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PR: Teletoon Animation Scholarship 2008 Awards Animators Across Canada

TELETOON ANIMATION SCHOLARSHIP

AWARDS ANIMATORS ACROSS CANADA

TorontoThe winners of the2008 TELETOON Animation Scholarship have been announced by Len Cochrane, President of TELETOON Canada inc., in a special screening and presentation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival on September 19. All 23 of the finalists received a full pass to the OIAF and 15 finalists were present at the presentation. As decided by a panel of industry professional and visitors to teletoon.com, eleven animators are lauded in this year’s edition of the Scholarship, the only award program of its kind in Canada. Over the past eleven years the TELETOON Animation Scholarship has awarded over $300,000 to aspiring animators from across the country.

In each category first prize recipients are awarded $3,000; second place receive $2,000; and $1,500 go to the third place finalist. In addition, three filmmakers are awarded the Voter’s Choice Award carrying a cash prize of $750. The Voter’s Choice Award was decided by visitors to teletoon.com who selected their favourite cartoon in each category. Close to 4000 votes were received.

All winning animations will be available to view at teletoon.com from September 29.

The winners are:

Entrance (Graduating high school students or CEGEP students.)

First Place: Azim Ahmed , John Fraser Secondary School, Mississauga, ON
My Mom – A music video chronicling the true story of a mother’s sad story and a father’s deceit.

Second Place: Kristen Dingman, South Central High School, Oyen, AB
Just a Game – A fatal game of chess between an angel and a devil has a grave effect on the lives of fragile mortals.

Third Place: Janie Grenier, l’Académie les Estacades, Trois-Rivières, QC
Mr. Fish – A bored gold fish comes up with an idea to entertain himself.

Continuing(Students currently studying animation at the post-secondary level.)

First Place: Jonathan Ng, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
Just Another Floor Kids Battle – Two dancers square off in an old school B-Boy battle.

Second Place: Raechel Dickey, Max the Mutt Animation School, Toronto, ON
Aviation – Two aviators attempt to find the root of the problem with their bi-plane.

Third Place: Yuriy Sivers, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
Cousin Tony – When a sting operation goes wrong, a stray cat is disguised as the cousin of the Don.

Most Promising (Students graduating from a post-secondary animation program.)

First Place: Vladimir Kooperman, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
C Block – A canine separated from his favourite chew toy goes on a fantastic and frustrating journey to get it back.

Second Place: James Higuchi, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
Parental Guidance – The influence of sex, drugs and alcohol is explored in this short film. Higuchi received the third place award in the continuing category in the 2007 TELETOON Animation Scholarship.

Third Place: Nat Dart, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC
The Nature of Battle – A dramatic solution to the act of warfare is explored.

Voters Choice Award

Entrance: Janie Grenier, l’Académie les Estacades, Trois-Rivières, QC
Mr. Fish – A bored gold fish comes up with an idea to entertain himself.

Continuing: Kelly Turnbull, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
The Celestial Ox – A heavenly party animal, the Celestial Ox is charged with providing food for all mankind.

Most Promising: Mike Brodie, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
Meet the Porcupine and the Balloon – A rock ‘n’ roll adventure of a porcupine and his birthday balloon.

Developed with key members of the industry to highlight and encourage new talent, the TELETOON Animation Scholarship serves a vital role in the Canadian animation community with many past winners going on to forge successful animation careers and work with award-winning studios such as 9 Story Entertainment, Aardman Animations, Nelvana, Pixar Animation Studios, and Studio B Productions.

TELETOON Canada inc. brings kids, youth and adults the best in animated entertainment with three nationwide specialty television channels, TELETOON, TÉLÉTOON, and TELETOON Retro. Founded in 1997, TELETOON Canada inc. is owned by Astral Media (50%) and Corus Entertainment (50%).

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