The silly season got a whole lot sillier at Federation Square last night as we celebrated 2012, the Year of the Loop!!

Daniel Atkinson hosted the evening from the comfort of his very own lounge room, with judges Wally De Backer (Gotye), Lawrence Leung, and Neil Sanders introducing first, second and third best loops of 2012 respectively. Thank you to them and to Sophie Byrne and Ghost Patrol who helped judge the winners.

The Best Loop of 2012 went to NOAM SUSSMAN for his insane MAD loop,
2nd Best Loop of 2012 went to ANDREW BOWLER for his inventive ROCK loop,
3rd Best Loop of 2012 went to IVAN DIXON for his pee shy LIQUID loop.

The best loop of 2012 is only four seconds long?!! Take that OSCARS!!

You can watch a compilation of the award presentions below.

As a special festive treat we also screened the sensation that isThe 12 Days of Gifmas, initiated by Mel Roach and compiled by the twisted mind of Andrew Onorato. They had to be shown right at the end of the night, for reasons which become obvious when you see Andrew’s Eight Maids a Milking… The crowd reaction was PRICELESS!

The 12 Days of Gifmas.

The massive Fed Square screen in all it’s radiant glory!

Naked Noam, people squirmed in their seats at the camera panned downwards…

Characters from October’s Collaborative Dance-Off took to the stage!
A huge thank you to everyone who got involved in LoopdeLoop in 2012, it was a fantastic year, and 2013 is looking even more exciting!!

LIQUID screening wrap up

When it rains it pours, and we’ve been absolutely flooded with loops this past month. In the end we received a record sixty loops from all over the globe, and the screening was packed full of eager animators and fans, itching to soak it all in!

March’s theme was run in tribute to Liquid TV, an MTV program dedicated to featuring wild indie animation. Liquid TV has been a big inspiration to us and we’re super excited to see the program has relaunched! Many thanks go out to Anna and her team for featuring their favourite loops and providing us with wonderful prize packs of goodies for our winners!

There were a lot of interesting takes on the theme, from organised crime to cute water droplets to blood fetishes, but in the end it came down to an audience vote between urine and genetic modification.

The highest score on the blog went to Ivan Dixon’s loop about his pee shyness
at public urinals, and a massive number of votes on the blog went to Richard Osellame’s 3D loop of a droplet being manufactured into a solid cube before dropping into a pipe and changing back again.

The audience rallied in support of Ivan’s condition, declaring him the WINNER!

Leading up to the screening we opened up the opportunity for people to suggest and vote on our new theme for April. There were lots of good (and horrible) suggestions but in the end ROCK was selected as the most popular.

Looks like it’s time to turn things up to eleven and ROCK OUT OLD SCHOOL!

An immersive world of squids, flaming heros, falling and organised crime.

Nathanael hosted the event tastefully, as only a true gentleman can.

Ivan Dixon bravely confronting his pee shyness.

To see more photos of the event check out the album on our facebook page.