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Teletoon gives props, cash to new crop of animators

If you're wondering what the next generation of animators is up to, it might be worth checking out the 11 young Canadian animators singled out this year by Teletoon. The 24/7 animation net awarded its Teletoon Animation Scholarships on Tuesday, doling out a total of US$70,000 in prize money. Aven Fisher, from King's View Academy in Halifax, NS, took first place in the Entrance Category for his toon, Herbert, while Chang Dai from Toronto took the second spot for Ain't What It Used to Be.
October 11, 2007

If you’re wondering what the next generation of animators is up to, it might be worth checking out the 11 young Canadian animators singled out this year by Teletoon. The 24/7 animation net awarded its Teletoon Animation Scholarships on Tuesday, doling out a total of US$70,000 in prize money. Aven Fisher, from King’s View Academy in Halifax, NS, took first place in the Entrance Category for his toon, Herbert, while Chang Dai from Toronto took the second spot for Ain’t What It Used to Be.

In the Continuing Education Category, open to students currently studying animation at a post-secondary level, Nathan Boey’s experimental short Family Picture took first prize. The Life and Death of Wriggly Chew by Jacqueline Koehler garnered the second prize, and Babushki by James Higuchi from Sheridan College came in third.

Prizes were also awarded in the Most Promising Student category to Trevor Jimenez for Key Lime Pie, Andrew Ford for Stillwaters and Cruel Fauna by Brandon Scott. First prize recipients in each category were awarded US$10,000, while second place winners received US$7,000, with US$5,000 being granted to the third place finalists.

The winning films are currently available to view on The Detour on Teletoon site at teletoon.com. Go on, take a look. We know you want to.

About The Author
Gary Rusak is a freelance writer based in Toronto. He has covered the kids entertainment industry for the last decade with a special interest in licensing, retail and consumer products. You can reach him at garyrusak@gmail.com

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