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fmx/05 Breaks Records & Doles Out Awards

fmx/05, the 10th International Conference On Animation, Effects, Realtime and Content, saw a record breaking attendance of 3,500 people as it handed its top award to Blur Studios Oscar nominated short film GOPHER BROKE. Compared to 2004, this makes for a plus of about 50% or 1,200 visitors an increase that is mainly due to the excellent response of the industry. The event ran from April 27 to April 30 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Topics ranged from film and TV production, animation, effects and realtime to scientific applications, games and the latest software solutions.

The jury for the animago AWARDS included Ekkehard Brüggemann, DigitaleKultur e.V. (Germany), Matt Hullum, Rooster Teeth Productions (U.S.), Aaron Koenig, Bitfilm Festival (Germany) and Lassi Tasajärvi, Even Lake Studios (Finland).

Realtime Awards:

Category Cut ScenesLars Wagner, Virgin Lands GmbH, Volkach, GermanyPrize: Avid Xpress Studio Essential, donated by Avid Technology

Category Flash AnimationBruno Rhinn, Griesheim, FrancePrize: Studio MX 2004 with Flash Professional, donated by Macromedia

Category DemosGergely Kis Szelei, Debrecen, HungaryPrize: Pocket PC iPAQ hx2410, donated by Hewlett-Packard

Category MachinimasTom Bezmalinovic, Basel, SwitzerlandPrize: Quadro FX Grafikkarte, donated by Nvidia

animago AWARDS

animago AWARD, First prizeCategory: Professional Animation ShortGOPHER BROKEArtists: Jeff Fowler et al., Blur Studio, U.S.

animago AWARD, Second prizeCategory: Professional Animation ShortFALLEN ARTArtists: Tomek Baginski et al., Poland

animago AWARD, Third prizeCategory: Education Animation Advertising & CommercialsRACING BEATSArtists: Alexander Kiesl, Steffen Hacker et al., GermanyClient: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

animago AWARD, Fourth prizeCategory: Professional Compositing Video clipWIR SIND WIRArtists: Marko Plötner, Thomas Hiebler, Postfactory GmbH, GermanyClient: Katapult

animago AWARD, Fifth prizeCategory: Professional Animation Advertising & CommercialsMATTRESS SHOPArtists: Nando Cohen, Marisa Ditleff et al., Vetor Zero, BrazilClient: Unilever (Comfort)

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