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Social Networks Pin Winner At Cannes Film Festival

Voodoo twittering? The Cannes 2009 Competition drew more than 193,000 views in 9 days in May. An innovative American filmmaker took home the top prize in the annual Online Short Film Competition  run by the National Film Board of Canada in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival. And YouTube and Twitter were largely responsible for selecting the winner!

Behold the wonder of this remarkable 4 1/2-minute animated piece and its evocative imagery. This video with its allegorical references to Christianity presents us with a voodoo doll who must find the courage to save his friends from literally being pinned to death.



Joaquin Baldwin's Sebastian's Voodoo,with music by Nick Fevola beat nine other finalists, including two from Canada. About 8,000 people around the world voted over nine days on the 10 films, which had been selected from 1,400 entries. The competition attracted a large number of National Film Board's Twitter subscribers reaching tens of thousands of short film lovers.

The nine films were on the NFB Screening Room on YouTube. The NFB competition allowed online voters join in the fun and frenzy of Cannes by voting online for their favorite short, using a 5-star voting system on YouTube.

Joaquin BaldwinJoaquin BaldwinJoaquin Baldwin is a 26-yr old animator from Paraguay. Living in Los Angeles, he is now finishing his MFA in animation at UCLA. He has received over 50 international awards for his animated films and Sebastian's Voodoo was also nominated in 2008 for an Annie Award competing with films from Pixar, Disney, Plympton and Aardman.

This is a great example of how integrated movie software and filmmaking have become in recent years. If Sebastion's Voodoo is any indication where animation and CGI is going, Baldwin is a fine representative of the film quality we can look forward to in the future.

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