The AEAF Awards winners were announced at a gala screening in Sydney on July 24, 2012; the number and quality of entries in the Feature Film VFX category sparked a new Gold, Silver and Bronze system for winners, recognizing MPC, Weta and Cinesite.
Sydney -- The winners of the Australian Effects & Animation Festival have been selected in all 13 categories and announced at a very lively AEAF Awards event on July at the Event Cinema in Sydney.
The winner in Commercials VFX, the Festival’s largest category this year, is Altvfx in Brisbane with "Nocturnal Migration" for Tooheys. Kia "Share Some Soul" from Method Studios in Los Angeles topped the Commercials Animation entries. Members of Method's Sydney team were on hand to collect the Award.
The Feature Films - Visual Effects Gold award goes to MPC for Prometheus, Silver to Weta Digital for The Avengers, and Bronze to Cinesite for John Carter of Mars. Not only was the complexity, expertise and originality of all three entries excellent but the judges found the levels of attention to storytelling and contribution to the whole film were also very high.
Feature Films - Animation winner is The Adventures of Tintin from Weta Digital who generously supplied some great breakdown footage of their animation and effects work across the project.
The Titles & Openers Award went to Dvein in Spain for Eva - Film Main Titles, Digital Pulse won in Idents & Stings with their Foxtel idents and Framestore collected the Web/Viral award for "Coca Cola Polar Bowl."
Taste Media, New Zealand received the Flash Animation award for their call for entries spot for Live & Love Film Festival 2011. The Game Cinematics award winners are Sydney’s Plastic Wax Animation with "Civilzation 5 Gods and Kings" and Oh Yeah Wow in Melbourne have picked up the Music Video award for "Easy Way Out" by Gotye. Winner of the Short Film category is Joyrider Films for "The Gate" by director, writer, VFX and concept artist and animator Matt Westrup.
The winning TV Series is the HBO production Game of Thrones from Pixomondo, who also supplied fascinating footage showing breakdowns of their Series 2 creatures and environments. The Education & Training winner is Sixty40 in Sydney for NBN Explained and the Student award was won by Christopher Potter for top animation work on Ernie the Echidna.
Feature Films VFX Prometheus – MPC – Gold The Avengers – Weta Digital - Silver John Carter of Mars - Cinesite - Bronze
Feature Films - Animation The Adventures of Tintin - Weta Digital
Commercials Animation Kia - Share Some Soul - Method Studios
Commercials VFX Nocturnal Migration - Altvfx
Education & Training NBN Explained - sixty40
Flash Animation Live and Love Film Festival 2011 - Taste Media
Game Cinematics Civilization 5 Gods and Kings - Plastic Wax Animation
Music Video Easy Way Out - Gotye - Oh Yeah Wow
Short Film The Gate - Joyrider Films
Student Ernie the Echidna - Christopher Potter
Titles & Openers Eva - Film Main Titles - Dvein
Idents & Stings Foxtel idents - Digital Pulse
TV Series Game of Thrones - Pixomondo
Web / Viral Coca Cola Polar Bowl - Framestore
Full details of finalists and winners is online at http://www.vfxfestival.com/AEAF-News/aeaf-winners-announced
Source: Australian Effects & Animation Festival