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Animation World Network: Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest Wins IFFF Award & Upcoming Film Festivals

Published on: 12th April, 2012

Perry Chen receiving the award for Best Animation from IFFF Executive Director Chris Shoemaker & IFFF Program Director Patte Dee McKee (photo by Sandra Vielma)

Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest Wins IFFF Award

By Jennifer Wolfe | Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm | AWN News

Posted In | News Categories: Awards, Events, People, Short Films | Geographic Region: North America | Site Categories: 2D, Awards, Events, People, Short Films

Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest, ( animated by 10-year-old filmmaker and award-winning critic Perry Chen, received the award for Best Animation (age 8-13) at the 17th edition of the International Family Film Fest (IFFF).

Perry, now 12, finished the animation as a fifth grader. Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton provided the storyboard, with Kevin Sean Michaels as director, Holocaust historian Dr. Jud Newborn and Perry’s mother Dr. Zhu Shen as co-producers. The film was made possible by the generous support of Toon Boom Animation ( and Wacom (

Perry S. Chen is an award-winning child film critic, artist, and animator, currently in 6th grade from San Diego.  He started reviewing movies at age eight in third grade using a kid-friendly starfish rating system, and has been featured in CBS, NBC, CNN, NPR, Variety, The Guardian, and The China Press, among others.  He writes movie reviews for Animation World Network, San Diego Union Tribune, Amazing Kids! Magazine, and his own Perry’s Previews blog. (  He won an “Excellence in Journalism Award” from San Diego Press Club in 2010. Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest is Perry’s first film as sole animator. He also animated one scene in Bill Plympton’s award-winning Guard Dog Global Jam.

Perry Chen & Zhu Shen with IFFF Founder Chris Shoemaker on the red carpet (photo by Sandra Vielma)



Perry Chen holding IFFF award with IFFF Founder Chris Shoemaker on the red carpet (photo by Sandra Vielma)

Chris Shoemaker, IFFF Founder and Executive Director said, “We were pleased to screen ‘Ingrid Pitt’ and recognize Perry Chen with the IFFF YouthFest! ‘Best Animation (ages 8-13)’ Award for a truly sensitive and thought-provoking animation set against one of history’s darker chapters.  Perry shows much promise – we’ll keep an eye on this young and budding talent in the years ahead.”

“I am very honored to receive the IFFF Award,” said Perry Chen, “I owe my thanks to director Kevin Sean Michaels and animation legend Bill Plympton for their confidence in me as a first-time animator, and for providing excellent feedback along the way.  I also want to thank Dr. Jud Newborn for sharing his knowledge as a Holocaus historian to ensure historical accuracy of the film, my mom Zhu Shen who worked so hard to produce the film and learn the art of computer animation with me, our sponsors Toon Boom, Wacom, Reel Picture, and all of our friends and colleagues who helped to make or promote the film. I look forward to animating my next film ‘Stix,” about a young boy discovering his creativity with a magic pencil, to be made in 3D, using SANDDE software from Janro Imaging Laboratory.”

The film will next be screened at the following film festivals:

45th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, April 15, 2012 at 1 pm along with Bill Plympton’s “Guard Dog Global Jam” (Perry animated one scene):

2012 Newport Beach Film Festival on April 27, 2012 at 2 pm (Perry Chen, Zhu Shen, Kevin Sean Michaels Q&A):

2012 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival on May 6, 2012, at 3 pm (Perry Chen, Zhu Shen Q&A):

About “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest”

About “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest”

“Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” is Perry Chen’s first film as the sole animator. The film premiered to critical acclaim at LA Shorts Fest & Comic-Con in July, 2011, acquired for worldwide distribution in Sep 2011 by Shorts International, distributor of Oscar-nominated shorts, won a “Special Jury Award” for “Extraordinary Vision” at Flyway Film Festival in Wisconsin in Oct, 2011, featured as a bonus film at the 2011 Animation Show of Shows, and has been touring film festivals around the world. Perry Chen was invited to present this film at DreamWorks Animation in Dec 2011, with introduction by “How to Train Your Dragon” director Dean DeBlois. Become a fan on Facebook: (Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest official FB page) (Perry’s Previews fan page)

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