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.
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
Kia – Share Some Soul – Method Studios
Nocturnal Migration – Altvfx
Education & Training
NBN Explained – sixty40
Live and Love Film Festival 2011 –
Civilization 5 Gods and Kings – Plastic Wax Animation
Easy Way Out – Gotye – Oh Yeah Wow
The Gate – Joyrider Films
Ernie the Echidna – Christopher Potter
Titles & Openers
Eva – Film Main Titles – Dvein
Idents & Stings
Foxtel idents – Digital Pulse
Game of Thrones – Pixomondo
Web / Viral
Coca Cola Polar Bowl – Framestore
Full details of finalists and winners is online at