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Jon Izen's Black and White Wins NYICFF Audience Award

New York, NY, March 27, 2008 --( Black and White, the microseries featured at the 2008 New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF), walked away with the festival's prestigious Audience Award for viewers aged 8 to 14.

Directed by March Entertainment's Jon Izen, Black and White is a wacky, ultra-short cartoon about two easily amused, squeaky-voiced talking squares. The characters were not only used to introduce the NYICFF — North America's largest children's film festival — but also adapted into broadcast ads to promote it.

The NYICFF, which ran from Feb. 29 to March 16, gave Black and White the Audience Award in the 8- to 14-year-old viewer category at its "Best of the Fest" closing night Gala, held at the DGA Theater and hosted by the New Yorker's Adam Gopnik.

The sold-out festival, which is often called the "Kids' Cannes," determined the winners based on NYICFF jury and audience voting. The 2008 NYICFF jury included Susan Sarandon, Gus Van Sant, Matthew Modine and many other red-carpet delegates. Screenings were completely sold out, with a total attendance of more than 20,000 viewers.

In his acceptance speech — read by two 12-year-old fans of the zany cartoon who served as proxies — Izen remarked: "It was an honour being involved with the Festival, and more so knowing that the audience could have a little laugh for the 18 seconds it takes to watch my shorts. And by that I didn't mean to say '18 seconds to wash my shorts' — my mom does my laundry, not the viewing audience."

"Oh Man!" he continued. "Ahhhhhh HaHaHaHa, oh man, Oh Man...OOOOOOhhhhhhhh!"

Izen is currently animating and recording a slate of 75 new Black and White clips, a process which he says has done "crazy things to my voice box."

The show, including the custom NYICFF ads, are available for viewing on, March Entertainment's online comedy portal and home of Black and White. To view them, please visit

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