Amazon Web Services is sponsoring the new Animated Short Films category at this year's Napa Valley Film Festival. This new category will encourage animated short film submissions and the use of technology to bring a story to life. We hope that this focus on animated filmmaking will provide the digital animation community with a platform that allows them to show off their artistic concepts and vision within this medium.
We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage filmmakers and artists to make use of cloud-based animation and rendering technology as part of the production process. In order to help make this happen, we are providing aspiring filmmakers with AWS free usage credits and access to mentoring through an online forum.
Entries in the Animated Short Films category can be up to 20 minutes long, contain a significant amount of animation, and must utilize the credits provided by AWS. All entries must be submitted via Withoutabox by June 30, 2013 and completed films must be received by July 31, 2013.
At the recent AWS Summit in San Francisco, Ryan Tudhope of Atomic Fiction played a very impressive demo reel to show off some of the work that they have done on AWS:
AWS customer Zync can help you to make use of AWS if you are interested in creating and rendering an entry in this category.