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Short Sleight of Hand wows & wins at US festivals

Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:11 PM | Anonymous
Sleight of Hand animated film still from Anifex and Michael Cusack
Congratulations to Director Michael Cusak and South Australian animation company Anifex - their short animated film "Sleight of Hand" has won "Best Animation" at the Nevada Film Festival and "Best in Fest" at Kentucky's River's Edge International Film Festival. 

See the trailer here
The short is currently screening at Berlin's Interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin. 

Check out the impressive list of screenings and wins at festivals all around the world below.


In competition: Austin Film Festival, Texas

Winner: Gold Award, South Australian Cinematographers Society

Winner: "Milton Ingerson Award for Best Overall Entry" SA ACS Awards


Nominee, AACTA Awards, Best Short Animation, Australia          

Winner: “Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animated Short Film,” Santa Barbara Film Festival, USA, 2013 (Academy Accredited)

In competition: Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, USA

Winner: Animovies Audience Choice Award, International Festival of Animated Objects, Calgary, Canada

In competition: 20th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film

Winner: Best Animation, South Australian Screen Awards, Australia

Winner: Best Composition, South Australian Screen Awards, Australia

Winner: Silver Award, Shorts Film Festival, Adelaide, Australia

Winner: Professional Animation Award, Speechless Film Festival, Minnesota

Winner: Best Animation, Sunset International Film Festival, Los Angeles

Winner: Best Stop Motion, Savannah International Animation Film Fest, USA

Winner: Best of Show, Savannah International Animation Film Festival, USA

Winner: Audience Choice Award, Savannah International Animation Film Festival, USA

Winner: Golden Tripod for Specialised Cinematography, Australian National Cinematography Awards

Winner: “Milli” Award for Best Overall Entry, Australian National Cinematography Awards

In competition: Fest Anca International Animation Festival, Slovakia

In competition: Anima Mundi, International Animation Festival, Brazil

Winner: Best Animation, St Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia

In competition: California International Animation Festival, USA

Selected for Best of the Fest: Palm Springs International Shortfest

In competition: Krok Film Festival, Ukraine

Winner: Selected for “Best of the NW Animation Fest”, Portland, USA

Winner: Accolade Competition - Award of Excellence in Animation,

California, USA

Winner: Best Animation, New York City Short Film Festival, USA

In competition: Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, Bristol, UK

Official selection: Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide, Australia

Winner: Best Animation, Indie Spirit Film Festival, Colorado Springs, USA

Winner: Best Editing, Canberra International Film Festival, Australia

Winner: Best Animation, Santa Monica Independent Film Festival, USA

Winner: Grand Prix, Stoptrik International Film Festival, Maribor, Slovenia

In Competition: Underexposed Film Festival, Rock Hill SC, USA

Winner: Best International Animated Short, Roseville Festival of Animation,


In competition: Animae Caribe Animation & New Media Festival, Tinidad

and Tobago

In competition: International Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany, 2013

In competition: River’s Edge International Film Festival, Paducah, Kentucky,


In competition: Brazil Stop Motion International Film Festival, Brazil


In competition: Beloit International Film Festival, Wisconsin, USA, 2014 

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