AniFest Grand Prix
Widow Caillou/ La Veuve Caillou, dir. Agnes Patron, France
Argument: A beautiful, poetic, moving visualization of the author’s very personal tale.
Main prize: A Letter to Momo/ Momo e no Tegami, dir. Hiroyuki Okiura, Japan
Argument: Solid direction, writing, pacing and a strong narrative core.
Special mention: Dead But Not Buried, dir. Phil Mulloy, Great Britain
Argument: Very strong writing, conceptually brave film.
Short film up to 5 minutes
Main prize: The Mechanism of Spring / Haru no shikumi, r. Atsushi Wada, Japan
Argument: Very contemporary and unpredictable short film, that uses a minimalistic approach to seduce the viewer.
Special mention: How to eat your apple, dir. Erick Oh, South Korea
Argument: An elegantly designed film with a strong humorous concept.
Short film 5 – 15 minutes
Main prize: Moxie, dir. Stephen Irwin, Great Britain
Argument: A film that manages to create a mysterious and challenging world (that invites us to review and explore it again and again).
Special mention: Luminaris, dir. Juan Pablo Zaramella, Argentina
Argument: An entertaing pixilation film with an engaging and well crafted story.
Short film 15 – 60 minutes
Main prize: The Chronicle of Oldřich S., dir. Rudolf Šmíd, Czech Republic
Argument: Clean, traditional but ironic story, interesting journal visualised via animation.
Special mention: Chasing, dir. Chao Wu, China
Argument: Fresh and creative film.
Main prize: Bubi, dir. Veronika Vlková, Jan Šrámek, Czech Republic
Argument: Video-animation Bubi presents an open „narrative“ form, seemingly without end or beginning. It works very convincingly in the enviroment of a big cinema, where it manages to provide a confrontation with the viewer’s experience of film and graphical reading of moving images. It’s a graphic testimony, civilisation apocalypse which „saves“ the first edition of this section of non-narrative and experimental phenomenon in contemporary animation in a symbolic way.
Main prize: tWINs, dir. Peter Budínský, Slovakia
Argument: Unusual style, good use of metaphoric storytelling.
Special mention: Not About Us, dir. Michael Frei, Estonia/Switzerland
Argument: Nice design, well constructed abstract storytelling
TV Film and series
Main prize: Dodu – the Cardboard Boy/ Dodu – O rapaz de cartao, dir. José Miguel Ribeiro, Portugal
Argument: For combination of simple storytelling and very good cinematography.
Special mention: Pat and Mat in the country/ Pat a Mat na venkově, dir. Jan Beneš, Czech Republic
Argument: For the humor of the constant topping of gags and the ability to keep the series fresh for so many years.
Main prize: Toru Matsumoto: AND AND, dir. Mirai Mizue, Japan
Argument: for the unique visualization of the music and incredible design concept.
Special mention: Paristetris: Sponge Ideas, dir. Katarzyna Paulina, Nalewajka Szewczyk, Poland
Argument: For the combination of storytelling with the music.
Jingles and Commercials
Main prize: Y film logo, dir. Nupur Bhargava, India
Argument: for the clever mixture of comics, animation, human interaction, camera movement to present the logo in the final shot.
Special mention: Filmfest Dresden trailer 2011, Volker Schlecht, Germany
Argument: Dynamic visualisation of the history of the film.
Films made by children under 12 years
Main prize: Circus / O circo, dir. group of children from the EB school, Portugal
Argument: Elaborated animation and visual style, great work with camera and editing.
Special mention: The Wild World of Hawai / Le Monde Sauvage de Hawai, dir. group of children from Camera etc.
Argument: Very creative and playfull, artistically elaborated and nice subtitles.
Films made by children from 12 to 15 years
Main prize: Ljeto na plaži, Barbara Radman, Marija Nikolič, Croatia
Argument: for the surprising story and original idea with wires
Special mention: The School of Lego, dir. Sawston Village College, Great Britain
Argument: witty, interesting animation and humourous Star Wars parody, that uses the possibilities of lego.
Best flipbook by artist under 15 years
The Snail and The Mushroom / Šnek jí hřib – Adéla Koziorková, chosen by Ian Mackinnon
Argument: Lovely character and great animation, well done.
Best flipbook by artist 15+ years old
Blue Tiger/Modrý tygr – Juraj Horváth, Michal Struss
Argument: for the movement of the tiger and for creating the illusion of depth on a flat page. Very beautiful and well done.
Dead But Not Buried, dir. Phil Mulloy, Great Britain
The award of Czech-Estonian Club for best film of the Estonian retrospective
Knot/ Solm, dir. Kalju Kivi, Estonia (audience award)
The weather is just perfect to sit on a bench in the park and enjoying the sun, however here are few tips which may change your mind…
British animator, director, designer, theorist and teacher is one of the few contemporary authors, whose works can stand a comparison to Jiří Trnka’s films. Barry will screen a selection of his films and talk about his inspirational sources.
Juror’s presentation: Sulafa Hijazi (Culture House – Social Club, 6:30, p.m.)
Syrian animator and author of a couple internationally awarded films is maybe the first female Arabic juror at European animation festival. She will talk about the Arab identity in animation and about the specifics of this still uknown production.
Feature films competition: Letter To Momo, Japan, 2011, dir. Hiroyuki Okiura (Culture House – Estrada Hall, 4:00 p.m.)
The brand new anime feature by a classic of the genre tells a story of Momo, who’s moving from Tokyo to a distant island after the death of her father. Momo tries to figure out the meaning of the letter her father left her and meanwhile, strange things are happening at the island…
Feature films competition: Dead But Not Buried, UK 2011, dir. Phil Mulloy (Culture House – Estrada Hall)
This film is part 2 of the Christies trilogy (special mention at last year’s AniFest for „Goodbye Mister Christie“). Why has Mr Christie’s body been stolen? Who stole it? A Japanese industrialist called Mr. Yakamoto is sure that Mr. Christie holds the secret of eternal life and thus is determined to bring him back to life. Meanwhile, a bunch of people claiming to be Mr. Christie’s relatives are on a quest to possess Mr. Christie’s Tesco sticker collection. Dear Mrs. Christie, on the other hand, seeks her husband’s body with perseverance and before they know it, they all end up in Iceland….another poignant and minimalistic social critique.
Non-narative/experimental animation – competition films (Culture House – Cinema Květen, 10:00 p.m.)
Brand new competition category will present the best of experimental films by contemporary authors. An unique opportunity to see experimental animation at a big screen, a real delicatesse for connoisseurs.
Hiroyuki Okiura needed seven years to finish hist last feature Momo e no Tegami/ A Letter To Momo. The story of Momo, a girl who’s moving from Tokyo to an island with her mother after the death of her father is a brilliant example of classic hand-drawn animation and presents the best in contemporary anime production. Momo meets mysterious little elves on the island and they help her overcome the loss and find out, what the letter to Momo was supossed to say…a moving story about grief, great loss, growing up and finding your own self is full of imagination, sometimes scary, sometimes black-humoured or even absurd. The screening in Teplice might be an unique chance to see it on the big screen – an must-see not just for all anime-fans. We’re curious how will Momo hold up against Parisian cats from Folimage or our Phil Mulloy’s rebel Mr. Christie, who’s coming back after last year’s succes.
Japanese animation is not only about anime, no need to point out. AniFest will also bring a retrospective of two Japanese directors, who were closely connected to Czech animation. Kihachiro Kawamoto (1925 – 2010) was Japanese puppet designer, animator and director. He was deeply interested in Jiří Trnka’s work and he spent one year in his studio in Prague. Nobuhiro Aihara (1944 – 2011) is another great name of Japanese animation, animator and professor at Kyoto University. He was a frequent guest at FAMU (Prague Academy of Performing Arts), where he had many colleagues and friends (Michaela Pavlátová among others).
The programme is curated by prof. Jiří Kubíček from FAMU, who was in close and personal contact with both directors.
Impatiently expected resulst of the selection of feature films are here! These candidates will compete for the best feature film award: A Cat in Paris (Une vie de chat, dir.Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol), Japanese anime Letter for Momo (Momo e no Tegami, dir. Hiroyuki Okiura), impressive philosophical opus from Hungary The Tragedy of Man (Az amber tragédiája, dir. Marcella Jankovics) and least but not last Dead But Not Buried by Phil Mulloy following his last year’s success (special mention of the jury) for Goodbye Mister Christie.
We are also happy to announce the results of the selection for the non-statutary category of Visegrad School Films – especially happy because of the significant amount of interesting works of Czech students. List of all selected films HERE.