Academy of Machinima Announces Machinima Awards Winners

The Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences (AMAS), an organization that provides advocacy, education and community for Machinima, announced the winners of the 2005 Machinima Awards (The Mackies), which were unveiled in an awards presentation during the Machinima Film Festival on Nov. 11, 2005.

The honoring of so many different Machinimas just speaks to its strength as a medium. said Paul Marino, exec director of the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences. Artists are exploring many different formats using Machinima, each with its own unique approach and execution. Weve always promoted Machinima as a platform for creative expression, and this years awards is a testimony to that.

The winners include:

Best PictureGAME ON Ethan Vogt/Furnace Media Group

Best DirectionWHIPLASH: THE MOVIE Jake Hughes

Best Virtual PerformanceA FEW GOOD G-MEN Randall Glass

The IFC Award for Excellence in Machinima Screenwriting P.A.N.I.C.S. Rooster Teeth Prods.

Best Visual DesignPERSON2184 Friedrich Kirschner

Best Technical AchievementPERSON2184 Friedrich Kirschner

Best SoundONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jason Choi/Riot Films

Best EditingSTRANGERHOOD STUDIOS Rooster Teeth Prods.

Best Independent MachinimaRED VS. BLUE Rooster Teeth Prods.

Best Commercial/Game MachinimaGAME: ON Ethan Vogt/Furnace Media Group

Best Off the Shelf MachinimaTHE RETURN Terran Gregory & Ezra Ferguson

Best Machinima SeriesTHIS SPARTAN LIFE Chris Burke

Academy Honorary AwardDavid "crt" Wright for developing KeyGrip for Quake

The 2005 Machinima Film Festival, sponsored by NVIDIA and IFC, is an annual event held to showcase selected Machinima works produced over the past year. The 2005 Machinima Awards recognizes excellence in Machinima production and are announced at the start of the Machinima Film Festival. The award winners have been posted to the festival website (festival.machinima.org) a DVD of the 2005 winners is also currently planned. The 2006 Machinima Awards will begin accepting submissions in May 2006.

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