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The 'Oscars' of Flash Honor Web's Best Animators at Fifth International Flash Film Festival

(July 13, 2001)
The best animation on the Web was honored last night at the "Oscars" of Flash-the gala Flash Film Festival at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. Thirteen winners from the U.S. and around the world received the coveted "arrow" award for their groundbreaking work in categories ranging from art and cartoon to 3D and ecommerce. The festival is a highlight of the Flashforward2001 conference and expo, the world's premier conference showcasing Macromedia Flash and other products that write the Macromedia SWF file format.

The award-winners represent the next generation of technical artistry in Web animation, with leading-edge designs that preface the creative potential of Flash. These range from the exceptional interface usability featured on Relevare to the unique interactivity of The Center of the World to the highly complex 3D modeling of Manhattan Timeformations.

The work of all 60 finalists -- selected from over sixteen hundred nominations-was screened for the two thousand attendees at tonight's event and is viewable on In addition to the category winners, the People's Choice Award, chosen by public online voting, was announced. Finalists and winners were selected by two panels of judges from the Flash community. The Flash(TM) Film Festival was hosted by and United Digital Artists, two of the nation's leading Web design education companies.

The 13 award winners are as follows:

ART: Presstube; by James Paterson; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada;

CARTOON: Artbarn: War of the Worlds; by Artbarn and RKO Pictures;

Portland, Maine;

ECOMMERCE: Flashcan; by Zinc Roe Designs; Toronto, Ontario, Canada;

EXPERIMENTAL: The Center of the World; by Hi-res!; London, England;

GAMES: Spider; by Titoonic; Copenhagen, Denmark;

MOTION GRAPHICS: WM Team; by WM Team; Hanover, Germany;

NAVIGATION: Relevare; by Relevare; London, England;

ORIGINAL SOUND: Hungry for Design: Flatness Among Others; by Hungry for

Design; Atlanta, Georgia;

STORY: BrainPOP; by BrainPOP; New York, NY;

TECHNICAL MERIT: Final Four: Brackets; by ioResearch; San Francisco,


3D: Manhattan Timeformations; by The Skyscraper Museum; New York, NY;

TYPOGRAPHY: Mindsway; by EPS Studios; Dallas, Texas;

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: miniGolf; by Electrotank; Raleigh, North Carolina;

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