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Jul 16, 2012

BAVIA announces animated film competition winners

The International Film Festival kicked off over the weekend; sixty-seven films will be featured this year. This morning, as part of the festival, an audio visual symposium was held at the House of Culture in Belize City. The event, hosted by The Belize Audio Visual Industry Association (BAVIA) was to discuss the art and business of animation. It featured local panelists from the film industry as well as a presenter from Trinidad, who participated via the internet. One highlight of the symposium was the announcement of the winners of BAVIA’s annual “Show Me” film Competition, which this year was for animated videos. News Five’s Delahnie Bain has the results.


Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The Belize Audio Visual Industry Association (BAVIA) today announced the winners of its Show Me Competition, in which participants had one month to create and submit a short animation film. It’s the second such contest and BAVIA President, Javier Molina, says it was once again a success.


Javier Molina

Javier Molina, President, BAVIA

“I think this year’s competition was a good success like last year’s competition. It certainly raised the bar again, which is what we want and I think it was a very good competition this year.”


Delahnie Bain

“Okay, how many entries did you end up getting?”


Javier Molina

“Registration, we had like sixteen people register but we know that that’s never the amount of entrants that we’re gonna get. We had a total of five people who actually submitted this year. There were two categories this year, which made it really simple—eighteen and over and under eighteen. The under eighteen there were a total of four submissions, which made it a little bit difficult for the judges. In the over eighteen there was only one submission, so that was an automatic winner. But luckily it was a pretty good production that was done, so we had a pretty successful year this year.”


The eighteen and over category was won by Javier Romero of San Ignacio while Belize City’s Shelby Castillo captured his second win in the under eighteen group.


Javier Molina

“Alright, Mr. Javier from Cayo, I guess he’s been doing it part time, he’s not really into the industry per se like we know some other people who have been in the industry for a while. Shelby, who is the under eighteen, he won last year like I mentioned before. He really has a passion for it and you can tell by the work that he is putting out that he really enjoys what he’s doing, he thinks about the story and it’s well thought out and brought out in his animation, which is really what gave him the edge this year.”


Shelby Castillo, Under 18 Category, Show Me Competition

Shelby Castillo

“I didn’t expect to win this year because the competition was fierce. So I didn’t expect to win and I’m surprised that I won this year as the defending champ now.”


Castillo worked meticulously on the two and half minute animation film, which told a touching story based on this year’s theme.


Shelby Castillo

“I wanted to incorporate the theme Maya Heartland 2012 and I thought the best way to do that was to bring in romance since heartland, heart. And I wanted to bring across romance because I thought it would interest the viewers and touch them and let them feel the video.”


Delahnie Bain

“So how long did it take you to work on this film?”


Shelby Castillo

Two weeks, two weeks because I did it frame by frame so I had to draw it over and over—especially the characters, not really the background. And I had to add effects like blur for background pictures and the ruins.”


Javier Molina

“This is certainly going to be an annual event for BAVIA, the Show Me Competition. I mean last year was just short stories, this year was animation; who knows what next year is going to be. But definitely it’s going to be a yearly thing and we really are doing it to encourage the younger folks as well as the people who are in the industry. It’s just an extra thing under their belt, it’s some cash in their pocket so it gives them an incentive to show us what they can do.”


Castillo and Romero each receive cash prizes of one thousand dollars sponsored by Smart. Delahnie Bain for News Five.


Romero was not present to receive his prize today because he works in San Ignacio.

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3 Responses for “BAVIA announces animated film competition winners”

  1. Rod says:

    Best work I’ve seen yet in Belize go Bavia keep up the good work.

  2. BT says:

    All the animated videos can be viewed at

  3. Bear says:

    It’s nice to see some talented homegrown artists on the way up!

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