Best Visual Effects – Adrian Bobb and George Kanaras – “EXT” (Canada)

Title: EXT
Runtime: 8 min
Country: Canada
Director: Adrian Bobb
Placement: Award of Excellence + Best Concept Art (Adrian Bobb) + Best Visual Effects (Adrian Bobb and George Kanaras)
Competition: March 31, 2019

Synopsis: In the snow-covered ruins of 24th century Toronto, AEGIS, a humanoid war machine, leads a team of five robot-bound digital-humans into the the real world (aka the “E-X-T”) to retake an enemy-occupied server installation vital to the survival of their digital homeworld.

During an attempt to ambush a large pack of enemy controlled war-drones, AEGIS recalls an interrogation with the enemy’s founder, an extremist named KYM MINAMOTO…AEGIS’s mother.

As AEGIS fights for her life in the real world, she recalls the emotional fight for her identity in the INT (the digital world), as she and her mother argue over the true nature of humanity and inclusion of digital-persons within it.