The Animation School is pleased to announce that the works listed below have proceeded to the Finalist level in the 2013 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards®.
The awards ceremony honoring The World’s Best TV & Films™ will take place on Tuesday April 9 at The NAB Show in Las Vegas. The 2013 Grand Trophy winning entries will be the subject of an NAB Show Creative Master Series session on 10 April 2013.
Our three finalist nominations are for the Short Films category for the following work:
With entries in from over 50 countries, this year’s Television & Film Awards® presented strong competition, so once again, congratulations to the 3 graduate films of the class of 2012. Medal winners will be notified in early March.
In 2011 The Animation School won a GOLD WORLD MEDAL at The New York Festivals for “In Sickness”, recognised as the world’s best in the Short Animation Film category.
We are proud to announce that The New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards has rewarded graduates of The Animation School the 2011 GOLD WORLD MEDAL, recognizing their entry “In Sickness” as the world’s best in the Short Animation Film category.
This is the acceptance speech by Benito Kok and Ian van Heerden.
Animation South Africa had its first ever Student Competition Viewing on Saturday, 4 February at The Bioscope Independent cinema in Johannesburg. The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) sponsored the event and the 1st prize is a trip to the world’s biggest animation festival in Annecy, France later this year.
Other prizes included internships, online courses and book prizes contributed by supportive industry players. The aim of the competition is to motivate local schools and in so doing raise the overall standard of animation locally.
The competition was open to all students who are currently registered at a South African animation school, including universities, technical colleges and private tertiary institutions. This year’s eligible schools excluded online courses such as Animation Mentor, but this will most likely be amended next year.
According to Animation SA the competition aims to create an open dialogue between the South African animation industry and the animation educational institutions. Further it hopes to inform students about the local animation industry, their opportunities for employment, and the expectations of potential employers.
The competition was initiated to decrease the gap between the needs of the industry and the skills of graduates and to give exceptional students the motivation and tools to further their skills and careers. Other goals are to create an awareness of local animation overseas and to create public interest in the South African animation at home.
David Hecker, formerly an animation educator at Learn2 and now with Sunrise was one of the judging team. “The judges were very impressed not only by the overall quality of the work entered, but also the diversity of the stories being told. There were a number of pieces that absolutely blew us away in terms of their concept and execution and we were thrilled to see that there was a general understanding of what it takes to make an animated short without relying on stale jokes and half-baked stories”.
“Some of the categories were hotly contested and warranted some lengthy discussion. The general standard of entries was quite good and we all feel that there is some really good talent about to hit the market”.
Shannan Taylor from Monster Studios in Johannesburg also commented on the challenging task of selecting the winner: “It was very inspiring to see that the standard of work submitted for this competition was on such a level that our local animation studios may have to reconsider what is required from entry level animators! I would really like to reinforce that as much as one can predict the words; ‘it was a very close call’… and ‘there can only be one winner’!”
“I honestly believe there should have been at least five seats on that plane to Annecy! … Well done to everyone who put in so much of their ‘life time’ into their submissions ~ keep it up ~ the studios are watching you!”
Winner Jeanelize de Nys from The Animation School with ASA Co-Chair David Whitehouse
1. Short Film
Winner of the grand prize: Jeanelize de Nys (The Animation School)
2nd : Ian van Heerden (The Animation School)
3rd: Kevin Van Der Oever (Open Window)
2. Character Animation
Winner: Jeanelize de Nys (The Animation School)
2nd: Louis Rossow (Touch Vision training)
3rd:: Annike Pienaar (Open Window)
3. Outstanding Technical Achievement
Winner by default: Shane Marks (The Animation School)
4. Production Design
Winner: Kevin Van Der Oever (Open Window)
Paul Lombard (The Animation School)
Thapelo Keetile (University of Johannesburg)
5. Best Visual Execution
Winner: Kevin Van Der Oever (Open Window)
2nd: Dumisani Masilela (Touch Vision Training)
3rd: Shane Marks (The Animation School)
No award was given for artistic achievement, due to a lack of entries in alternative mediums.