'Oktapodi' named best of show at Siggraph

Animated short created by team at Gobelins

"Oktapodi"-- created by a team from Gobelins, l'ecole de l'image, in France -- was named best of show Thursday at CG confab Siggraph's Computer Animation Festival.

The animated short also won the audience prize. It tells the story of two octopi and their comical escape from the grasps of a stubborn and determined restaurant cook.

The jury award went to "Mauvais Role," created by a team from Ecole Superieure de Realisation Audiovisuelle in France. This is a tale about a monster-- constantly cast in games -- that finds a new job.

A team from Supinfocom in France received the award for best student piece on the strength of "893," a tale of honor, tradition and imagination.

"Our Wonderful Nature" earned the prize for best well told fable. Tomer Eshed, HFF Potsdam, Germany, created the documentary, which uses time stretching, film camera work, and creative sound design to tell the story of water shrews in the wild.

Winners were chosen from hundreds of submissions from around the globe, presented by both professional studios and students.

Since 1999, the Siggraph Computer Animation Festival has been an official qualifying festival for the best animated short film Academy Award.

This year, the Computer Animation Festival was open to the pubic for the first time and expanded into a film festival that incorporated screenings, production studio nights and discussion panels.
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