I am a bit late posting this but the final winners of the University of Western Australias massive machinima competition ended a few weeks ago. It was a great event which had famous director Peter Greenaway give a really interesting talk on the state of cinema. If you would like to read what he said you can find it here.
The Grand Prize was given out through a system whereby points were collected based on rankings given by a large group of peers. It turned out to be a tie and the winners were...
JOURNEY INTO THE METAVERSE by Tutsy Navarathna of France (who lives in India) and JURONEY by Eric Boccara of the Netherlands.
I was very happy and excited for Mr Greenaway to give me his prize and some kind words.
The third prize went to UNPLUGGED by Al Peretz of Miami Florida.
Special prizes to
THE EGG by Animatechnica Umbarundu
BAKERMAN’S JOURNEY by Arrow Inglewood
BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE AND OF SORROW by Laslopantomik Yao
KAPHD by Hypatia Pickens
ESCAPE by Veruca Vandyke
WARRIORS OF ALIVENESS by Cecil Hirvi
Honourable Mention Prize
REQUIEM by Kobuk Farshore
THE JOURNEY by Soda Lemondrop
Viewer Participation Prize
Open This End Awards of Excellence in Film
BRYN OH (Toronto, Canada) - Rusted Gears
HYPATIA PICKENS (Rochester, New York, USA) - KAPHD
CECIL HIRVI (Citizen of the Universe) - Warriors of Aliveness
ARROW INGLEWOOD (Toronto, Canada) - Bakerman's Journey
ED VESPUCCIANO (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) - The Marine Corps Does Not Want Robots
Open This End Awards of Excellence in Directing
AL PERETZ [ALFONSO KOHN] (Miami, Florida) - Unplugged
ANIMATECHNICA UMBARUNDU (Northern California, USA) - The Egg
ERIC BOCCARA (Velp, Netherlands) - Juroney
PIA KLAAR (Brewster, Massachusetts, USA) - The Red Shoes
TUTSY NAVARATHNA (Frenchman in Pondicherry, India) - Journey into the Metaverse
Open This End Emerging Artist Awards of Excellence
ANDY GRAYCLOUD (Moscow, Russia) - I Want to Go Fast
ANRI EMERALD (Riga, Latvia) - The journey of life and death
FUSCHIA NIGHTFIRE (Dorset, UK) - Take the Road Less Travelled
KOBUK FARSHORE (Alaska, USA) - Requiem & Home
LASLOPANTOMIK YAO (Barcelona, Spain) - Beginning of Knowledge and of Sorrow
MIMESIS MONDAY (Oslo, Norway) - Yourney
NICOLEX MOONWALL (New Orleans, USA) - Journey Into
OONA EIREN (London, UK) - Onward & Upward
SILENE CHRISTEN (The Balears Islands, Spain) - Lost Souls' Island
TAUBCHEN SONNENKERN & MERIT COBA (both of Alkmaar, Netherlands) - Object
Special thanks to JayJay Zinfanwe for his and the UWA's outstanding support of Second Life arts.