Fast Film Fest 2021 Winners

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The 3rd Fast Film Fest took place in January and February, 2021. Participants interpreted the theme of “Community: The World As We Know It” in stop motion film shorts that were 5 minutes or less. The event, sponsored by the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, Georgia Tech Libraries, ASIFA-South, and the Georgia Tech Office of the Arts, featured innovative paper animations.

A screening of entries was held on Friday, March 19. The event opened with a selection of animated shorts from Saul Eidson, the Fast Film Fest 2020 People's Choice Award. These were followed by alternating video entries and juror's comments, and concluded with a vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The entries were entertaining, thoughtful, and creative. They showed a wide range of approaches to the use of paper and interpretation of the theme. We are thankful to all the participants and those that supported their efforts by attending the screening and/or related festival programming. We invite you to continue to enjoy the magic of paper animation, either by watching the playlist of this year's entries, making your own film with the help of the resource playlist on the Paper Animation Film Fest YouTube channel, or simply sharing the link with someone else. Happy Animating!



1st Place - Mourning by Ngoc-Uyen Tran

2nd Place - Sprite Garden by Kayla Bowden

3rd Place - Koimmunity by Hayley Sirmons

Honorable Mention - Together by Given Sharp

Museum's Choice - The Wishful Dragon by Jerry Cao

People's Choice - Growing Back Together by Anna Iyengar


All entries can be viewed on the Fast Film Fest 2021 YouTube playlist.

Special thanks to the judges of the festival for sharing their time and talents for this event. The Judges included  Casandra Brewton-JohnsonLisa Ferrell, and Allyssa A. Lewis. Also a big thank you to the presenters Sandee M. ChamberlainDemetrius DukesTim Steele and Marisa Ginger Tontaveetong. Thank you to the educators and librarians who encouraged student to participate. We also want to thank Kieran Quinn and Alison Valk for providing very informative and encouraging workshops for Fast Film Fest 2021.