Ringling College Senior Thesis Film 'Jinxy Jenkins and Lucky Lou' Wins ‘Best Computer Animated Short’ Award in the 42nd Annual SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival

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The student senior thesis film 'Jinxy Jenkins and Lucky Lou' created by Michael Bidinger and Michelle Kwon at the Ringling College of Art and Design has won the 'Best Computer Animated Short' award in the SIGGRAPH 2015 42nd Annual Computer Animation Festival. Ringling College will be exhibiting at SIGRAPH 2015 at booth #907 August 9th - 13th.

'Jinxy Jenkins and Lucky Lou' Title Frame

Out of almost 500 submissions in 2015, this work stood out for its artistry, heartwarming story, and obvious attention to detail in execution. Our jury absolutely loved this piece, as do we!

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that the Ringling College student senior thesis film 'Jinxy Jenkins and Lucky Lou' has won the 'Best Computer Animated Short' award in the SIGGRAPH 2015 42nd Annual Computer Animation Festival.

“The SIGGRAPH 2015 Computer Animation Festival is pleased to announce this year's winner for the Best Computer Animated Short award is "Jinxy Jenkins and Lucky Lou," created by Michael Bidinger and Michelle Kwon of Ringling College of Art and Design,” said SIGGRAPH 2015 Computer Animation Festival co-chairs Mikki Rose and Joe Takai. “Out of almost 500 submissions in 2015, this work stood out for its artistry, heartwarming story, and obvious attention to detail in execution. Our jury absolutely loved this piece, as do we!”

Winning animators Michelle Kwon and Michael Bidinger created ‘Jinxy Jenkins and Lucky Lou' as their senior thesis project at Ringling College. Michelle and Michael expressed their gratification at receiving this award, saying, “Thank you, this is an incredible honor- we never expected to receive such recognition. We are glad our film was enjoyed!” Currently, Michelle Kwon is working in Visual Development as a 3d Generalist at JibJab and Michael Bidinger is a Fix/Crowds Animator at Pixar Animation Studios.

“The Ringling College Department of Computer Animation is very proud and excited to have "Jinxy Jenkins and Lucky Lou" chosen as "Best Computer Animated Short" for Siggraph 2015,” said Jim McCampbell, Department Head, Computer Animation at Ringling College of Art & Design. “It is incredibly satisfying for us to see our students become such accomplished artists and animators, and to receive the level of recognition that this honor represents. Their talent, dedication, and hard work combined with our unique curriculum and faculty can certainly produce some amazing results.”

Held during SIGGRAPH 2015, August 9 – 13th in Los Angeles, California, the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is the leading annual festival for the world's most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators. An internationally recognized jury receives hundreds of submissions and presents the best work of the year. The Computer Animation Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a Best Animated Short Academy Award.

Ringling College of Art and Design will be exhibiting at SIGRAPH 2015 at booth #907 and will be holding a Ringling College alumni event on Aug. 11th with time and location to be announced. “We look forward to meeting both old friends and new at SIGGRAPH this year. This film, along with many other great examples of our student work, will be on display at our booth,” concluded McCampbell.

About Ringling College of Art and Design
Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 11 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Film, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Photography & Imaging, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls nearly 1,300 students from 44 states and 54 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. Visit the Ringling College website, or follow Ringling College on Facebook and Twitter for more news and information.

About SIGGRAPH 2015
The annual SIGGRAPH conference is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience on the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world. The conference also hosts the international SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, showcasing works from the world's most innovative and accomplished digital film and video creators. Juried and curated content includes outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts. SIGGRAPH 2015 will take place 9-13 August 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif. Visit the SIGGRAPH 2015 website for more detailed information.

About ACM SIGGRAPH
The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers, and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. ACM SIGGRAPH enriches the computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round through its conferences, global network of professional and student chapters, publications, and educational activities.

About ACM
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for lifelong learning, career development, and professional networking.

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