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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