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AniMazing! Spotlight Open To Entries

AniMazing! Spotlight Open To EntriesFirst Deadline: December 29, 2008

AniMazing! Spotlight focuses exclusively on animated shorts, and offers every applicant personal comments on the work by an international panel of animation experts. The applicant may use these comments for promotional purposes as well as valuable edification and encouragement.

The first deadline is Monday, December 29, 2008.

Full details are available from and online at

AniMazing! Spotlight is open to undiscovered or rarely-seen short animation (12 minutes or shorter) that has not received any major awards prior to AniMazing! Spotlight. There are no age limits, no school requirements, no production year limits, no format limits. Even professionals in the animation industry who are testing out the independent world are eligible.

The international panel for the first quarter includes:

Gene Deitch, Animation Director, Czech RepublicPaul Dopff, Animator/Children's Workshop, FranceTsvika Oren, Animation Director/Journalist, IsraelChris Robinson, Animation Festival Director, CanadaRaffaella Scrimitor, Animation Professor, ItalyHrvoje Turkovic, Scholar/Author/Professor, CroatiaMalcolm Turner, Festival Director, AustraliaPaul Wells, Historian/Screenwriter/Educator, EnglandSharon Wu, Animation Festival Curator, USA

Our experts will send comments to all entries within one month of receiving the short.

Each quarter, AniMazing! Spotlight will then select two entries to award for Excellence in Animation. At the final awards ceremony, the Best Animated Short will be selected from these eight quarterly winners. In addition, they will present Specialty Awards at the ceremony, acknowledging shorts that may score extremely high in one area, but not so high in another. The ceremony will take place at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California on November 8, 2009.

The evening will include the screening of all winning films, and members of the Hollywood animation community will present the awards.

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The AniMazing! Spotlight awards are being sponsored in part by the UPA Legacy Project, the American Cinematheque, and "Toon In to the World of Animation," a weekly podcast of animation interviews, which can be heard at