Malaysian animation project takes Best Planning award at Korean cartoon confab

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Alamaya: Garden of Beautiful Creatures created by Malaysia’s Shock3D! Sdn Bhd took the award for Best Planning at the 8th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival Promotion Plan Competition (SPP). Shock3D! was the only non-Korean company to emerge as a winner in the annual awards which also received entries from international studios from Japan, France, Italy, United States, Taiwan, India, China, HK, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, etc. Alamaya by Shock3D! Sdn Bhd was among the two Malaysian finalists (the other finalist, Zoorocco by Tripod Entertainment Sdn Bhd) from a pool of 80 over entries this year and was declared winner for the “Best Planning” by a panel of international jury consisting of Mark Taylor, vice-president for Nickelodeon; Andrew Beecham, senior vice-president for PBS Kids; Richard Rowe, acquisition executive for Cartoon Network Europe; Nam Han-Kil, producer for EBS; and Kim Il-Hwan, executive director for Stonebridge Capital Investment. Based on the 10-minute presentation and project entry, Shock3D! was selected as a winner for their originality, planning competence, and commercial viability for the work-in-progress project. The other winners were from the host nation (Korea) for Best Technology and Best Creativity. Each winner received a trophy, certificate, and US$5,000. Alamaya, a 90-minute 3D feature animation, tells a tale of a child living in the suburbs of Malaysia who is mysteriously led into a fantasy world teaming with bizarre and odd creatures. The little antagonist finds that he is rather reluctant to stay at first, until a series of events unfold revealing his greater purpose being in this other worldly place. Eugene Foo, creative director, created the first character in his sketchbook almost four years ago. Syed Hezri, business development director and Keeta Brennan, co-script-writer, form the core team that developed the initial concept into its current form – a fully fledged feature film due to be released in cinemas by the first quarter of 2011.

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