story, style and animation. It made us laugh.”

ANIMATION SCHOOL SHOWREEL
Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemburg (Germany)
“The prize for the Animation School Competition goes to Filmakademie
Baden-Wuerttemburg of Germany for the high production values and
stylistic diversity, creating a new standard of technical excellence in work
produced by an educational institution.”

INDEPENDENT SHORT ANIMATION COMPETITION

Narrative Short Animation under 35 minutes
Here and There (Ici par ici) / Obom / National Film Board of Canada /
Canada
“How endearing and personal her story is; we enjoyed her simple, yet
elegant visual style.”

Honourable Mention: The Carnival of The Animals (Karneval Zvirat) /
Michaela Pavlatova / Negativ Film Productions / Czech Republic
“We enjoyed the film’s whimsical animated carnality and its unabashed
joy.”

Experimental / Abstract Animation under 35 minutes
Jeu / Georges Schwizgebel / Studio GDS, National Film Board of Canada &
Télévision Suisse Romandes/ Switzerland
“We responded to the McLaren-like celebration of colour and motion.”

Honourable Mentions:
Lightning Doodle Project [pikapika] / Takeshi Nagata & Kazue Monno /
Japan
“We admire the filmmakers’ inventiveness and salute the improvisational
quality of their drawing.”

Backyard Shadow / Karl Staven / USA
“We responded to this film, an animation of rigor and complexity,
sculpted out of a series of still images.”

STUDENT ANIMATION COMPETITION

Adobe Prize for Best High School Animation
Check / Samuel MacKinnon / Bighead Productions / Canada
“We appreciated this film that combines graphic visualization with
simple and satisfying storytelling from such a young filmmaker.”

Honourable Mention:
Black Box / Hye Jin Park, Hyun Joo Song, Ji Na Yoon & Min Hee Jang /
Korea Animation High School / South Korea
“It is great to see high school students working together. We liked its
sense of humour.”

Undergraduate Animation
The Building / Marco Nguyen, Pierre Perifel, Xavier Ramonede, Olivier
Staphylas & Rémi Zaarour / GOBELINS, l’école de l’image / France
“We laughed at this modern twist of a Rube Goldberg chain of events.”

Graduate Animation
Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Hazen & Mr. Horlocker / Stefan Mueller / FH Wiesbaden
University of Applied Sciences / Germany
“We admired this film because the second half is full of surprises. We
enjoyed being hammered by the visual punch lines.”

Honourable Mention:
The Possum / Chris Choy / California Institute of the Arts / USA
“We responded to the precision of the limited animation. We believed in
the characters – the acting felt motivated.”

COMMISSIONED ANIMATION COMPETITION

Promotional Animation
FedEx: Stick / David Hulin / Framstore NY / USA
“We liked the story, style and animation. It made us laugh.”

Honourable Mention:
United Airlines: Dragon / Jamie Caliri / Duck Studios / USA
“This film manages to have a poignant narrative, in just 45 seconds. We
admired its use of cut out animation.”

Music Video
Jason Forrest: War Photographer / Joel Trussell / USA
“We enjoyed its graphic style. It was refreshingly camp.”

Television Animation for Adults
Journey to the Disney Vault / Robert Marianetti, David Wachtenheim &
Glenn Steinmacher / USA
“We still can’t believe this film was made, and we can’t believe it was
shown here. We laughed so hard it hurt.”

NEW MEDIA COMPETITION
Animation Short Made for the Internet
It’s JerryTime!: The Brute / Orrin Zucker / Ozone Inc. / USA
“The prize for the New Media Competition, an Animation Short Made for
the Internet, goes to ‘It’s JerryTime!: The Brute’ for its simplicity,
humour, excellently written script and its successful utilization of the
medium.”

ANIMATION MADE FOR CHILDREN

Kutoka Prize for Best Short Animation Made for Children
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers / Michael Sporn / Michael Sporn
Animation, Inc. / USA /
“For telling a great story of a brave, courageous man that really held
our interest.”

Collideascope Award for Television Animation for Children
Codename Kids Next Door: Operation L.I.C.O.R.I.C.E. / Mr. Warburton /
Curious Pictures / USA
“For being the most creative, with its funny, imaginative storyline and
colourful animation.”

SPECIAL PRIZES

NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA PUBLIC PRIZE
Jaime Lo – Small and Shy / Lillian Chan / National Film Board of Canada
/ Canada

CANADIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN ANIMATION
The Man Who Waited (L’homme qui attendait) / Theodore Ushev / National
Film Board of Canada / Canada
“For its bold graphic design and animation style as well as its
original reworking of the Franz Kafka parable, the Canadian Film Institute
Award for Best Canadian Animation goes to Theodore Ushev’s ‘The Man Who
Waited.”

Honourable Mention: Changing Evan / Steven Woloshen / Canada
“The Canadian Film Institute would also like to give an Honourable
Mention to Steven Woloshen’s McLaren-esque ‘Changing Evan.”

TELETOON CANADIAN STUDENT ANIMATION SCHOLARSHIP

Prizes of $5,000.00 for First Place, $3,000.00 for Second Place and
$2,000.00 for Third Place are awarded in each category.

Entrance Competition
1. Check / Samuel MacKinnon / Bighead Productions / Canada
2. Bruno / Aven Fisher / Canada
3. The Little Girl Who Stares / Cleo Halfpenny / Canada

Continuing Education Competition
1. 2 / Kim Anderson / Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema & Quickdraw
Animation Society / Canada
2. Umbrella Boy (2005) Andrew Ross / Sheridan College & House of Cool /
Canada
3. Pinch (2006) Jody Kramer / Emily Carr Institute / Canada

Most Promising Student Competition
1. L’Or Rouge / Kent Hugo / Sheridan College / Canada
2. Late Night Comedy / Chay Edry / Sheridan College
3. Animation Test Pilot / Brad Kinley / Sheridan College / Canada

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is the largest festival of
its kind in North America and one of the most respected animation
festivals in the world. Bringing art and industry together, the Festival
attracts production executives, artists, students and animation fans from
across Canada and around the world. For further information regarding
the Festival, please visit our website at www.animationfestival.ca or
call 613-232-8769.

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