The winners of the Imagina 2002 film awards were announced last night.
Three groups took home a Grand Prix du Jury: Phil Robinson, of Wild Brain, for "Hubert's Brain"; Nicolas and David Laurent for the Super Furry Animals' video "It's not the end of the world"; and Johannes Weiland, Martin Burkert and Sven Pannick for "Hessi James".
The Prix Ecole et Université was won by Peter McDonald, of the Australian Film, TV and Radio School, for "Harvey".
Spaniard Victor Vinyals won the Prix de L'Animation for "Top Gum".
Show end The awards closed the Imagina 2002 3D technology show hosted at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco from 12 to 14 February 2002.
Ten per cent of the films submitted were made on Macs. There were 550 entrants judged by six people.
Lurent Rodon, producer for Film Action, said: "The people behind these films are showing they can create stories rather than just showing they can use software."
Benjamin Decoin, Imagina awards organizer, said: "3D video-authoring software like Final Cut Pro and iDVD is giving Apple more of a presence at awards like this."
Categories There were eight categories including Grand Prix Imagina, Prize for Best Direction, Prize for Best Animation, Prize for Best Editing and Prize for the Best European Production.
Imagina 2002 was attended by 1,000 people and featured 40 exhibitors. An annual event, Imagina has been running for twenty years. President of the awards Prince Albert was not present this year as he was representing Monaco at the Olympic games in Salt Lake City.
David Tomaitis, vice president of Monaco Mediaux, Imagina organizers, said: "We are happy with people that attended. We were anticipating 1,500 to 1,600 but the shortfall is tied into the economic situation in Monaco. Next year we will be expanding the show with a focus on digital cinema."