PLATFORM International Animation Festival announces competition award winners during closing ceremonies of a six-day long program in Portland, Oregon. Luis Cook took home the Grand Prix for his film, THE PEARCE SISTERS, which also won Best Art Direction.
Awards were given in categories covering commercial and independent films, student animation, installations and films for new platforms, including cell phones and the Internet. In total, more than $50,000 was awarded to the winning artists.
"We truly feel that we have accomplished our goal in creating a literal platform for artists, innovation, debate and discussion as well as set the stage to explore new developments in animation," said festival director Irene Kotlarz. "We had a wide variety of quality work submitted for competition. The judges had to make some extremely tough decisions when determining the winners of this year's competition."
Below is a complete list of winners.
Grand PrixTHE PEARCE SISTERSLuis Cook
Grand Prix/ InstallationNO NEVER ALONEGregory Barsamian
Student Grand PrixGUY 101Ian Gouldstone
Student Grand PrixDREAMING OF LUCID LIVING Miwa Matreyek
Best Film Under $5,000EVERYTHING WILL BE OKDon Hertzfeldt
Best Film Under $50,000RABBITRun Wrake
Distinguished Jury AwardGOD ON OUR SIDEUri Kranot and Michal Pfeffer
Best Film Over $50,000TOWER BAWHERTheodore Ushev
Best Promotional FilmVODAFONE MAYFLYDarren Walsh
Best Title SequenceTHE SOUTH BANK SHOWSSSR
Best Art DirectionPEARCE SISTERSLuis Cook
Best SoundI MET THE WALRUS Josh Raskin
Best Music VideoTHE KNIFE: WE SHARE OUR MOTHER'S HEALTH Motomichi Nakamura
Most Innovative STABILITY & WILDLIFEKarolina Sobecka
Best Performance by Animated CharacterNO ROOM FOR GEROLDDaniel Nocke
Best InstallationREDUCED CONCEPTIONDaniela Repas
Best Film For the Internet SECRET LIVES OF ROBOTSLee Rubenstein
Best Film For Mobile DevicesOFFICE BUDDIES: STAPLER FACE OFFDan Abdo and Jason Patterson
Best Film for ChildrenADVENTURE TIMEPendleton Ward
Best Series for ChildrenSHAUN THE SHEEP: STILL LIFEChris Sadler
Audience Choice Award/Best InstallationDREAMING OF LUCID LIVINGMiwa Matreyek
Audience Choice Award/Best FilmTRAGIC STORY WITH A HAPPY ENDINGRegina Pessoa
Audience Choice Award/Best MobileSOUTheodore Ushev
For more information, go to www.platformfestival.com.