, the international festival for digital images, handed out its annual awards on February 5, 2003 at a ceremony in Monaco's Grimaldi Forum. Sony Pictures Imageworks had a big night, winning awards for best direction for the short film THE CHUBBCHUBBS, directed by Eric Armstrong, and taking home best feature honors for STUART LITTLE 2. 2003 was the first year Imagina has presented a best feature film prize, and it was awarded to the feature film that had the most effective use of digital technology. STUART LITTLE 2 beat out DreamWorks' SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON, Warner Bros.' SCOOBY-DOO, Sony Pictures' SPIDER-MAN and the French film LE BOULET, a production of La Petite Reine/Warner Bros. Films from France's animation school Supinfocom picked up the art direction award and the prize for schools and universities, and the Supinfocom-produced short TIM TOM, directed by Cristel Pougeoise and Romain Segaud, won the Grand Prix Imagina. The prize for Best Animation went to PDI/DreamWorks for SPROUT, directed by Scott Peterson. The full list of winners follows:
Grand Prix Imagina
TIM TOM (France) Supinfocom
Directed by Cristel Pougeoise and Romain Segaud.
Special Prize of the Jury
Bjork "'Nature Is Ancient" (UK) Blue Source Films
Directed by Lynn Fox.
Prize for Best Direction
THE CHUBBCHUBBS (USA) Sony Pictures Imageworks
Directed by Eric Armstrong
Prize for Best Animation
SPROUT (USA) PDI/DreamWorks
Directed by Scott Peterson.
Art Direction Award
GRAVITÉS (France) Supinfocom
Thierry Bassement, Frédéric Gesquierre, Alexandre Perard.
Prize for Best Rendering
Effects and Animation by SPARX*
Prize for Best Script
THE PRESENTATORS "Phone in" (UK) Aardman Animation
Written by Stefan Marjoram.
Prize for Schools and Universities
LE FAUX PLI (France) Supinfocom
François Lepeintre, Antoine Arditi, Audrey Delpuech.
Prize for Best Commercial
GDF "Dolce Vita" (France) La Maison / Australie / Quad
Directed by Bruno Aveillan.
Prize for Best Feature Film
STUART LITTLE 2 (USA) Sony Pictures Imageworks