Friday, April 26, 2013

"Kleeman and Mike in Backyard Jam" wins Best Animated Short at Florida Film Festival!

Great news: "Backyard Jam" won Best Animated Short at the Florida Film Festival this year! Now that the short has won a festival, it was necessary for the filmmakers to take it down from the Vimeo and YouTube page in order to submit to more festivals. You can check out a new trailer for the short here:

Press Release:

Full Sail Course Director Credited on Florida Film Festival Winner

On Saturday April 13, 2013, in Winter Park, Fla., Randall Christopher's independent animated short "Kleeman and Mike in Backyard Jam" won the Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short in the Florida Film Festival. Full Sail University Course Director Hugo Giraud is among the animators who helped make the short come to life.

In addition to being a full-time instructor at Full Sail, Hugo is an animation industry veteran whose work has appeared in productions by Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, MTV Animation, and Cartoon Network. "Kleeman and Mike in Backyard Jam" is the third film Hugo has worked on that has made it to the Florida Film Festival and the first winner. He previously represented the first "Kleeman and Mike: Animated Short" film and supported the Walt Disney Feature Animation documentary "Dream On Silly Dreamer" at the festival in 2005.

About Hugo Giraud:
Hugo Giraud is a Central Florida-based illustrator, animator, fine artist and instructor. He is currently the Course Director for the on-campus Design and Art Theory class in the Digital Arts and Design and Graphic Design programs at Full Sail University. Hugo attended the famed Barbara Bassett Art Workshop in Winter Park and the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. He is a 15-year animation industry veteran with former clients including Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, MTV Animation, and Cartoon Network. His fine art has been exhibited throughout Orlando at OMA, Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Full Sail University, √úberbot, The Peacock Room, Substance, Thee Grotto, and craft beer bar Redlight Redlight.
Twitter: @HugoGiraud
About the Florida Film Festival:
The Florida Film Festival is the premier showcase in Central Florida for American independent and international film. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the Festival debuted in 1992 and is a core program of ENZIAN, a nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1985. ENZIAN and the Florida Film Festival have served more than 1.5 million guests and hosted hundreds of notable celebrities including Paul Newman, Christopher Walken, Oliver Stone, Glenn Close, John Waters, Emma Stone, Campbell Scott, James Caan, Ed Burns, Jason Lee, Gena Rowlands, William H. Macy, Jon Voight, Barry Levinson, and Edward James Olmos. The Festival is funded in part by national and local businesses including Primary Sponsor Full Sail University and receives support from United Arts of Central Florida and the State of Florida, Department of the State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, this project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.

About Full Sail University:
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by

Full Sail offers Master, Bachelor, and Associate campus and online degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.