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“Drifting” takes Festival 1st Prize and Best Animation at Elgin

Nice little Courier writeup about the Elgin Film Fest, where “Drifting” took 1st prize!

Note to future self: Come up with something to say just in case you have to speak in front of people so you don’t sound like a doofus…

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Emmy nomination for Beyond the Loop opening sequence

The opening sequence for Choose Chicago’s “Beyond the Loop,” designed and animated by Joel Benjamin, has been nominated

The nomination is in Category #23 Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air Graphics Arts/Animation/Art Direction/Set Design

Joel Benjamin, Demian Krentz, Brian Schodorf
“Beyond the Loop”
Choose Chicago

To see a full list:

Winners will be announced during the Emmy® Awards on Saturday, November 1.

Congrats to Choose Chicago for all their other noms for this project! Five in total!

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“Drifting” Official Select Chicago International FF, Klik! Amsterdam Animation Fest, Golden Orchid International Animation Fest

Huzzah! It’s finally announceable! “Drifting” will be screening at the Chicago International Film Festival this year!

Here’s the schedule for Drifting’s screening sections

Also selected for Golden Orchid International Animation Festival in Pennsylvania in late September and Klik! in Amsterdam in November. Totally ecstatic to be a part of all these amazing fests!

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“Drifting” – Official Selection Elgin Short Film Festival

This year’s finalists are:

“Drifting” Directed by Joel Benjamin
The animated story about surviving on the middle of the ocean on an airplane wing.

“Race You to Russia” Directed by Brett Hays
This film was written by a 7th grader and is the story about how a clever boy beats a bully to a bogus destination.

“Journeyman” Directed by Leo Gilbert
An aging ex-NBA ball player must choose between extending a damaged career or giving up everything for his young son.

“FLOWERS” Directed by Sabina Sattar
A boy falls in love with a deaf and mute girl and has to find a way to communicate his feelings for her.

“The White Room” Directed by Tom Doherty
A powerful, emotional, psychological drama that follows a young man who wakes up trapped and confused in a mysterious room with no recollection as to how he came to be there.

These Top Five Films will be shown in the intimate 1,200-seat theater of The Hemmens Cultural Center on the evening of Saturday, September 27 at 7 PM.

Beginning at 6:15 PM the filmmakers and judges will walk and be interviewed on the red carpet before entering The Hemmens Cultural Center. There will also be pre-show entertainment. #downtownElgin #shortfilmfestival

Ticket info can be found here

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