Recent Experimental Animation alumnus Beomsik Shimbe Shim (Film/Video MFA 09) and his film, The Wonder Hospital, have been racking up a slew of festival awards this summer. Among them, two local awards: "Best Student Project Prize" at SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Awards and "Best Animated Short Film" at Los Angeles Film Festival.
Toward the end of July, SIGGRAPH, an international conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, held its annual meeting and animation festival this year in Los Angeles. The festival, which is known to award more mainstream/commercial works, chose Shim's more experimental work for its top student prize.
Earlier in June, the film was screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The Festival jury wrote about Shim's film:
The Wonder Hospital is a feat of pure imagination. Its inventive mix of animation and puppetry evokes a hauntingly surreal landscape of the mind and body.
Besides the local festivals, the film received the "Grand Jury Prize - Best Animated Short" at the Seattle International Film Festival 2010 and "Best Short Animation" at the Athens Film & Video Festival 2010. The piece was also featured at Animafest Zagreb, Chicago International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, and the World Wide Short Film Festival.
Check out a clip from The Wonder Hospital above.