With so many animations out there, it takes a lot of work to make sure they don't go unnoticed. The annual CalArts Character Animation Producers' Show was hosted by the Directors Guild of America on May 2 this year to show the "Best Of" from the school year. Students, faculty, friends, family, industry professionals and fans were all invited to attend watch 192 student films that were screened in late April. It was narrowed down to 22 films that were in the running for the following awards:
1. The Peer's Pick Award
Goodbye Galaxy Girl took "The Peers Pick Award", which is voted on by the students themselves. In this animation, the loneliness of a women becomes a dreamlike, yet heartbreaking, escape into the world of cartoons. Animation comes a long way for Yden Park in her fourth year at CalArts. Though her style is similar through the years, her progress is evident to her peers.
Watch Goodby Galaxy Girl here!
2. The Vimeo Award
Little Bandits by Alex Avagimain takes home "The Vimeo Award". This one is juried by Vimeo for Outstanding Student Achievement in Animated Filmmaking. This animation is a classic "coming of age" film where a young boy is convinced that killing a bird will make him a man. Based on a true story, this animation shows great development throughout the students years at CalArts.
Watch Little Bandits here!
3. The Walter and Gracie Lantz Animation Prize
"The Walter and Gracie Lantz Animation Prize" is chosen by the CalArts Character Animation Program faculty and how they have noticed the students' progress. This one was a tie between two animations. One by Anchi Shen for Barry about a baby goat who goes job hunting.
Watch Barry here!
Gabrielle Capili is also awarded the "The Walter and Gracie Lantz Animation Prize" for Dennis the Dinosaur. The interaction between the animation itself and a live performance shows the humor of a pilot taking the wrong turn for a children's TV animation.
Watch Dennis the Dinosaur here!
Not only did this give students a chance to showcase their work, but they were also able to network with many companies and well respected individuals from the animation industry. Don't worry if you missed the screening, you can check out the list of the animations showcased here.
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