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Official Selections for Cartoon Brew TV’s Student Animation Fest

The time has come to announce the selections for Cartoon Brew TV’s Student Animation Festival. When we put out the call for entries for our inaugural online festival, we didn’t really know what to expect. So we were thrilled to receive 122 student films from all corners of the globe including Brazil, Singapore, India, Australia, and all over Europe, the US and Canada. The quality of entries impressed us greatly, and it was no small challenge whittling down our choices to ten films. Thank you sincerely to each and every filmmaker who submitted work. Because of your enthusiasm, we are encouraged to continue building on this idea and turning CBTV’s Student Animation Festival into the premiere online showcase for young animation filmmakers.

Here are the ten films that will comprise the first-ever Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival. Screenings will begin on June 23:

Directed by Matthias Hoegg
Year of Production: 2009
School: Royal College of Art
Country: Great Britain

Directed by Krishna Chandran Nair, Manasi Parikh, Nupur Mukherjee, Chewang Lepcha
Year of Production: 2009
School: National Institute of Design
Country: India

Always Only Ever
Always, Only, Ever
Directed by: Barbara Benas
Year of Production: 2010
School: Columbus College of Art and Design
Country: USA

Pillow Peter
Pillow Peter
Directed by: Nigel Clark
Year of Production: 2010
School: School of Visual Arts
Country: USA

Slim Pickings Fat Chances
Slim Pickings Fat Chances
Directed by David de Rooij and Jelle Brunt
Year of Production: 2010
School: Willem de Kooning Academy
Country: The Netherlands

Fuzzy Insides
Fuzzy Insides
Directed by Michaela Olsen
Year of Production: 2009
School: Rhode Island School of Design
Country: USA

Tiny Hats
Tiny Hats
Directed by Penelope Gazin
Year of Production: 2010
School: California Institute of the Arts
Country: USA

Artichoke Hearts
Artichoke Hearts
Directed by: Kazimir Iskander
Year of Production: 2010
School:Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Country: USA

Death Buy Lemonade
Death Buy Lemonade
Directed by Kyu-bum Lee
Year of Production: 2010
School: Sheridan College
Country: Canada

The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar
The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar
Directed by Bahij Jaroudi
Year of Production: 2009
School: Kingston University
Country: Great Britain

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  • Chris Sokalofsky

    Am I right in my analysis that there are no cg entries in this list?

    I can’t draw any conclusions because I didn’t see the entire list of entries, but either the selection on cg films was poor, or the preference for 2d work on the brew has reared it’s head.

  • Taphead

    Holy wow this stuff looks like it’s gonna be amazing. Looking forward to seeing these works!

  • Mark Mayerson

    Congratulations to all the winners, but especially to Kyu-bum Lee of Sheridan. His film was definitely one of the stand-outs this year.

  • Mitch Leeuwe

    Cool idea. Congratulations to all the winners. Especially for David de Rooij!

  • Aaron Long

    It’s probably harder to make a good 3D film than a good 2D one, simply because it involves rigging the models, actually making the sets, lighting etc instead of just drawing the characters and backgrounds. I think there’s more work involved in making a good 3D short.
    That might be why the selected films seem to all be 2D.

    Also, most of the animation students I know tend to prefer working in 2D, so it’s not surprising to me that there would be more 2D submissions.

    I’m happy with the selections, because I’m not really interested in 3D anyway. I just regret not being able to finish my own film in time to submit it, but I doubt it would’ve been selected anyway.

  • The Brewmasters

    Chris: In general, there weren’t as many CG entries as we expected. A couple CGI films did make our list of contenders, but they were eliminated during the final selection process. The technique used wasn’t a consideration for how we selected films. Our selection criteria was more rooted in what the filmmaker was saying and how proficient they were in using the animation medium to say it. And, as with ANY festival, the subjective criteria of how much the selection committee (in this case, Jerry and Amid) enjoyed the film.

  • http://deleted OtherDan

    If I had to pick a winner on based on those shots alone. The one from India looks most interesting. I’m sure Handle is on the floor because I wasn’t biased.

  • Emily

    Congrats to all the winners!

  • Aaron H. Bynum

    Lookin’ pretty cool so far. Congrats to the final selections and their creators.

  • Sara

    Congratulations, winners! Especially Kaz! It’s nice to see MCAD represented.

  • spookymeggie

    Death Buy Lemonade is a fantastic little short — And if that’s the level of quality we can expect, I’m excited to see all the others!

  • Riza Gilderstern

    Wooo MCAD Represent!

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  • Mike Rauch

    These all look really beautifully done. Can’t wait to see them!

  • Ariel

    Great pics! Can’t wait to see these.

    Not to stereotype, but it’s kinda funny how the N. America shorts “looK” american and the european ones look european.

    *ie- The american ones look “cartoony” and the british and Indian ones’ look more artsy. Just an observation.

  • Jerry Chan

    Slightly depressed that mine wasn’t selected but OH WELL :[

    But these ones must all be pretty darned awesome! Congrats to all the winners!

  • carolina

    congratulations to kaz and every one else! cartoon brew is lucky to have you. may the world love your films as much as the people who love you.

  • Caresse

    Oh these all look amazing! Especially “Pdingpdoong” and I’m not just saying that because I have Indian ancestry!

    As for all the CG talk, I submitted one that was half CG (half Live Action – I know, I know, go ahead and roll your eyes, but I promise it was solid and planned not just a last minute cop out.)

    CG’s still gaining momentum is all, so never fear all you CG artists out there, just keep trying and one day I’m sure we’ll eventually be able to impress even the most traditional person! Consider how many years – nay centuries – it was before the human race made the leap from drawing to animating. Similarly, CG needs to be patient and ride the natural life cycle.

    Also, I don’t know how many Computer Art people in my school even follow Cartoon Brew and things that seem generally geared towards 2D animation. That among many other reasons is why we need more interaction between the departments.

  • Kartika

    Congrats to all the winners!!!
    Shout out to Barbara Benas from CCAD! Her film is stunning!