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International film competition for visual effects

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Selected as Best Motion Design: "Dust My Shoulders Off" video produced for Jane Zhang by Grass Jelly Studio

animago Award & Conference 2017

(September 12, 2017) Munich hosted the annual animago Award & Conference for the second year running on September 7-8. In the film industry, this is the event for everyone who works with 3D animation and stills, visual effects (VFX), design and visualization

Launched 20 years ago in Potsdam-Babelsberg, the animago award moved its regular venue to Munich in 2016. Prizes for special effects and computer graphics are presented in eleven categories. More than 1,000 candidates from 58 countries submitted entries for this year's awards. A panel of independent experts gave nominations to 33 of these entries, with eleven ultimately being singled out as the winners.

“This internationally renowned competition, the awards ceremony and the accompanying conference can give fresh stimulus to the film, broadcasting and media industry and to a wider public audience,” noted Jürgen Enninger, head of the City of Munich's Cultural and Creative Industries Team. “The technologies, the new forms of expression and the contributions selected bear powerful testimony to the immense personal dedication, the high motivation and the creativity of the media professionals and the quality of the projects.”

Franz Josef Pschierer, State Secretary at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology added: "Today we see animation and VFX less as a feature of post-production and more as a driver of technology and innovation. It's also an enabler of storytelling. Munich is a leading film location and thus has an obligation to be a part of this exciting development."

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Selected as Best Advertising Production: “Canal Kitchen” by Unit Image/France.

animago award winners in 2017

A rabbit called Poilus in the short film of the same name from French digital wizards Isart won this year's Best Character award. The prize for the Best Game Cinematic likewise went to France – to the game developers at Ubisoft Montpellier – for “Beyond Good & Evil 2 Cinematic Trailer”. The Best Motion Design award was presented to Taiwan's Grass Jelly Studio for singer Jane Zhang's music video “Dust My Shoulders Off”. Other computer graphics artists who won awards in 2017 were Unit Image/France (Best Advertising Production: “Canal Kitchen”), Rodeo FX/Canada (Best Visual Effects: “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”), Matte CG, Uson Studio and Apus Estudios/Ecuador, Peru and Spain (Best Short Film: “Afterwork”), Glassworks/UK (Best Visualization, for Huawei Watch), Valentinstudio/France (Best Architecture Visualization) and Marek Denko/Czech Republic (Best Still: “Her Eventual Hesitation”). The Jury's Prize was presented to Beth David and Esteban Bravo, students at Ringling College of Art and Design/USA.

The Best Young Production in 2017 was the short film “Less Than Human” by Denmark's Steffen Bang Lindholm. Endowed with prize money of EUR 3,000, this award is presented by event organizer Digital Production. The next animago Awards & Conference will take place on October 25/26, 2018.