Herzfeldt’s “Beautiful Day” Wins at Yosemite Animation Fest

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It’s Such a Beautiful Day,” directed by Don Herzfeldt, was named Best Animation at the fourth international Yosemite International Film Festival, held in California.

It’s Such a Beautiful Day had won the First Prize Golden Zagreb Award at this year’s Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films. It also was named Best Animation Film (Animated Short Film) a the Fant-Asia Film Festival and received the Best Animation Yoram Gross Award at the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival.

Among the John Muir Award Winners at the Yosemite Film Festival, Surviving Hunger won the Animation Competition.

Jimmy Paul The Pug Tooth Fairy won the Animation Competition at the festival’s Silver Sierra Awards, while Wet and Wetter was declared the winner of the El Capital Award in the Animation Competition.

The Yosemite International Film Festival awards recognition for some of the world’s finest and most visionary independent films made by many of the leading contemporary artists and creative minds working in cinema and screenwriting today.

The judges selected one exclusive winner from each Award Tier and Best of Category, along with the overall Grand Jury Prize Winner, The Ratio, directed by Jordan Imhoff, selected as the very best project from among all the competition categories, the highest and most acclaimed honor bestowed in the contest.

In addition, Grand Prize Winners and Official Finalists were selected for the annual Screenplay Competition at the discretion of expert judges. Screenplay Competition winners include first place winner Red Flags, written by Sandra Bowes; second place winner She Will Be Mine, written by Burleigh Smith; third place winner Transhumans, written by Alex Sobol; fourth place winner The Badminton Warrior, written by Tom Radovich; and fifth place winner “Roadside Crosses Revised, written by Solace Pineo.

“It was so gratifying to have received such an exceptional wide variety of submissions,” said Easton Stuart, executive director of the Yosemite International Film Festival. “Our mission is to recognize and award progressive, eye-opening, independent cinema and writing. After careful consideration, we are pleased to present the absolute best of the 2012 competition.”

A complete list of the winners can be viewed on the contest’s Web site, www.yosemitefilmfestival.com.

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