A dynamic, mesmerizing two-minute animated history of the products and innovations from Honda, created by ad agency RPA, directed by the noted stop-motion director PES and given a seamless infusion of visual effects and finishing by VFX Supervisor and Lead Flame Artist Andy Rafael Barrios of A52, has been named Best in Show at the 2016 AICE Awards. Barrios also took the top prize in the competition’s Visual Effects category.

The Best in Show honor was presented along with 32 other AICE Awards at the post production industry’s annual awards show, held this year in Chicago at Navy Pier. During the awards presentation Editor Terry Kaney, formerly of Avenue Edit, was inducted into the AICE’s Hall of Fame in recognition of the body of work he produced during his career and his impact on the Chicago post production industry.

A full list of winners can be found at the AICE Awards web site here: http://www.aice.org/events/aice_awards_show/winners/login.php.

The winners at this year’s show were distributed among a wide array of editors, artists and companies, with several individual talents as well as post production companies scoring multiple winners.

Rock Paper Scissors, the L.A. and New York-based editorial company, saw work from three of its editors win AICE Awards: Adam Pertofsky in the Digital Content - :90 and Under category for Brand Jordan, Ted Guard in the Fashion/Beauty category for Gap Kids and Biff Butler in the Best of Los Angeles category for Brand Jordan.

Two-time winning editors included editor Sam Rice-Edwards of The Assembly Rooms, who won in both the Digital Content – Over :90 and the newly-introduced Docu-Style categories, both for work for Mumsnet, and editor Michael Reuter of EditBar, who won in the Comedy and Best of Boston categories for a spot for join.me.

Other notable winners included work from such companies as Beast, which saw editor Brian Lagerhausen win the Best of San Francisco for Fitbit and editor Angelo Valencia win Best of Chicago for Whirlpool; The Colonie, whose editor, Brian Sepanik, won the Dialogue/Monologue/Spoken Word category with a spot for GrubHub while editor Keith Kristinat won the Spec Spot category with a spot for Chevy Trucks; Rooster, which scored winners from editor Paul Proulx in the Public Service category with a piece for Moms Demand Gun Safety in America and from editor Dave De Carlo in the Regional Campaign category with a series of spots for Special Olympics Canada; and Yessian, whose composer Dan Zank won the Original Music category for work for Macy’s while sound designer Jeff Dittenber won the Sound Design category with work for GM.

This year marked the 15th anniversary of the AICE Awards, which has grown into the post production industry’s premier competition for excellence in editorial, color grading, audio mixing, visual effects, sound design and original music composition.

Commenting on the Honda “Paper” Best in Show winner, Editor and Partner Craig Lewandowski of Utopic in Chicago, a member of the AICE Awards Curatorial Committee, “this was one of the entries that rose to the top, and the more we talked about it, the more it kept rising,” he says. “The people who were voting on it were editors, colorists, effects artists and audio mixers, and everyone recognized this as being above and beyond.”

Lewandowski says that “Paper” was not the only craft category finalist in the AICE Awards that was in contention for Best in Show. “To me, that’s encouraging,” he says. “It reflects the larger definition of what constitutes post production today, and that’s what AICE is all about.”

In addition to honoring AICE Hall of Fame Inductee Terry Kaney at the awards presentation, AICE members saluted the first winners of the Camp Kuleshov Grand Prizes for Editing, Audio Mixing and Graphic Design. The association’s popular trailer competition tasks assistants with taking existing films and creating new trailers, opening title sequences and sound design segments that repositions the films as being from a different genre or director.

Last year was the first year all participating AICE chapters held Camp Kuleshov competitions working from the same brief and source films, resulting in national champions in all three categories. This list included Assistant David Rubin of Cutters in Chicago, who was the top winner in Editing; Assistant Michael Marciano of P.S. 260, who won the top prize in Graphic Design; and Assistant Mike Regan of Another Country, who won the top prize in Audio.

Sponsors for the event included Ogilvy, FCB, Leo Burnett, OKRP, Energy BBDO, mcgarrybowen, Cavalry and DDB. Additional sponsors include Beast, Cinesys, Company 3, Method, The Colonie, Hootenanny, The Mill, Mix Kitchen and Nolo Digital Film. Media sponsors include Reel Chicago, Screen, SHOOT, Source Creative and Little Black Book.

2016 AICE Awards Winners

Best in Show

Andy Rafael Barrios, A52




Audio Mix

Joaby Deal, One Union Recording

“Rule the Living Room”




Rick Russell, Final Cut



Venables Bell & Partners

Broadcast Promotion

Steve Bell, Cutters



Baby Bear’s Porridge

Color Grading

Tom Poole, Company 3



Johannes Leonardo


Michael Reuter, EditBar






“The New Geometry of Time”

Audemars Piguet


Dialogue/Monologue/Spoken Word

Brian Sepanik, Colonie Media

“Winner Picks Lunch”


Tandem, Inc.

Digital Content - :90 and Under

Adam Pertofsky, Rock Paper Scissors

“Melo 12 Built For More”

Brand Jordan


Digital Content – Over :90

Sam Rice-Edwards, The Assembly Rooms

“999 for Kids”




Sam Rice-Edwards, The Assembly Rooms

“999 for Kids”




Ted Guard, Rock Paper Scissors


Gap Kids


Sam Ostrove, Cut + Run

“Made By You”



Music Video

Jeff Selis, Bonch

Beyoncé “Formation”


National Campaign

Andy McGraw, Cartel (Edited while at Stitch)

“Anthem” / “Stephen Curry”

Leo Scott, Cartel (Edited while at Stitch)

“Tom Brady”

Rule Yourself

Under Armour


Online Campaign

Justin Trovato, Cosmo Street Editorial

“Family Portrait” / “Tree of Compromise” / “Vegan Christmas”

Keepsake It


Chandelier Creative

Original Music

Dan Zank, Yessian Music

“The Wish Writer”



Public Service

Paul Proulx, Rooster

“Not Allowed”

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America


Regional Campaign

Dave De Carlo, Rooster

“Sport” / “Barbell” / “Pool”

Special Olympics Canada


Sound Design

Jeff Dittenber, Yessian Music

“Born To Run”

General Motors

Lowe Worldwide

Spec Spot

Keith Kristinat, Colonie Media


Chevy Trucks

71 Degrees North


Rich Orrick, Work Editorial

“Short A Guy”


Wieden + Kennedy

Under 50K

Ben Suenaga, Friendshop!

“Revolutionary at Heart”

Philadelphia 76ers


Visual Effects

Andres Barrios, A52




Best of Boston

Michael Reuter, EditBar




Best of Chicago

Angelo Valencia, Beast

“Dad & Andy”



Best of Detroit

Rich Smith, Hudson Edit


John Varvatos

Best of Los Angeles

Biff Butler, Rock Paper Scissors

“The Winning Moment”

Brand Jordan

Wieden + Kennedy

Best of Minneapolis

Mick Uzendoski, Drive Thru Editorial


Subaru of America

Carmichael Lynch

Best of New York

Jai Shukla, Nomad (Edited while at Beast)



The Barbarian Group

Best of San Francisco

Brian Lagerhausen, Beast

“In the Running”


Argonaut, Inc

Best of Texas

Logan Hefflefinger, Lucky Post

“Life In Motion”



Best of Toronto

Graham Chisholm, Married to Giants

“All Sweat is Equal”

Sport Chek

Sid Lee