ColdHardFlash.com Announces The 10 Best Animated Flash Films

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Spanish animator Nacho Rodriguez' "Mr. Coo" wins top prize in the Flash Animation 10. All 10 films and interviews with the directors have launched at ColdHardFlash.com, where thousands of visitors come each day to watch best-of-breed character animation.

Los Angeles-based ColdHardFlash.com, the world's only dedicated source for high-quality, animated films produced with Flash, today announced the winner of the Flash Animation 10: Best Animated event, which is sponsored by MyToons.com, the premier online animation community - now in HD.

Barcelona-based animator Nacho Rodriguez took the top prize for his animated film "Mr. Coo Episode 4," which features imaginative, stream-of-consciousness animation. The Flash Animation 10 was judged by a blue-ribbon panel of animation industry experts, including LAIKA/house animation director Ward Jenkins, who, after watching 'Mr. Coo', said, "Strange non sequiturs never looked (and moved) so good."

"I've literally spent hours enjoying the amazing animations that were entered into the contest," said Paul Ford, president and co-founder of MyToons. "Nacho's animation 'Mr. Coo' really deserves the grand prize. It's one of my favorites and I'm really happy to see it recognized. I'm super glad that Aaron and the CHF team are working hard to promote the fine work of animators using Flash everywhere."

"We're thrilled to have MyToons sponsoring the Flash Animation 10 event," said Aaron Simpson, founder and editor of ColdHardFlash.com. "I've had a blast uploading my own animations to MyToons and interacting with the community. The site is simply overflowing with a wide variety of exceptional animation."

"It's quite an honour," said 27 year old animator Nacho Rodriguez. "This encourages me to keep the gooey frames flowing, that is, to squeeze living liquid out of a sharp vector." For taking the top prize, Rodriquez walks away with an Adobe® Creative Suite® 3 Master Collection, courtesy of ColdHardFlash. The suite includes all-new versions of Adobe InDesign® CS3, Photoshop® CS3 Extended, Illustrator® CS3, Flash® CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver® CS3, Fireworks® CS3, Contribute® CS3, After Effects® CS3 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro® CS3, Soundbooth® CS3, and Encore® CS3, as well as Acrobat® 8 Professional software.

"This collection of animated shorts is a testament to the fact that talented animators in this new digital age have unlimited potential," said Simpson. "It's been only 10 years since Flash arrived on the market, and in that short time we've seen films produced with the software emerge as world-class, award-winning shorts."

The Flash Animation 10, which began with the Most Influential award in September 2006, is a celebration of character animation produced with Adobe Flash® software. Flash, which powers many rich and engaging websites and applications, is also the leading choice of animators looking to create paperless 2D films.

The 35 nominated shorts were narrowed down to 10 ranked finalists by a panel of animation industry experts. The judges, Ward Jenkins, Megan O'Neill, Andrew Gordon, Christopher Finnegan and Ryan Honey, were asked to view each of the nominated films and select the work that exhibited the highest in overall animation quality. According to judge Ryan Honey, Creative Director at Buck, the 1st runner up film, Sylvain Marc's "Fertilizer Soup," is filled with "great animation moments and original compositions." Michel Gagne's "Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets," which took the 2nd runner up prize, is "fabulous looking with beautiful composition and wonderful movement," said judge Megan O'Neill, VP of Acquisitions and Production at Atom Entertainment.

About ColdHardFlash.com
Cold Hard Flash is an online news and entertainment source focusing on TV series, feature films and online shorts produced with Adobe Flash software. Since launching in November 2004, the website has evolved into a leading tastemaker in the animation industry. ColdHardFlash.com, which was founded by Emmy-nominated animation producer Aaron Simpson, was recently listed in Animation Magazine's "13 People, Platforms and Trends That Our Reshaping Our World."

About MyToons.com
MyToons.com is the world's premier online animation community. Launched in spring of 2007, MyToons.com provides global content creators with a free platform to share their original animations, artwork, and games with animators, enthusiasts and fans worldwide.

Combining high-quality standard and high-definition (HD) video file streaming with best-in-class social networking for animators, MyToons.com showcases the greatest variety of independent and studio animation anywhere. Dedicated to "everything animated," MyToons.com allows artists to share their techniques, discuss their thoughts and ideas, and explore their commonalities in a robust visual environment.

MyToons is a trademark of MyToons, Inc. All rights reserved. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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