2018 ANNY Best of Fest was our Best Fest Yet!

Our third annual ANNY Best of Fest was our best fest yet!

On Oct 6-7, 2018 we hosted two days of Animation Screenings, Fine Art Exhibits, an XR showcase, VR Workshop Presentations, Professional Panels and Industry Events at the beautiful 180 Maiden Lane in the Seaport District of NYC.

2018 Festival Highlight Reel

2018 Mobile Festival Site and Schedule

Animation Nights New York presents the third annual ANNY Best of Fest. (Artwork by @gypsywidget)

Animation Screenings

We featured a short film from Cartoons on Film presented by Tommy Stathes followed by our 2018 ANNY Best of Fest Program.

2018 ANNY Best of Fest Animation Screening (photo credit: Geoffrey Nurse #GN_Studios)

2018 ANNY Best of Fest Animation Screening (photo credit: ANNY Team)

Our 2018 ANNY Cannes program played as part of a video installation for the Art in Motion III Exhibition.

2018 ANNY Cannes Program as part of the Art in Motion III Exhibition for the third annual ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: Geoffrey Nurse #GN_Studios)

We screened Goose in High Heels by director John Dilworth followed by a presentation of The Animation Showcase Oscar predictive screening curated by Benoit Berthe Siward on Saturday night.

The Animation Showcase at the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

Benoit Siward and the Hybrids Team presenting The Animation Showcase at the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

Hybrids, screened in both The Animation Showcase and the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest program and the team was on site with us!

Here is John R. Dilworth’s special intro!

XR Showcase

2018 ANNY Best of Fest XR Showcase (photo credit: Geoffrey Nurse #GN_Studios)

This year we presented 15 In Competition (360 & Room Scale) VR projects in addition to 15 invitational VR and AR projects as part of our XR Showcase. Studios featured included Baobab Studios, The Glimpse Group, Within, Polyarc, NFB, GO! PicturesLooking Glass Factory, Tvori, High Fidelity and David Lobser. Kaleida Studio presented an AR Showcase as part of the Anderson Contemporary Art in Motion III Fine Art Exhibit.

2018 ANNY Best of Fest XR Showcase (photo credit: ANNY Team)

2018 ANNY Best of Fest XR Showcase (photo credit: Alecz Girardeau)

VR Workshop Presentations

VR Workshop Presentations at the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

We also hosted VR Workshop presentations co-curated by Highway 101 including presentations by High Fidelity, Christopher Valore, Ambocc, Moment, Art 404, Tvori, Stellar X, Gordey Chernyy, and Maria Mishurenko.

VR Workshop Presentations at the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

2018 ANNY Best of Fest Prize Winners

Each year,  our Industry Jurors select their favorite 20 short animated films from our Animation Nights New York In Competition films screened during our curated monthly screening events. This year our prestigious panel of jurors included Paul Young (Cartoon Saloon), Jimbo Matison (Independent Animation Director), Joanna Quinn (Beryl Studios), Kajsa Næss (Mikrofilm), Ralph Eggleston (Pixar), Maija Burnett (Cal Arts), Jonathan Marlow (Arbelos, CFI Releasing) and Elizabeth Ito (Independent Animator).

Our twenty 2018 ANNY Best of Fest Filmmakers received an Industry Badge to the conference, a digital copy of the ItsOnCraft How We Crafted” Art Magazine, a one year subscription to Stash Media, three free months of Midas Creature from Deep Motion, a one year subscription to Gravity Sketch Pro, a one year subscription to Animatic Pro from Inkboard, a one year subscription to Sketchfab Pro, and a one year subscription to Toon Boom.

2018 ANNY Best of Fest Winners (Film)

Catherine. Britt Raes. Belgium, 11:51.
DEAD RECKONING. Paul Wenninger, Susan Young. Austria, 02:47.
Elsewhere. Junyi Xiao. United States, 06:11.
Frankfurter Str 99a. Evgenia Gostrer. Germany, 03:00.
Ghostory. Alžběta Göbelová. Czech Republic, 09:44.
HYBRIDS. Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion. France, 06:22.
If You Fall. Tisha Deb Pillai. Canada, 06:04.
Invisible. Paola Tejera Manchón. Spain, 06:25.
La Caverna. Hello Savants. Netherlands, 02:02.
Li.Le. Natia Nikolashvili. Georgia, 09:38.
Negative Space. Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter. France, 05:30.
Noon. Tzu Hsin Yang. Taiwan, 03:50.
Oh Willy. Emma de Swaef, Marc James Roels. Belgium, 16:42.
Private Parts. Anna Ginsburg. UK, 03:35.
SPOON. Yikun Wang. Japan, 03:57.
The Ape Man. Pieter Vandenabeele. Belgium, 11:30.
The Bigger Picture. Daisy Jacobs. UK, 07:25.
Three Fitted Flies. María Álvarez, Elisa Morais. Spain, 07:47.
TIS. Chloë Lesueur. France, 09:00.
Tough. Jennifer Zheng. UK, 04:49.

Jay Francis (Disney Television Animation) selected our 2018 Grand Prize Winner.

2018 ANNY Best of Fest Grand Prize Winner

Catherine” by Britt Raes

2018 Animation for Adults Award

Catherine” by Britt Raes

Britt Raes. Belgium, 11:51. 2018 ANNY Best of Fest Grand Prize Winner & Animation for Adults Award Winner

Our 2018 ANNY Best of Fest Grand Prize Winner received a Bamboo from Wacom and will participate in a scheduled video conference with Jay Francis (Disney Television Animation), our Grand Prize Judge.

Trailer for “Catherine”

Catherine – trailer from Creative Conspiracy (CC) on Vimeo.

Here is a special message from Britt Raes, director of “Catherine”!

D. J. Smith (The Glimpse Group) has selected our 2018 ANNY Best of Fest VR Grand Prize Winners (Room Scale & 360).

2018 ANNY Best of Fest VR Grand Prize Winner (360) Artificial World” by Bas Jansen

by Bas Jansen. Netherlands, 4:00. 2018 ANNY Best of Fest VR Grand Prize Winner (360)

Trailer for “Artificial World”

Trailer Artificial World from Bas Jansen on Vimeo.

2018 ANNY Best of Fest VR Grand Prize Winner (Room Scale) Manifest 99” by Adam Volker, Flight Studio School

by Adam Volker. United States, 20:00. by Bas Jansen. Netherlands, 4:00. 2018 ANNY Best of Fest VR Grand Prize Winner (Room Scale)

Trailer for “Manifest 99” (Available on multiple platforms.)

Our two 2018 ANNY Best of Fest VR Grand Prize Winners (Room scale & 360) received an Industry Badge to the conference, a one year subscription to Gravity Sketch Pro, a one year subscription to Animatic Pro from Inkboard, a one year subscription to Sketchfab Pro, a one year subscription to Midas Creature from Deep Motion and admittance into the DeepMotion Neuron AI Simulation Tool.

Fine Art Exhibits

Art in Motion II Opening Reception at Anderson Contemporary for the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: Geoffrey Nurse #GN_Studios)

Art in Motion II Opening Reception at Anderson Contemporary for the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: Geoffrey Nurse #GN_Studios)

Anderson Contemporary curated Art in Motion III for our third annual ANNY Best of Fest. The group exhibit showcased photography, mixed media,
digital paintings, video, and
 interactive art.

Art in Motion II Opening Reception at Anderson Contemporary for the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: Geoffrey Nurse #GN_Studios)

Artists featured included Julie GratzBoogieREZValerie Carmet, Vadim ProkhorovMilo HessXolo Cantillo, Arturo BrenaM. Henry Jones, Roberta BennettGary KaledaIan Sullivan, Steve Joester, and Luciana Pampalone

Art in Motion II Opening Reception at Anderson Contemporary for the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: Geoffrey Nurse #GN_Studios)

Art in Motion II Opening Reception at Anderson Contemporary for the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

Professional Panels

Importance of Story Panel at the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

This year we had a wonderful list of informative panels focused on Animation & Business, Animation & Technology, The Future of Animation, Animation Presentations, Animation Techniques, and Upcoming Shows, and Animation & Documentary.

 

Animation & Documentary Panel at the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest

Our list of topics included Contracts for Artists, Budgeting, Pitching, & Negotiating with Clients, Animation & Documentary, Paving the Way for Animation in VR, Trump + Music | Bill Plympton Presentation, Distributing Animation in the Digital Age, Can Contempt be Animated? | Ken Kimmelman (Followed by a Q&A with Ken Kimmelman and Tommy Stathes (Cartoons on Film), Titmouse-Ballmastrz 9009 Super Panel, Puppetry & Animation in Traditional & Emerging Platforms, IGDA NYC (Animation Pipeline for Film, Games, & VR), NYC Media Lab | The Future of Animation: AI-Generated Characters, Evolving Animation Techniques (Procedural, Mocap, and More), De-Colonising ARt-ificial Spaces (Amir Baradaran), Blockchain, Asset Management, & Virtual Worlds, The Importance of Story (John Benton), and Cartuna & Facebook present: Human Kind Of and Liverspots and Astronots.

Bill Plympton at the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: Pascal Nocquet)

Distributing Animation in the Digital Age Panel at the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

Industry Events

ANNY Exchange Networking Musical Chairs Events at the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

This year we hosted Networking Musical Chairs Events as part of ANNY Exchange. Animators had an opportunity to talk one-on-one with Industry. We also hosted Industry Round Table Discussions.

ANNY Exchange Networking Musical Chairs Events at the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

 

It was a great couple of days. Thank you to our incredible ANNY Team.

 

2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers.

2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

Thank you to our incredible panelists, presenters, filmmakers, collaborators and artists. Thank you to our Sponsors. Thank you to Anderson Contemporary and 180 Maiden Lane. Thank you to our regulars.

The Animation Showcase at the 2018 ANNY Best of Fest (photo credit: ANNY Team)

A special thank you to our Filmmakers. Keep making your beautiful work. (ANNY loves you.)

2018 ANNY Best of Fest! (photo credit: Alex Linzey)

We hope to see you all again, next year!

Until then, please join us for our monthly screening events and a new Season of In Competition films. Admission is FREE. Please RSVP.

Keep supporting Independent Animation!

 

 


About Animation Nights New York

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Animation Nights New York

Animation Nights New York is a curated monthly screening event of our In Competition films. We show animated short films and virtual reality animation experiences from all around the world.

ANNY Best of Fest

ANNY Best of Fest is our annual two day competitive festival/animation conference featuring Animation Screenings, Fine Art Exhibitions, Virtual Reality Workshop Presentations, an XR Showcase, Professional Panels, and Industry Events.

ANNY Exchange

ANNY Exchange is a secondary initiative of Animation Nights New York connecting creative talent to (AR/VR/Traditional) projects. We setup and host both in-person and online meetings. ANNY Exchange is invite only. Sign up here for more information.

ANNY Cannes Program

The ANNY Cannes Program is offered as an additional opportunity for our animation directors. This year we invited 35 filmmakers from around the world to join us at the Cannes Film Festival. Participants in the ANNY Cannes program benefited from our unique partnership with the festival, which allowed us to hand select 20 animated short films for exhibition as part of the ANNY Cannes Program.


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