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aniBoom Announces 2008 Contest Winners
SAN FRANCISCO – February 16, 2009 – aniBoom (
), the premiere independent animation network, rounds up 2008 by showing winners of contests run by the company over the course of last year.
The aniBoom Awards
The yearly aniBoom awards invite independent animators to submit original works for judgment by jury and aniBoom community members. Over one thousand two hundred animations were submitted, with fifty videos winning $50,000 worth of prizes. From these, one Grand Winner won a $25,000 development deal, three jury vote winners, and three community vote winners all receive cash prizes, while the remaining top videos are given honorable mention, as well as a selection of animation Toon Boom software and CGsociety Books and Stash DVD magazines.
For 2008, the winner of the aniBoom awards (
), was Joaquin Baldwin for “Sebastian’s Voodoo”. Community vote winners (in order of placement) are: Mitch Wade for “Bang Bang You Are Bread”; Studio NX for “A Day in the Life”; and Takahiro Yamaguchi for “Rainbow Rider”. Jury vote winners (in order of placement) are: Tomer Eshed for “Our Wonderful Nature”; Mikael Lynen for “The Cold Rush”; and Robin Fuller for “The Ballad of Mary Slade”.
Exposure created by the aniBoom Awards can help promote the careers of creators from all winning levels. Joaquin Baldwin and aniBoom Creators Studio are now working together to explore production of an original animated series. Other Awards winners have advanced to create animations for large media outlets and business concerns.
aniBoom, in conjunction with TBD Records, held the Radiohead Music Video contest in March. The successful competition brought in such a high level of animated videos, it resulted in not one as originally planned, but four winners being chosen, each receiving $10,000 to complete their animated music video, which can be viewed at aniboom.com.The four winning entries are as follows: Kota Totori of Japan for “15 Step”; Wolfgang Jaiser and Claus Winter of Germany for “Videotape”; Tobias Stretch of the United States for “Weird Fishes / Arpeggi”; and Clement Picon of France for “Reckoner”, whose video was also selected as the official video for the hit Reckoner on the “In Rainbows” album.
All "In Rainbows Music Video Competition" entries can be seen at
) is the premier virtual animation studio that partners with untapped talent around the world to create, produce and distribute compelling high quality animation brands. By leveraging the web to identify the best global talent, aniBoom cultivates animated content intended for commercial applications in TV, Advertising, Digital Gaming, Web and Mobile Content industries worldwide.
At aniBoom.com, a vibrant community of world class animators and animation enthusiasts create, share, watch and rate an increasingly growing library of original independent cartoons and animations that crosses multiple genres and interests. To decrease potential risks for media distributors, this unique community - along with aniBoom’s network of web and mobile distribution partners – serves as a testing ground by supplying rankings, comments and viewership metrics which enable aniBoom to offer content with extreme validation and high audience approval ratings. With investors such as Draper Fisher Jurvetson, DFJ Tamir Fishman Ventures, and Evergreen Venture Partners, experienced entertainment and new media executives, and a global community of professional animators, aniBoom’s unique virtual studio model sets a new standard on how animated content is created, validated and commercialized. aniBoom is based in Israel with its U.S. headquarters in San Francisco.
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aniBoom PARTNERS WITH JOOST TO LAUNCH BRANDED ANIMATION CHANNEL FEATURING UNIQUE INDEPENDENT CARTOONS
Wide Variety of Original Animated Content to be Available on Joost
LOS ANGELES –October, 2007 –aniBoom (www.aniBoom.com), a premier multi-platform animation network that partners with untapped animation talent from around the world to create the best independent content for global distribution, is launching a branded ad-supported animation channel on Joost™ (www.joost.com), the world's first broadcast-quality Internet television service.
aniBoom will distribute a variety of animation genres, techniques and styles on Joost culled from more than 3,000 animators and 30,000 animations worldwide. The content will appear alongside a wide range of top-ranked animation programming currently available on Joost. aniBoom’s distributed content includes original high-quality animated shorts created by animators who have teamed up with the aniBoom Creators Studio to pitch and produce content for revenue share opportunities.
“We are thrilled to include Joost as a valued distribution partner as we build a global network for unique independent animation,” said Uri Shinar, founder and president of aniBoom. “Joost’s full-screen, broadcast-quality experience makes it the perfect platform to support our vibrant content and reach a wide untapped audience.”
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, executive vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Joost, said, “Animation is a popular genre among our user base because its humor and creativity appeal to people around the world. Joost offers a diverse array of programming from content owners large and small, and the world-class animation from aniBoom is a great addition to our offering.”
Joost users will have access to compelling animations and cartoons, such as “RAM” by Caroline Ting, a high-quality brief animation about a kid who becomes much too dependent on his laptop; “Celestina,” an artistic film by Ricardo Werdesheim; “Supermoine,” a humorous short by Sebastien Ho about a Matrix-esque Monk; “Tadeo Jones,” an adorable animated adventure reminiscent of the Indiana Jones franchise by Enrique Gato; and “Bendito Machine,” a highly stylistic drama and award-winning animation by Jossie Malis.
To watch aniBoom programming on Joost, please visit
Joost will also support aniBoom’s mission to identify the next wave of talent in animation, one of the most-consumed forms of content on the Internet, through its participation in the aniBoom awards panel.
aniBoom is a premier multi-platform animation network that partners with untapped animation talent from around the world to create the best independent animated content for global distribution. Driven by a passion for the art form, the company has established aniBoom.com (www.aniBoom.com) to bring together a vibrant community of world class animators and animation fans to create, watch and share animation.
In addition to original animation series produced with the aniBoom Creators Studio, the aniBoom community plays an active role in driving fresh content to the aniBoom.com library via Animachines, DIY animation tools. Throughout the year aniBoom also engages its community with a variety of creative contests offering prizes of up to $50,000 each.
With a slate of online distribution partners currently on board, the company has distribution agreements Yahoo! Video and YouTube and is forging partnerships with other leading distributors of wireless, gaming, television and theatrical to expose aniBoom content for a wide fan base to enjoy.
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