Animazing Spotlight Announces Nominations for Upcoming Weekend of Animated Shorts
Animazing Spotlight has announced its nominations for the 2010 Second Annual Weekend of Animated Shorts, to be held September 4 & 5 at Woodbury University. Three of the nominated shorts, Twelve Apples and a Wrench, Humpty Dumpty, and Don’t Text and Drive, were all made by one filmmaker, Adrián Garcia.
Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Adrián Garcia’s childhood passion for magic eventually turned into animation, and somewhere along the way he became a musician, and also moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied animation at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His three shorts are very different in style, from minimalist silhouettes to a ballet of crashing cars. Oh, and he likes chocolate mints and hates ringtones.
Larry Loc, of the members of AniMazSpot’s international panel of experts, who view, score, and comment on every short, said of Don’t Text and Drive, “This was so much fun, the visuals call out to Fantasia. Great fun, very good animation and timing.”
Garcia was also impressed with AniMazSpot, saying, “It's hard to find a festival that gets so involved with its community, but, you guys really seem to understand the value of objective feedback over the common accolade. I'm glad to know your festival truly cares about artistic development. You have my full support!!”
And somewhere along the way he got accolades to boot. Humpty Dumpty and Twelve Apples and a Wrench are competing against each other for Best Animation Technique, and Don’t Text and Drive is one of the eight top scoring shorts vying for Best of Festival.
The other seven are: Cuckoo by Christian Paulsson from Stockholm, Sweden, Bellows March by Eric Dyer from Baltimore, Maryland, The Lighhouse by Velislava Gospodinova from Sofia, Bulgaria, El Salón México by Paul Glickman & Tamarind King from Chicago, Illinois (set in Mexico), Hybrid Union by Serguei Kouchnerov from Kiev, Ukraine, now living and working in Los Angeles, Kidnap by Sijia Luo from Chengdu, China, studying at Beijing Film Academy and UCLAs Animation Workshop, and Complex Villianelle by Co-Directors Bart Ovaitt, Rebecca Forth, Nathan Billington and Ryan Porter, from the University of Colorado Denver's Digital Animation Center.
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