Winning submissions will yield cash prizes for winning creators, totaling $50,000, as well as commercial development and distribution deals SAN FRANCISCO – Sep. 18, 2008 – aniBoom, the world’s first virtual studios, today announced its Third Annual aniBoom Awards for submissions from independent animators of all types around the globe. Submissions are welcome from today through December 1, 2008, during which time the animations will be viewed and ranked by the community on http://www.aniboom.com/ and by a select panel of entertainment industry luminaries. At stake is a Grand Prize for the overall winner that includes a $25,000 investment in commercial development and a distribution deal with aniBoom that will enable the winning animator to significant career-making exposure through a variety of outlets and channels. In addition, three selected Community Favorites will be selected based on aniBoom’s online animation community ranking, as well as three Top Selections by the competition’s panel of Judges. All six selections will be awarded a share of the $50,000 in cash and prizes, including ToonBoom software and CG Society books. All 50 of the top picks will receive prizes. “We’ve watched the aniBoom Awards evolve, over the past two years, into a genuine industry showcase reflective of the company’s mission: to inspire and publish untapped talent worldwide, introduce new work to global mass audiences, and to partner with these preeminent creators to commercialize original animated content for multi-platform distribution,” said Mr. Uri Shinar, Founder and President of aniBoom. “We have every reason to expect this year’s competition will be robust and exciting – meeting and even surpassing what we’ve come to expect from our aspiring artists’ community.”
Esteemed panel of industry luminaries to review competition entries. The panel of judges for this year’s aniBoom Awards competition includes some of the leading content and entertainment industry’s executives:
- Mr. Yair Landau, former President of Sony Pictures Digital
- Mr. John Mass, Executive Vice President at the international William Morris Agency.
- Mr. Peter Hirshberg, Chairman of the Executive Committee & CMO, Technorati Inc.
- Mr. Mauro Del Rio, Founder and Chairman of Buongiorno.
- Ms. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Founder and CEO of the Gotham Group
- Ms. Barbara Corday, Senior Television Producer at Columbia Pictures.
- Mr. Yehuda Wurtzel, Senior Vice President, Content Development and Productization, Aniboom
Previous winners of the Aniboom Award Competition program have successfully transformed respective wins to career boost and commercial opportunitiesParticipants in the previous aniBoom Award competition have benefited by the significant exposure associated with this program. Mr. Eric Lerner, one of the 2006 aniBoom Awards winners, leveraged his success to a top-notch job at London film studio Partizan Lab, and recently created an animated commercial for Coca-Cola, for its 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ms. Anita Dreiseberg, a 2006 aniBoom Award Winner for her animation, “Back In Bush”, was approached by the CW Network, introduced to her “Reno Reynolds Holiday Song” entry on aniBoom.com, with a proposal to air it on the holiday episode of their new TV show "Online Nation".