2008 WRAP UP
The 2008 GI JOE Stop-Motion Film Festival has moseyed off into a cinematic sunset, leaving behind more than 108 films and another sold out night at the Bug Theatre. The second annual festival's audience was up only slightly from last year's GI JOE FEST, said Executive Director Jena Legrand. But a large number of exceptional films made it an overall success.
"With everything looking down in the ... economy, we're really, really happy attendance was so strong," said Legrand. "We definitely had more people coming for the duration including a growing number of filmmakers."
Two films really raised the bar this year:
Best Stop-Motion Film using 12" Action Figures:
Bloody Revenge II - UK
(see it here) by Tom Walker, Lyndon Ogbourne and Jon Harvey
Tom Walker and his UK Partners will take home:
- 1 Custom Glass Award Plaque,
- 2 Certificates of Achievement,
- 1 GI Joe International Collectors Club Jeep (2000)
- 1 GI joe Masterpiece Edition Action Soldier
- 1 Cotswold Gift Certificate ($50)
Best Stop-Motion Film using 3 3/4" Action Figures:
Lyle Whitsett will take home:
- 01 Custom Glass Award Plaque
- 1 $50 dollars gift certificate from Darryl's Collectibles
- 3 Rare Action Soldiers (1994) 3 3/4
- 1 case of "Valor x Venon" Figures (about 10 figures)
- 2 The 25th Anniversary Box Sets (Cobra and GI JOE)
- 2 First DVD Battles (25th Anniversary).
Honorable Mentions and winning filmmakers in the Achievement Categories will receive a Commemorative Certificate.
GI JOE FEST TOUR 2009
GI JOE FEST's national tour has become a very important part of the festival and started this year. The tour takes the main competitive programmes and some Special sessions to many regional and metropolitan areas, which rarely have an opportunity to view this collection of the best of animated short films. The difference between GI JOE FEST and other film festivals is that GI JOE FEST is acknowledged as a quality arts event. Each year we screen Award nominated films plus many other internationally award-winning films.
As the festival director for the past 2 years it has been my great pleasure to see the festival embraced so enthusiastically by audiences around the United States and even Canada. After our Denver festival we will tour our award winning short film programmes to several venues around the US in 2009, including Los Angeles and Seattle for the second time, bringing audiences all across the continent an inspiring look at the world of stop-motion animation and of course, along with GI JOE.
Thank you for all the support,