2012 Australian Effects & Animation Festival Award Winners Announced

VFX Producer Meredith Meyer-Nichols at Weta with Feature Films Animation Award for The Adventrues of Tintin.

The AEAF Awards winners were announced at a gala screening in Sydney at Event Cinemas George St, on 24 July 2012.

The number and quality of entries in the Feature Film VFX category sparked a new Gold, Silver and Bronze system for winners, recognising MPC, Weta and Cinesite. Among the many Australian winners at the AEAF Awards Screening on 24 July were Brisbane’s Altvfx, Sixty40 and Digital Pulse in Sydney and Oh Yeah Wow from Melbourne.

The winners of the Australian Effects & Animation Festival have been selected in all 13 categories and announced at a very lively AEAF Awards event on 24 July at the Event Cinema in Sydney.

The winner in Commercials VFX, the Festival’s largest category this year, is Altvfx in Brisbane with Nocturnal Migration for Tooheys. Kia Share Some Soul from Method Studios in Los Angeles topped the Commercials Animation entries. Members of Method’s Sydney team were on hand to collect the Award.

The Feature Films – Visual Effects Gold award goes to MPC for Prometheus, Silver to Weta Digital for The Avengers, and Bronze to Cinesite for John Carter of Mars. Not only was the complexity, expertise and originality of all three entries excellent but the judges found the levels of attention to storytelling and contribution to the whole film were also very high.

Feature Films – Animation winner is The Adventures of Tintin from Weta Digital who generously supplied some great breakdown footage of their animation and effects work across the project.

The Titles & Openers Award went to Dvein in Spain for Eva – Film Main Titles, Digital Pulse won in Idents & Stings with their Foxtel idents and Framestore collected the Web/Viral award for Coca Cola Polar Bowl.

Taste Media, New Zealand received the Flash Animation award for their call for entries spot for Live & Love Film Festival 2011. The Game Cinematics award winners are Sydney’s Plastic Wax Animation with Civilzation 5 Gods and Kings and Oh Yeah Wow in Melbourne have picked up the Music Video award for Easy Way Out by Gotye. Winner of the Short Film category is Joyrider Films for The Gate by director, writer, VFX and concept artist and animator Matt Westrup.

The winning TV Series is the HBO production Game of Thrones from Pixomondo, who also supplied fascinating footage showing breakdowns of their Series 2 creatures and environments. The Education & Training winner is Sixty40 in Sydney for NBN Explained and the Student award was won by Christopher Potter for top animation work on Ernie the Echidna.

WINNERS

Feature Films VFX
Prometheus — MPC — Gold
The Avengers — Weta Digital – Silver
John Carter of Mars – Cinesite – Bronze

Feature Films – Animation
The Adventures of Tintin – Weta Digital

Commercials Animation
Kia – Share Some Soul – Method Studios

Commercials VFX
Nocturnal Migration – Altvfx

Education & Training
NBN Explained – sixty40

Flash Animation
Live and Love Film Festival 2011 -
Taste Media

Game Cinematics
Civilization 5 Gods and Kings – Plastic Wax Animation

Music Video
Easy Way Out – Gotye – Oh Yeah Wow

Short Film
The Gate - Joyrider Films

Student
Ernie the Echidna – Christopher Potter

Titles & Openers
Eva – Film Main Titles – Dvein

Idents & Stings
Foxtel idents – Digital Pulse

TV Series
Game of Thrones – Pixomondo

Web / Viral
Coca Cola Polar Bowl - Framestore

Full details of finalists and winners is online at
http://www.vfxfestival.com/AEAF-News/aeaf-winners-announced