Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Annecy/Youtube Competition Open

Annecy International Animation Festival and Youtube have announced they are launching the second edition of their online competition which is open to all. I am a little late hearing the news, but the competition is open for entries on Annecy's Youtube channel until May. It is a good opportunity for animators to get their films seen by a huge audience, and will hopefully act as motivation for some of us to get together and collaborate. Read the press release after the jump.

“Steeped in tradition, the Festival has always accompanied, or even anticipated, new trends in creation and broadcasting. Encouraging creation on the Web with this competition is consistent with our original mission to bring together talents beyond all borders” said Tiziana Loschi, CITIA Managing Director.

“Building on the success of the first Annecy/YouTube competition, we wanted to once again offer animation creators a place of expression to unleash their talent and creativity” said Anthony Zameczkowski, Director of partnerships YouTube France. “We are convinced that animation needs to be supported and encouraged on the Internet and this competition is a unique opportunity for artists to show off their work to the general public as well as professionals.”

Participants should submit an animated short film on video of a running time of no longer than five minutes, taking into account the specific theme: “Animation, land of freedom”. This original creation must make a reference to and contain the key words “International Animation Film Festival” and “Annecy 2011”.

The short film is to be put online on the YouTube channel of the Annecy Festival from 7th February to midnight 1st May 2011 to the following address:

The winner will receive prizes including a Cristal trophy, a diploma and a week at the Annecy Festival from 6th to 11th June 2011 where the flm will be screened.

Event partner, Autodesk, leading publisher of design, engineering and entertainment software, will also be offering licences to 3 prizewinning shorts.
Annecy 2011 is particularly focusing its programme on the USA and a reference to this country can also be included in the film.

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