Israel-based virtual animation studio Aniboom is collaborating for the first time with Sesame Workshop to mount the fourth-annual Aniboom Animation Awards that recognize outstanding creativity among independent animators around the world.
The awards encourage animators of all levels to push the boundaries of innovation in the medium. Cash prizes totaling US$50,000 will be given to category winners, and the grand prize winning toon will air on Sesame Street‘s 41st season, which begins its run on US pubcaster PBS later this year. This marks the first time Sesame is participating in a worldwide competition for content in its 40-year history.
The awards will showcase preschool-targeted animated fare in five different categories, including school readiness skills, pro-social, a re-make of the Sesame Street classic short ‘Pinball Number Count,’ anything goes (The Sky is the Limit) and community favorite as determined by a voting tool on the Aniboom website. Each category will have one finalist (all but community favorite to be determined by Sesame Workshop), and a grand prize winner will be chosen among the finalists by a panel of celebrity judges.
This is the first year that Aniboom has focused its awards on children’s animation, having offered its base of more than 8,000 animators in 72 countries in years past with opportunities to make programming for FOX, music videos for Radiohead and animation for Marvel Comics.
Animators registered with the Aniboom Virtual Animation Studio will be able to submit their entries over an eight-week period from March 1st until April 26th. The top five category winners will be announced on May 10th, 2010 and the grand prize winner being unveiled on May 17th. For the full list of rules and Sesame Street animation guidelines for the competition, please visit www.aniboom.com.