All the animated films I saw were good in some way. This was the category I tried to know best and I've gotten some video on most of the film makers whose films were in competition. I had this conversation with Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter Dec. 7 (Anchorage time). They were delightful to talk to and they give us a sense of the life of serious animators. They are currently in Holland on a grant for animators.
Ru lived in Anchorage for a couple of years as a child when her father, who worked for Japan Airlines, was located here. She clearly was disappointed that she couldn't be here for the festival, but they promised to submit what they are working on now when it's done in 2013.
And you can see the film that won Best Animated Film at the Anchorage International Film Festival last week.