SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival Executive Producer Carlye Archibeque announced the Computer Animation Festival's Best of Show, Jury Honors, Student Prize, and Well Told Fable Prize recipients for SIGGRAPH 2009 late this afternoon.
"This year's accepted films really overwhelmed us with the level of technical expertise and expert storytelling, which made the awards decision process extremely difficult," Carlye Archibeque, SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival Executive Producer. "The winners not only exemplify what makes excellent animation today, but also provide a glimpse into the great things we have awaiting us in the future."
Award and prize winners were chosen from hundreds of submissions from around the globe - presented by both professional studios and students alike. An expert panel of jury members selected the winners for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery, animation, and storytelling.
Since 1999, the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival has been an official qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "Best Animated Short Film" Academy Award. The film "Oktapodi" became an Academy nominee in the Best Animated Short category after winning Best in Show in the SIGGRAPH 2008 Computer Animation Festival. For the second consecutive year, the Festival's screenings, panels, and production sessions are open to the public, allowing general audiences to get a glimpse behind the making of computer generated effects, visualizations, and animations that is rarely available. The winners are:
Best in Show Award Winner
Fabrice O. Joubert
The Pumpkin Factory
Jury Award Winner
Jury Honorable Mention
Rodrigo Blaas, Cecile Hokes
Student Prize Winner
Matthias Bjarnason, Christian Munk S?rensen, Nicolai Slothus
The Animation Workshop
Well Told Fable Prize
Sukwon Shin, In Pyo Hong