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AniMazSpot 2011 Q1 Winners Announced

Animazing Spotlight’s international panel has completed scoring the animated shorts entries for the first quarter of their 2011 season.

Yen-Ting Kuo's Swing

Press release from AniMazSpot

Animazing Spotlight’s international panel has completed scoring the animated shorts entries for the first quarter of their 2011 season.  For the first time since AniMazSpot began in 2008, the two winners of this quarter are from the same country, and both studied at the School of Visual arts in NYC.   The first winner is the thoughtful and stylish tale about an end of life issue, “Swing”, by Yen-Ting Kuo, from Taiwan, now in Monterey Park, California, and the other winner is the multi-layered comment on modern stress, “Wind Up Life”, by Yi-Jen Chen, also from Taiwan, now in Brooklyn, New York. Of “Swing”, panelist Frank Mouris says, “Masterful. superb visuals, shots, pacing, music, sound, plotting. You were made for animation.”  Another panelist, Jim Keeshen’s comment on “Wind Up Life” is “Love the style and animation. Great sense of the unknown, strange images and wonderful twists and turns.” Both these Q1 winners will go on to vie for Best of Festival at the third annual AniMazing Spotlight festival next September.  Two from each of the four quarter will make up the eight nominees for Best of Festival.  The top Best of Festival winner will receive Larry Loc’s Bozu Bronze trophy. Other close runners-up will be nominated for various category awards, to be announced after the fourth quarter.  A Special Jury will then be set up to review all the nominees and select the winners.  All Category awards and Best of Festival winners will be announced and presented on the last evening of the festival.   Entries are now open for the Second Quarter, with a deadline of February 7, 2011.  For more information about entering an animated short, and/or to see some of the filmmakers who have entered during our first two years, visit www.animazspot.com.

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