Tuesday, 28 November 2017


The Palm Springs Global Animation Festival (PSIAF)declared the winners of its debut accolades. The festivities which ran Nov. 9-11, included more that 250 short & six feature-length animated films from over 103 countries, along with jury debates, seminars and academic programming.

The carnival opened with clippings of Loving Vincent, an exclusive animated film comprising of more than 65,000 hand-painted frameworks created in Vincent Van Gogh’s unique oil-painting designs. The screen shots from Breakthru Films, was lauded the best animated feature film and was attended by a special presentation from the artists Charlene Mosley and Tiffanie Mang showing how to sketch/paint in a Van Gogh’s design.

Other feature presentations included Bilal : A new breed of champions, the full Middle Eastern-sponsored and produced CG-animated inspirational film of Bilal Ibn Rabah and Teharan Taboo. An Iranian born animated film producer- Ali Soozandeh made a  movie on the sex lives of a hustlier, a male musician and two you women in Tehran. The feature was the product of the younger generation views  of repressed living in the real world in Iran.

The first anniversary of PSIAF also featured a booming program of animated short  films that delved into a wide range of styles like watercolors animation, paper cut-outs that consisted of hand-drawn 2D animation and still pictures.

The winners of the first annual PSIAF are:

The best out-standing animated feature          :  Loving Vincent

Excellent manual animated short                      :   The Potato Eaters
Director                                                                   :   Martin Kukal

First place watercolor animated short             :   Strange Case
Director                                                                  :   Zbigniew  Czapla
Out-standing paper animated short                :   Tis
Director                                                                 :  Chole Lesueur 

Excellent Classic and Traditional Animated
Short.                                                                     :  New York city sketchbook
Director                                                                 :  William Hartland

Best Hand Painted Animated Short                 :  Yellow Rose
Director:                                                               :   Xin Li

Best Amazing stop-motion Animated Short  :   Tokri

Director                                                                :  Suresh Eriyat

Outstanding LGBT Animated Short                 :  Fishy
Director                                                                :  Joe Sulsenti

Exceptional 3D Dark Comedy Animated
Short.                                                                   :  After work

Director                                                               :  Andres Aguilar

Best Abstract Animated Short                        :  Virtual Actors in Chinese Opera
Director                                                               :  Tobias Gremmler

Exceptional performance Sand & Salt
Animated Short                                                 :   Angels of the Seashore
 Director                                                             :   Kseniya Simonova

Best Powerful Dark & Mysterious 3D
Animated Short                                                 :   Citipati

Director                                                              :    Andreas Feix

Outstanding Global Issues & Socially
Animated Short                                                :    The Neverending  Wall

Director                                                             :     Silvia Carpizo

Best 3D Sci-fi Fantasy Animated short
 Agent Aiden                                                    :     The Planet of the Slaves

Director                                                            :      Martin Lambert and Laurent Beghin

Best VFX and Rotoscoped Animated Short :   Mosquito : The Bite of Passage

Director                                                            :     Brian Vincent Rhodes

Exceptional 3D Drama Animated Short     :      Weeds

Director                                                           :      Kevin Hudson

Best Music Video Animated Short             :       Escape

Director                                                          :       Brandon  Oldenburg   

Outstanding Academy Of Dream
Awards Animated Short                             :       Hide & Shriek

Director                                                          :       Dani Bowman

Exceptional  3D Performance of
Fantasy Animated Short                            :        Awaken

Director                                                         :        Emerson Eagp

Best 2D Children Animated Short             :        New Toy

Director                                                          :       Rogerio Boechat
Exceptional 2D Action Adventure
Animated Short                                             :     Salesman  Pete

Director                                                          :      Marc Bouyer

Top Rated Fun Stop-Motion Animated
Short                                                               :     No-No Wants to Try a Sport

Director                                                          :     Auvray  Mathieu

Outstanding 3D Drama Adventure
Animated Short.                                          :     Geno

Director                                                         :      Dato Kiknavelidze 

Best 2D Drama Animated Short                :      New Ariadne’s Thread

Director                                                         :      Claude Luyet

Best Winter Holiday Animated
Short                                                              :      The Christmas Star

Director                                                         :       Kok Sen Lai

Best Experimental Animated short          :      Bi-Polaroid

Director                                                         :       John Morena

Exceptional 2D Odd and Twisted
Animated Short                                          :       Dinner for Few

Director                                                        :       Nassos Vakalis
Top Rated 3D Heartwarming
Animated Short                                         :      Adija

Director                                                       :      Apollonia Thomaier

Best 3D Comedy Animated Short           :      Voyagers

Director                                                       :      Gauthier Ammeux, Valentine Baillon

Best TV series Animated Short               :       Paper Girls

Director                                                       :      Tone Thyne

Exceptional 3D Romantic Comedy        :     Tanguito Argentino
Animated Short.

Director                                                       :      Joaquin Braga

Best Cool Stop-Motion Animated
Short                                                            :      Ethnophoobia

Director                                                       :      Joan Zhonga

Top Rated 3D Dark Animated
Short                                                            :     Legacy

Director                                                       :     Guilhem Carayre

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