RockFish Wins Cartoon of the Year at Channel Frederator Awards

Channel Frederator (www.channelfrederator.com), the world's original cartoon podcast, announced the winners of its First Annual Channel Frederator Awards. The awards, which mark the one-year celebration of Channel Frederator's cartoon podcasting, are the first of their kind to honor the films and filmmakers in the rapidly growing category of user submitted and user generated video on the Internet.

The First Annual Channel Frederator Awards recognize various achievements seen on Channel Frederator's weekly episodes throughout 2006. Winners were selected in 11 categories judged by Channel Frederator viewers and five categories judged by jury. More than 1,000 animated films were submitted from around the world. Blur ROCKFISH won Cartoon of the Year as well as Best CG Film and Biggest File Size from the jury. John Lasseter, ceo of Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, was honored as Cartoonist of the Year. Apple was presented with the Instigator Award for the important role it has played in the proliferation of podcasting.

Recipients of this year's awards are:

Viewers' ChoiceBest Flash Film: I LIKE PANDAS - Jessica BorutskiBest Foreign Film: LE BUILDING - Olivier StaphylasBest Music Video: WAR PHOTOGRAPHER - Joel TrussellFunniest Film: EVERYONE ELSE HAS HAD MORE SEX THAN ME - Bernard Derriman Best Design: BENDITO MACHINE - Jossie MalisBest Dance Sequence: DANCE LIKE A MONKEY - Collection Agency FilmsBest CG Film: ROCKFISH - Blur StudioThrough a Podcast Darkly: SNOW-BO - Vera BrosgolFilm Most Likely To Be Censored by the FCC: WTF?! - Tim FarrellSo Cute It Hurts: SKIPPY - Amanda SpalinskiBest Voicemail: SWEET LOVE - UnknownCartoon of the Year: ROCKFISH - Blur Studio

Juried PrizesBiggest File Size: ROCKFISH - Blur StudioJoe Robot Award: THE NEW GUY - Ed SkudderThe Vanguard Award: David KarpCartoonist of the Year: John LasseterInstigator Award: AppleProducers' Choice: WAR PHOTOGRAPHER - Joel Trussell

"Channel Frederator was founded as a forum for talented Internet filmmakers and animators everywhere to showcase their creative work, and judging by the caliber of the entries, we have achieved this," said Fred Seibert, president/exec producer, Frederator Studios. "We are thrilled to be the first to honor this talented group of individuals who are on the forefront of creating video on the Internet. We are especially proud to honor John Lasseter who, as a visionary cartoonist, serves as an inspiration for filmmakers everywhere."

Since its Nov. 1, 2005 launch, Channel Frederator has received more than 1,000 submissions and showcased more than 175 animated films; the network has been downloaded more than 5 millon times. Cartoons include narrative and experimental shorts, along with music videos, promotional spots and contemporary and vintage commercials. They range from million dollar computer generated shorts to the simplest forms of independent animation.

Channel Frederator was imagined and created by Frederator Studios' Fred Seibert and David Karp, founder of web application developer Davidville. Channel Frederator is produced by Frederator Studios (www.frederator.kz), which has created original cartoons since 1998. Productions include Nickelodeon's hits, THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS, CHALKZONE and MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT. Their cartoon laboratories OH YEAH! CARTOONS and RANDOM! CARTOONS have so far resulted in 138 shorts, four series and development of five feature films.

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