2010 ASIFA-East Animation Festival Winners

Check out the complete list of winners from the 41st ASIFA-East Animation Festival. The top prize, Best in Show, was awarded to Backwards directed by Aaron Hughes.

Another winning film that is online is Stephen Neary’s Let’s Make Out which won second place for independent film:

I Am a Paleontologist (dir. Sean McBride) won second place for sponsored film:

First place for commercial was awarded to Jeremy Galante and David Cowles for this spot advertising the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra:

Second place for student film went to Jake Armstrong’s The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9 which can be seen on Cartoon Brew TV. Third place for student film went to David Sheahan’s Together! which can also be seen on BrewTV.

The festival’s signal film, directed by Elliot Cowan, is worth a view too:


  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    A great night it was too.
    My film “The Thing In The Distance” won an Excellence in Design award.
    You can see it here if you care to:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuV6BEZMRk8

  • RODAN

    why do these films all seem curiously alike?

    like this one from last years Phoenix Film Festival? What is it with characters running over the tops of buildings that seem to capture the mind of the animator?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meE8yIY_GuU

  • http://nobricks.blogspot.com Agnes

    “Backwards” does what most films can’t do forward.
    Next! Annecy!

  • http://fluidtoons.com Brett W. Thompson

    I had the immense pleasure of attending this for the first time and it was amazing!! The films were so great (particularly the student ones), and I met some new friends and saw some friends I hadn’t seen in a while (mostly since Annecy). Plympton came straight from his trip to Canada to be there, and I got to meet John Dilworth, Elliot Cowan, Howard Beckerman, Linda Simensky, and lots of others…

    After the screening there was a reception in a big room with food and wine, and after that we headed to a bar for more hanging out. It was great!! I was really thankful for the reception where I could go around and ask people for films (I’m looking for films to show in Atlanta).

    Huge congrats to the filmmakers and also ASIFA-East for putting together such a great event- I know it’s a lot of work!

  • http://www.cartoonimp.com Rob Peters

    Yes, I agree with Brett. The student films blew me away!!! This was my first time attending and didn’t know what to expect. Great job to everyone in the show and thanks ASIFA-East…it was a great night!
    And for anyone wondering….Beard of the show goes to Brett W. Thompson! Sorry Elliot.

  • http://www.thehybridunion.com Serguei

    I couldn’t go to the festival… Because I wasn’t notified that my film The Hybrid Union was selected for the program but it’s ok. The film won an award in Independent films category. Thanks to AFIFA-EAST Festival for giving an award. I’m honored and proud. It’s a pity I missed a chance to see the other films in the program.

  • http://ixintro.newgrounds.com Ixintro

    Wtf Jeremy Galante was my animation professor this semester! Good for him, great work :)

  • http://www.asifaeast.com ASIFA-East Blogger

    Thanks to all who voted for the winning films and who attended our festival!!! The full list of winning films can be found on our blog:

    http://asifaeast.com/ExposureSheet/2010/05/10/winners-announced-for-the-41st-asifa-east-animation-festival/

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ariville Ariel

    Wow Elliot.. you keep cranking out top-notch Flash animation(*with some after effects i presume)

    Your stories and designs are simple, but brought out beautifully with blurs, textures and proper layering.

    As always, I’m a fan.

  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    Thanks Ariel – nothing in Flash from me, though (well, a little on my reel but none of my short films or this signal film).

  • asifa

    There were some fantastic films shown and may deserving awards given out.

    However, if I have to watch Aesthetic Interspecies Maps ever again, it will be too soon.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ariville Ariel

    No Flash? All after effects??