News Event Movies News | Written by Martin Unsworth 29/06/2021

New Animation Awards Announced in Honour of Ray Harryhausen

On what would have been Ray Harryhausen’s 101st birthday, The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation has announced a new film awards programme, which will both honour the legendary master of stop-motion animation and new talent that he has inspired.

From January 1st, 2022, the Foundation will be accepting entries under the following categories:

Best Feature Film Animation

Best Short Film Animation

Best Student Film Animation

Best Commercial Film Animation

Best Online Film Animation

Best Television Animation

Harryhausen Hall of Fame Award

Ray’s daughter, Vanessa Harryhausen said of the awards “Dad always recognised the strong educational aspect of his work. I hope that these awards will encourage a new generation of animators to be inspired and follow their own dreams.” We recently conducted an exclusive interview with Vanessa that will be on the STARBURST website soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Filmmaker and Trustee of the Foundation John Walsh added: “Ray Harryhausen’s influence on cinema past and present is truly titanic. I devised these awards in Ray’s name to recognise new standards of excellence in the growing field of animation.

The first award ceremony will be held fittingly on Ray’s birthday, June 29th, 2022.

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