Special Awards


Richard Garriott de Cayeux, in art Lord British. Born in 1961 in Cambridge to American parents, he grew up in Texas. Had he not been in space on 12 October 2008, following in the footsteps of his father, a professional astronaut, he would be no less famous. Richard Garriott is, in fact, the first game developer to have created a genuine role playing game with his seminal Akalabeth: World of Doom (1979). It was soon followed by the creation that would mark his eternal fortune, giving life to an endless saga of huge success: Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness (1980). The undisputed king of RPGs, with his masterpiece Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (1985), Richard Garriott makes another miracle in 1997, when with Ultima Online he creates the first MMORPG, or “massively multiplayer online role playing game,” according to the definition that he coined. It is an online interconnected world in which players all over the planet can live a parallel life, interacting and fighting. This intuition has changed forever the way people play and understand the online experience. Richard Garriott, who will be a member of the international jury at Cartoons On the Bay 2016, will also receive a much-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award, holding a special master class.

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Christopher Vogler is an internationally known veteran story consultant. In his career he has worked for Warner Bros., Fox and many other Hollywood film companies. He was part of the animation story staff at Disney while THE LION KING, ALADDIN, HERCULES, and MULAN were being developed. He studied at the University of Southern California film school, and in his stellar career explored in particular the powerful relationships between mythology and storytelling.

He has been for twenty years one of the most influential teachers of filmmaking and storytelling around the globe, and his book “The Writer’s Journey” deepens into Joseph Campbell’s researches and is today a cornerstone of modern screenwriting theory for movie executives, screenwriters, playwrights, scholars and fans of pop culture. Vogler’s principles and theories serve as the ultimate guide to telling deep, emotionally-driven stories, and directly influenced the screenplays of movies from FIGHT CLUB to The Wrestler, The Thin red line, NOAH and many others.  As Oscar-nominated Director Darren Aronofsky said: “Chris Vogler is the first book that everyone’s got to read”. 

If our movie stories are not meaningful to people these days it’s because we have forgotten how to move them, and how to stir up their emotions. What are the keys to the emotions of the audience? What are the triggers that will make them feel something again? What are the emotional patterns deeply grooved in every person that can be awakened through strong-minded, conscious storytelling? Vogler’s presentations will takes us on a journey to discover the eight major archetypes of character and the strategies for deepening the audience’s involvement in the story. Film clips taken from animation blockbuster will show how themes and conflicts and the wishes of the audience interact to create a powerful dramatic experience.


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