Guggenheim Chooses 4 VFS Films for YouTube Play Shortlist

By VFS Web Team, on September 21, 2010

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Along with the rest of the shortlist, the videos can now be seen in kiosks at the Guggenheim museums in New York, Berlin, Bilbao, and Venice.
The shortlisted films will be whittled down to 20 by a jury that includes luminaries like designer Stefan Sagmeister and director Darren Aronofsky, and will be announced on October 21, after which those 20 will be on view at the renowned Guggenheim itself.
The VFS students and films honoured by the Guggenheim and YouTube are:
The Light Pressure of a Thought
Paula Assadourian (Mexico)
Classical Animation
Dreamscape
Nicole Duquette (Canada)
Classical Animation
Kibble Kat
Daniel Farrera Saldana (Mexico)
Digital Character Animation
Estudio MendizábalKiko Pérez(Spain)
Digital Character Animation
The list also serves as a great representation of VFS's international flavour: in fact, The Light Pressure of a Thought and Kibble Kat are the only two shortlisted films from Mexico, and Kiko is one of just two artists representating Spain, as mentioned in this story on Madridpress.com.
In the official press release announcing of the shortlist, the Guggenheim Foundation's Nancy Spector is quoted as saying:

"The shortlist presents a rich sampling of the best creative video found on YouTube and is representative of the various stylistic and conceptual genres specific to this broad, ever-expanding platform. The selection is diverse in technique, subject matter, geography, and professional status, which reflects the increasing accessibility of new media technologies around the world. We believe the shortlist reveals the abundance of creative energy this project evoked."

You can see the complete shortlist atyoutube.com/play. But first, enjoy the incredible VFS films right here:
The Light Pressure of a Thought

Dreamscape

Kibble Kat

Estudio Mendizábal