After studying digital art and animation for a number of years, many students on the cusp of graduation often wonder whether they are truly ready to begin their careers. Do they have the necessary skills, talent, and confidence? If the submissions by students at recent animation festivals are any indication, they are indeed ready to make their mark. At one such event, E-magiciens, the European gathering of young digital creators, the talent was abundant, as budding animators competed for prizes, participated in roundtable discussions and debates, attended conferences, and viewed multimedia and video projects by their peers.
Of particular interest was the two-minute chained animation event, whereby 13 teams of three students created a snippet of animation adhering to the theme The Englishmen’s Promenade. The artists then had a limited time to complete their segments on-site at E-magiciens. The animations were composited together and shown to audiences during the last evening of the event.
Another popular event was the Webjam, a “live performance” whereby teams of three students used Flash to produce a graphic work (on site at the show) based on a given theme.
The highlight of the non-commercial exhibition, held in
, and organized by the local Chamber of Commerce, were the film debuts. The juried selection of 200 short films—totaling more than 17 hours of animation—ran throughout the festival. The event culminated in the E-magiciens Awards honoring submissions (shorts and others, including those from the chained animation and Webjam). A selection of still images from the film festival is shown on these pages. For a complete list of the winners, see
. —Karen Moltenbrey
Making Of By Remi Chapotot, Damien Tournaire, and
Aurore Valery of Supinfocom. Recipient of the Qualia & Co., Ltd. Award.
Bloodfl owers By Timothée Lemoine of EMCA Angoulème.
Recipient of the SCAM Award and the Mikros Image Award.
Biwa Biwa By Marc-Antoine Deleplanque, Antoine Kinget, and Marc Gutmann of Supinfocom.
Ah By Simon Moreau, Bastien Dubois, and Joris Bacquet from Supinfocom.
Goodbye Canine By Simon Lallement, Gregory
Fatien, and David Vandenbroecke from Supinfocom.
Frigo By Gasztowit Alexandra, Hocquet Tristan, and
Michaud Claire from Supinfocom Arles.