Yesterday the Platform International Animation Festival announced their competition selections for films and installations. Film selections for mobile devices, cell phones and Internet will be announced on April 23. A nice chunk of change is being offered to the winners.
The inagural edition of the Platform festival happens in Portland, Oregon from June 25-30. It’s been quite a few years since a world-class animation festival has taken place in the US and it’s exciting to see Platform coming together so well, largely thanks to the expert guidance of festival director Irene Kotlarz. Special mention must also be made of the festival’s sole sponsor, Cartoon Network. Considering that there is barely any government funding for the arts here in the States, and definitely nothing for an animation festival on the scale of Platform, it’s commendable that CN has stepped up to the plate and created this much-needed event for the animation community. Jerry and I will be among the attendees of Platform this year and we’re hoping it’ll be the first of many visits to the festival.