Just a shorty this time, but I was poking about online for news from Smogdance, and the only place I could find the winners was on another blog. Weird.
But, to my delight, I discovered that “Vanished Acres” not only won an audience award in the Open/Experimental category, but also won the Best Student Open/Experimental award.
My other favorite of the night, “Deleted Scenes” also got an honorary mention for Best Nonstudent Open/Experimental, which is somewhat odd as I remember that being in the comedy section. Oh well. But “Deleted Scenes” lost out on the audience award, which instead went to “20Q,” the Christopher Guest-ish mockumentary. Can’t win them all, but ”Deleted Scenes” definitely had my vote.
“Simulacra” won the audience award for Best Animated Short, as well as an honorable mention for Student Animation. While I didn’t go for it, the animation was stunning, so no hard feelings here.