SOURCE: Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival

September 12, 2005 07:00 ET

Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival Announces 2005 Winners

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2005 -- After a highly successful second season, with hundreds of entries received from around the world, Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival proudly announces that Arthur de Pins, the French filmmaker who entered "La Révolution des Crabes," is the $10,000 Grand Prize winner.

The short film was selected as the best of the fest by a grand jury that included actor Mark Hamill, "Avatar: The Last Airbender" Co-Creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Director/Animator Mike Gabriel, 10-year-old cartoon connoisseur Noah Webb and Feature Storyboard Artist and winner of the Producers' Choice Award in the first Nicktoons Film Festival, Elizabeth Ito. All jury members agreed that the clever story about the life of crabs doomed to only travel in a straight line was a side-splitter. The simple plot, black-and-white format and straightforward animation add to the film's undeniable charm.

The other festival prizewinner is California Institute of the Arts student J.G. Quintel, who earned both the Producers' Choice Award (an Apple G5 computer and a copy of Bauhaus Software's Mirage) and the Nextoons Student Animator Award ($1,000 and a copy of SOFTIMAGE's XSI|Foundation). Quintel took home both prizes for his short, "The Naïve Man from Lolliland," about a very gentile ambassador who totally loses his cool during a typically benign encounter.

Films that made it into the Top Ten category and received an additional screening in the final episode of the on-air portion of the Festival on Nicktoons included: "Anthem," PSYOP (New York); "Prey," Tom Kyzivat (Illinois); "The Mousochist," John Dilworth (New York); "Maestro," M. Toth Geza (Hungary); "Betty," Rie Ito (New York); "Oh, Dear," Jiwook Kim (Los Angeles); "Farm Force," Dominic Carola & Paulo Alvarado (Florida); and "Fee Fi Fo Fum," Shane Swinnea (Illinois).

Sponsors and Friends of the Festival include Bauhaus Software, SOFTIMAGE, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Stash DVD Magazine, Toon Boom, Your Next Tee, Digital Tutors, Animation Magazine, Mighty Fine Inc. and DreamWorks Animation.

"Our second season winners have established Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival as the premiere electronic animation festival for independent animators and artists," concludes Fred Seibert, Festival Executive Director and President of Frederator Studios, which is a co-producer of Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival. "Arthur de Pins and J.G. Quintel are the original talents to watch out for in the future."

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