Semi-Finalists Announced in Radiohead Animation Contest

May 6, 2008 12:58 PM ET

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After whittling the field down to over sixty videos, the semi-finalists in the Aniboom/Radiohead animation contest were announced today. All ten of the semi-finalists will receive $1,000 to construct a minute-long animation. Seven of In Rainbows' tens tracks are represented this round. Among the finalists are Anthony Catania's storyboarding of Zoo soundtracked by "Nude," Hideyuki Kota's anime-inspired clip for "15 Step" and Clement Picon's video for "Reckoner" which draws upon Radiohead's "Xendless Xuburbia" motif (embedded above.) To see all the semi-finalists (all the videos are pretty awesome), click here. Viewing and voting for this round will take place until June 9th, the finals will take place June 23rd and the winning animation will be announced June 30th.

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