Colonie & Beast editors among top AICE winners

The Colonie’s Keith Kristinat and Brian Sepanik

“We did ourselves proud last night,” says Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter president, “not only in award-winning but in putting on a great show” – the 15th annual AICE Awards at Navy Pier with an audience of 500.

Chicago had had three top winners out of the Awards’ 33 categories.

Best of Chicago was awarded to Beast’s Angelo Valencia for DigitasLBi spot for Whirlpool.

The Colonie won twice: Brian Sepanik for GrubHub / Tandem, Inc., in the Dialog / Monolog / spoken Word category and Keith Kristinat for 71 Degrees North / Chevy Trucks in the Spec Spot category.

Cutters’ New York-based Steve Bell won for NHL/Baby Bear’s Porridge in the Broadcast Promotion category.

The 2016 AICE Awards showBest in Show went to Andy Rafael Barrios. VFX supervisor and lead Flame artist of A52, San Francisco for a 2-minute animated history of the products and innovations from Honda, created by LA’s RPA (Rubin Postaer & Associates).

“Being part of the show and being recognized felt great,” says Beast managing director Peter Hullinger. “The win was a team effort for our Chicago companies, Beast, Company 3 and Method.

“In terms of the event, it gave people who came here from other cities a sense of our Chicago community, showing what type of people we are and the support we have for advertising and production.”

Editor Terry Kaney, formerly of Avenue Edit, was inducted into the AICE’s Hall of Fame in recognition for his career achievements and impact on the Chicago post production industry.

Chicagoans also led in the first-time national awards for the Camp Kuleshow trailer competition. Cutters’ assistant editor David Rubin for Editing and Mike Regan, assistant at Another Country, won Audio Assistant. New York’s Michael Marciano of P.S. 260, won Graphic Design.

The 2016 AICE Awards showChicago hosts the AICE show every three years, rotating with New York and Los Angeles, “so we take a lot of pride in how we put it on,” says Utopic’s partner/editor Craig Lewandowski, one of the three national Awards Committee members and also a Curatorial Committee member.

“We’re a great community and we all pull for one another, so we can feel proud not only of our winners but the great work represented in all the national categories,” he says.

“What’s also encouraging is such having a good agency turnout as we got last night for the show,” he adds. “It means so much to AICE to have their support.”

Agency sponsors for the event included Ogilvy, FCB Chicago, Leo Burnett, OKRP, Energy BBDO, mcgarrybowen, Cavalry and DDB. Additional sponsors were Beast, Cinesys, Company 3, Method, The Colonie, Hootenanny, The Mill, Mix Kitchen and Nolo Digital Film.

Lewandowski thanked Peter Hullinger and Beast for their graphics work, the Beast’s Kendall Fash for planning the event and Cutters’ Craig Duncan, national AICE president and Tom Brassil for producing the presentations.


Tom Duff onstage at the 2016 AICE Awards2016 AICE Awards Winners

Best in Show

Andy Rafael Barrios, A52 “Paper” Honda RPA

Audio Mix

Joaby Deal, One Union Recording “Rule the Living Room” NVIDIA AKQA


Rick Russell, Final Cut “Commander” Audi Venables Bell & Partners

Broadcast Promotion

Steve Bell, Cutters “Name” NHL Baby Bear’s Porridge

Color Grading

Tom Poole, Company 3 “Future” Adidas Johannes Leonardo


Michael Reuter, EditBar “Frantic” MMB


Tendril “The New Geometry of Time” Audemars Piguet Superculture

Dialogue/Monologue/Spoken Word

Brian Sepanik, Colonie Media “Winner Picks Lunch” GrubHub Tandem, Inc.

Digital Content – :90 and Under

Adam Pertofsky, Rock Paper Scissors “Melo 12 Built For More” Brand Jordan LosYork

Digital Content – Over :90

Sam Rice-Edwards, The Assembly Rooms “999 for Kids” Mumsnet Grey


Sam Rice-Edwards, The Assembly Rooms “999 for Kids” Mumsnet Grey


Ted Guard, Rock Paper Scissors “Anthem” Gap Kids


Sam Ostrove, Cut + Run “Made By You” Converse Anomaly

Music Video

Jeff Selis, Bonch Beyoncé “Formation” Prettybird

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 Droga5

Online Campaign

Justin Trovato, Cosmo Street Editorial “Family Portrait” / “Tree of Compromise” / “Vegan Christmas” Keepsake It Hallmark Chandelier Creative

Original Music

Dan Zank, Yessian Music “The Wish Writer” Macy’s JWT

Public Service

Paul Proulx, Rooster “Not Allowed” Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Grey

Regional Campaign

Dave De Carlo, Rooster “Sport” / “Barbell” / “Pool” Special Olympics Canada Grey

Sound Design

Jeff Dittenber, Yessian Music “Born To Run” General Motors Lowe Worldwide

Spec Spot

Keith Kristinat, Colonie Media “Dependable” Chevy Trucks 71 Degrees North


Rich Orrick, Work Editorial “Short A Guy” Nike Wieden + Kennedy

Under 50K

Ben Suenaga, Friendshop! “Revolutionary at Heart” Philadelphia 76ers Mother

Visual Effects

Andres Barrios, A52 “Paper” Honda RPA

Best of Boston

Michael Reuter, EditBar “Frantic” MMB

Best of Chicago

Angelo Valencia, Beast “Dad & Andy” Whirlpool Digitas

Best of Detroit

Rich Smith, Hudson Edit “Homecoming” 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 “Puppy” Subaru of America Carmichael Lynch

Best of New York

Jai Shukla, Nomad (Edited while at Beast) “Runkeeper” IBM The Barbarian Group

Best of San Francisco

Brian Lagerhausen, Beast “In the Running” Fitbit Argonaut, Inc

Best of Texas

Logan Hefflefinger, Lucky Post “Life In Motion” Timberland YardNYC

Best of Toronto

Graham Chisholm, Married to Giants “All Sweat is Equal” Sport Chek Sid Lee