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Press Release: Young Animator Perry Chen Honored with Junior Innovator of the Year Award at Inaugural 2NDSCREEN GLOBAL CON

Published on: 22nd August, 2013

2-24-12 Perry Chen Reaching for the Stars at Shorts Awards

Perry Chen holding his animation DVD at 2012 ShortsHD Awards (Photo by Zhu Shen)

Press Release

Young Animator Perry Chen Honored with Junior Innovator of the Year Award at Inaugural 2NDSCREEN GLOBAL CON

San Diego & Woodland Hills, California-

August 22, 2013

The Second Screen Global Conference is honoring 13-year-old award-winning animator, filmmaker and entertainment critic Perry S. Chen from San Diego with the iCON Junior Innovator of the Year Award at its iCON Innovation Awards Luncheon on August 24, 2013 during its inaugural two-day conference at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California.

“I’m delighted to announce that our inaugural Second Screen Global Con Junior Innovator of the Year Award goes to Perry Chen, a trailblazing young animator, filmmaker, and film critic whose outstanding unwavering dedication to animation and the artistic development of the arts for children by children is an inspiration for all.” said Diane Blackmon Bailey, founder of Second Screen Global Con (2SGC) which was created in honor of her mother Roberta Perry.

“It is a great honor for me to receive the first iCON Junior Innovator of the Year Award,” said Perry Chen, “I want to thank the organizer for supporting creativity and imagination from kids like me. I love animation because it has no limit. The only limit is your own imagination! I have learned that making my own animation film is even more fun and exciting than watching and reviewing other people’s films.”

At age nine, Chen became a national sensation with his network TV debut on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric for being the youngest film critic in the country in 2009. He had since reviewed movies and entertainment for The San Diego Union Tribune, Animation World Network, Amazing Kids! Magazine, DiningOut San Diego Magazine, San Diego Entertainer, We Chinese in America newspaper and magazine, in addition to his own PerrysPreviews blog.

At age ten, Chen animated his first short film “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” about a young Jewish girl’s survival during the Holocaust, in collaboration with two-time Oscar nominee, animation legend Bill Plympton. The film became an instant hit with audience, filmmakers, and critics alike, playing at over 30 film festivals around the world, winning three film festival awards in the U.S. In 2011, Chen was the youngest animator whose short became an Oscar-qualifying film. Since then, he has finished two more animation shorts in collaboration with others, and is working on his 4th and most personal animation film “Changyou’s Journey” about his late father Dr. Changyou Chen, a biotech CEO who passed away from cancer in 2012. Chen is the writer, animator, and director, his mother Dr. Zhu Shen is the producer. Watch trailer:

Veteran Disney and DreamWorks animator and animation director Francis Glebas whose film credits include “The Lion King,” “Pocahontas,” “Aladdin” and “The Ice Age” is a fellow honoree at the 2nd Screen Global Con to receive the iCON Innovator of the Year Award.

According to Blackmon Bailey, the new emerging Second Screen Industry is more than just TV’s “buddy companions.” With the explosion of companies like Netflix, Amazon Films, Intel Media, HULU and Myspace, along with apps, gaming, tablets, digital, web and smart phones, the entertainment opportunities for content creators, developers, animators, indie filmmakers and digital media providers is primed and ready to take off.

“There have been many conferences dedicated to the technical aspects of second-screen, but this is the first one dedicated to the actual Creators of the new content that is going to be placed on all of these devices,” said Blackmon Bailey. “Our conference is dedicated to the content creators, developers, indie filmmaker, artists, computer generated illustrators, digital media, science and other pop-culture art-forms.”

About Perry S. Chen

Perry became the youngest animator at age 10 when he made his first critically acclaimed 6-minute animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” about a young Holocaust survivor, in collaboration with two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton who provided storyboard and character design. The film has been a favorite at film festivals worldwide and an Oscar-qualifying film, The film is sponsored by Toon Boom Animation and Wacom Technology Corp, distributed by Shorts International, and available on iTunes in 54 countries. More info: (Official film website)

Perry started reviewing movies at age 8 in 3rd grade using a kid-friendly starfish rating system, and has been featured in numerous regional, national and international media, including CBS, NPR, NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN, CCTV (China Central Television), Variety, Animation Magazine, The Young Icons, Live Life & Win, The Guardian, The China Press, etc. He was a presenter at the 2010 Annie Awards for Animation, and has written movie and entertainment reviews for leading international animation industry publications, children’s magazine, fine dining magazine, the largest San Diego newspaper, and his own blog:

Perry won an “Excellence in Journalism Award” from San Diego Press Club in 2010 and 2011 for his movie and restaurant reviews, an “Excellence Writer Award” from “We Chinese in America” Magazine in 2010 for his movie review column. Perry is widely recognized as an authoritative spokesperson about movies for his generation, and appears frequently at red carpet movie premieres, press junkets, awards, and film festivals, interviewing prominent directors from such films as Wreck-it Ralph, Toy Story 3, Up, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Despicable Me. Perry and his producer mom Dr. Zhu Shen are featured in a book about parenting and youth entrepreneurship, “The Parent’s Guide to Raising CEO Kids,” published in Aug 2011. Perry-designed Thank-You cards with animal alphabet are currently sold at the gift shop of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego.

Perry will appear in person to receive his iCON Junior Innovation of the Year Award on Aug 24, 2013 at the 2nd Screen Global Con. He will next appear at a special Aaron Brothers event at its Mira Mesa Store in San Diego, doing Art and Animation Demo for the first time to a live audience on Sat, August 31, 2013, noon – 3pm. Event detail:

For information about Perry Chen, media inquiries, and partnership opportunities, contact Dr. Zhu Shen, producer and publisher of Perry’s Previews, email:, 858-761-7955.
For Perry Chen’s movie reviews, film project updates, visit:

About 2ND Screen Global Con

2ND Screen Global Con is a nonprofit, educational entertainment media organization dedicated to creating awareness for and appreciation for CGI – Computer Generated Illustration, Animation, Second Screen and other related pop-culture art forms and technologies. Utilizing education, branding, exposure, conferences independent competition and special events. Conference website:

For information about 2ND Screen Global Con, contact Diane Blackmon Bailey:

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