Tour Finale - 2010 (plus Singapore shows announced)
Lee Hardcastle's "Rick's Battle Shock," (12" category )and Patrick Kulas/Brendan Wilcox's "Cobra's Prom Night Crush" (3"3/4 category), were the big winners at the 2010 GI JOE Stop-Motion Film Festival which just wrapped last night in Austin, TX. The Audience Award went to Gregory P. Grant's "Ode to G.I. Joe"
The films were judged back in June by a panel of animators, designers, photographers and set designers. The audience award was given by the Denver Colorado Audience.
The screening at the Alamo Drafthouse marked the end of 6 months of touring, presented by the Onion. This year, the 3rd edition of the festival, saw ticket sales increase 40% percent from its kick off in 2006.
The turnout for and excitement about this year's festival truly blew us away. We knew we were putting on an incredible festival, but to see the crowds and hear the applause night after night just helped drive it home that what we're doing really means something to the people of this community. It's both humbling and very exhilarating.
Contributing to this year's success was also the sold-out theater screening in New York City at 92Y Tribeca. That particular show gave us an awesome article on the New York Times.
"We're so proud of this year's festival. Now we're set to take a few deep breaths and jump right in getting plans started for Animation Nation in Singapore (Dec 1st to the 8th 2010). That's right. We were invited to the biggest animation festival of the East.