10th May 2009

Animation and VFX Leo Awards 2009 Winners

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Leo Awards 2009Vancouver – The Leo Awards, established in 1998 to celebrate excellence in British Columbia film and television held their annual awards celebration and gala over the past two days at the Westin Bayshore. Since 2003, they have been a project of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, a non-profit society formed to celebrate and promote the achievements of the B.C. film and television industry.

The Awards Celebration on Friday evening was hosted by twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, with Saturday night’s Awards Gala hosted by Gary Jones. The Leo Awards Film Festival, held prior to the awards offered public screenings of this year’s Leo Awards nominees in several leading program categories — Best Feature-Length Drama, Best Documentary, Best Short Drama, and Best Student Production. We, however, are only concerned with the VFX, CGI and Animation sectors of the Awards program.

Best Visual Effects in a Feature Length Drama was won by Artifex and Spin VFX for Impact
Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series was won by the Stargate Atlantis team of Mark Savela, Shannon Gurney, Kodie MacKenzie, Viv Jim and Dan Weir for the First Contact episode
Best Animation Program or Series went to Kid vs Kat from Studio B Productions
Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series was won by Nerd Corps Entertainment for Storm Hawks – Stratosphere
Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series also went to Nerd Corps for Stormhawks, but for the Fire & Ice episode
Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series was picked up by Rainmaker Animation & Visual Effects for Max Steel: Bio Crisis
Best Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series went to Bob Buckley for Stormhawks – The Storm Hawks Seven

Other Nominees:

Best Visual Effects in a Feature Length Drama: Michelle Comens, Stephen Bahr, Christopher Stewart, Krista McLean, James Kawano for Stargate Continuum
Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series: Lee Wilson, Lisa Sepp-Wilson, Sebastien Bergeron, Les Quinn, Matthew Belbin for Sanctuary – Sanctuary For All
Best Animation Program or Series: Jibber Jabber, Max Steel: Bio Crisis, Stormhawks and The Nutty Professor
Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series: Jibber Jabber, Kid vs Kat, Max Steel: Bio Crisis, The Nutty Professor
Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series: Jibber Jabber, Kid vs Kat
Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series: Jibber Jabber, Kid vs Kat, Martha Speaks, The Nutty Professor
Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series: Jibber Jabber, Kid vs Kat, Martha Speaks

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