The 45th annual ASIFA-East Animation Festival Awards took place last Sunday in Manhattan. The long-running ceremony, which celebrates achievements in East Coast animation, is making an effort to gradually transform its annual ceremony into a more upscale affair.
The ceremony this year took place in the New School’s brand-new Tishman Auditorium, featured a professional comic host (Liz Miele), and introduced a new trophy called the Peggy, which is a twisty sculpture of a pegbar [see below]. Even so, the awards retained a casual artist-friendly vibe, especially in contrast to its overly serious Los Angeles counterpart, ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Awards.
The top prize, Best in Show, was awarded to Arthur Metcalf’s In the Beginning. Metcalf also won ASIFA-East’s Best in Show prize in 2008 for his debut film Fantaisie in Bubblewrap. The complete list of winners is below: