Madame Tutli-directors Chris Lavis (l) and Maciek Szczerbowski (2nd r) share a laugh with Maciek's mother and the head of the NFB Tom Perlmutter. © 2008 AWN Inc.
The night before the Big Night was a chance for the animation community to come together for the 18th annual Chocolate Fosca party, which was hosted by Marilyn Zornado and Libby Simon at the home of Renate Kempowski and Paul Demeyer. The annual event was originally started by Mike Gribble, the co-founder of the Spike & Mike festival, as a way to celebrate the animated shorts nominees. Originally called the Chocolate Oscars, the event was renamed after Fosca, a character from Marv Newland’s Anijam, after the Academy objected to the creation of chocolate Oscars. View the fun that was had by all.
Tour host Ron Diamond (l) shares with Even Pigeons Go To Heaven director Samuel Tourneux his prized sketchbook. © 2008 AWN Inc. Sam adds his drawing to the book filled with past tour members' sketches. © 2008 AWN Inc. Peter and the Wolf director Suzie Templeton and indie animator Rosto meet the Spike & Mike Festival co-founder Spike Decker. © 2008 AWN Inc. NFB exec producer David Verrall (l) relates a funny tale to Tom Perlmutter and I Met the Walrus illustrator James Braithwaite. © 2008 AWN Inc. My Love composer Normand Roger (l) tries to stay dry on the patio with director Alexander Petrov. © 2008 AWN Inc. Chocolate Foscas hosts Marilyn Zornado (r) and Libby Simon introduce the presentation of the prizes. © 2008 AWN Inc. The sweetest prize in animation - the Chocolate Fosca. © 2008 AWN Inc. Sam and producer Simon Vanesse said they entered Even Pigeons as a joke and now it has turned into their dream. © 2008 AWN Inc. With I Met the Walrus designer Alex Kurina (r to l) standing by, director Josh Raskin said that illustrator James Braithwaite's Fosca speech was so good that if they win he's speaking. © 2008 AWN Inc. Compositor Paul George (l) says it was a privilege to work the whole Madame Tutli-Putli team - Chris, Maciek, producer Marcy Page (who gave him her Fosca) and David. © 2008 AWN Inc. David shows off his Canadian maple leaf tie that he received from Spike & Mike co-founder Mike Gribble. © 2008 AWN Inc. My Love producer Dmitri Yurkov translating for Alexander says that the director feels the animation community in Russia is like family and is thrilled that he can come to L.A. and feel the same way. © 2008 AWN Inc. Suzie introduces her collaborators - lead animator Adam Wyrwas, DP Hugh Gordon and co-producer Zbigniew Zmudzki. © 2008 AWN Inc. Josh adds an appropriate drawing to the Spike & Mike Sick & Twisted sketch banner. © 2008 AWN Inc.