Machinima Awards Nominees Announced

The Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences has announced the nominations for the 2003 Machinima Awards, which showcases the best in films created in a realtime virtual 3D environment, known as 3D game engines. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 25, 2003 at the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York as part of the Machinima Film Festival.

The non-profit organization advocates and promotes Machinima as a new artform with the awards and festival as an event to assist in this mission. The full-day festival, sponsored by NVIDIA, AMD and the American Museum of the Moving Image, will showcase Machinima technology, presentations and screenings. Admission to the event is free. More information can be found on both the Academy's site (www.machinima.org) and the Museum's Website (www.movingimage.us)

Below is a complete list of the nominees:

Best PictureANNA - Fountainhead Ent., USAAVATARA - Donato Mancini, CanadaBLOOD GULCH CHRONICLES - Red Vs. Blue, USABOUNCER PLEASE - Stardate: Nighttime, U.K.IN THE WAITING LINE - Ghost Robot/Fountainhead Ent., USA

Best DirectionANNA - Fountainhead Ent., USABLOOD GULCH CHRONICLES - Red Vs. Blue, USAHERO - Magnus Walterstad & David Munroe, Germany/USALOVEDEATH - David Kaplan & Dan Torop, USAIN THE WAITING LINE - Ghost Robot/Fountainhead Ent., USA

Best Virtual PerformanceANNA - Fountainhead Ent., USABLOOD GULCH CHRONICLES - Red Vs. Blue, USACOMMON SENSE COOKING - The ILL Clan, USAHERO - Magnus Walterstad & David Munroe, Germany/USAIN THE WAITING LINE - Ghost Robot/Fountainhead Ent., USA

Best Visual DesignANNA - Fountainhead Ent., USATHE BATTLE OF XERXES - Artemis Software, USASAFETY KIDS - XLT & Chanticleer Films, USATHE TOURNAMENT - Friedrich Kirschner, GermanyIN THE WAITING LINE - Ghost Robot/Fountainhead Ent., USA

Best SoundANNA - Fountainhead Ent., USATHE BATTLE OF XERXES - Artemis Software, USADRAGONS - Stardate: Nighttime, UKHERO - Magnus Walterstad & David Munroe, Germany/USAIN THE WAITING LINE - Ghost Robot/Fountainhead Ent., USA

Best WritingBLOOD GULCH CHRONICLES - Red Vs. Blue, USATHE BATTLE OF XERXES - Artemis Software, USADRAGONS - Stardate: Nighttime, U.K.GODS AND FATHERS - Ike Sainoi, GermanyPORTAL - G4 TV, USA

Best EditingBLOOD GULCH CHRONICLES - Red Vs. Blue, USAHERO - Magnus Walterstad & David Munroe, Germany/USALOVEDEATH - David Kaplan & Dan Torop, USATHE OUTCOME - Joe Falcione, USAOWNED - Magnus Walterstad & David Munroe, Germany/USA

Best Technical AchievementANNA - Fountainhead Ent., USACOMMON SENSE COOKING - The ILL Clan, USALUCKY MAN - James Hamer-Morton, U.K.OZYMANDIAS - Strange Co., ScotlandTHE TOURNAMENT - Friedrich Kirschner, Germany

Best Commercial/Game MachinimaHALO 2 - Microsoft/Bungie, USAPORTAL - G4 TV, USASAFETY KIDS - XLT & Chanticleer Films, USATRON 2 - Buena Vista Games & Monolith Prods., USAIN THE WAITING LINE - Ghost Robot/Fountainhead Ent., USA

Best Independent FilmBLOOD GULCH CHRONICLES - Red Vs. Blue, USABOUNCER PLEASE - Stardate: Nighttime, U.K.DIE WALTONS - Rodrigo Olmos & Axel Schmidt, GermanyHERO - Magnus Walterstad & David Munroe, Germany/USAOZYMANDIAS - Strange Co., Scotland

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