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 competition of music videos and jingles is already a traditional part of the festival. And this year again, we’ve received a few very interesting works, by famous authors as well as by young talents. Let’s begin with the biggest star – Bill Plympton with his video about a hard life of celebrities called TMZ. The representative of new and progressive Japanese animation Mirai Mizue created a video for the song Toru Matsumota, using his typical variations abstract forms. Massimo Ottoni is original due the the technique of glass-painting (Wheels and Love).
The most „freaky“ and absurd video is definitely Freak Out-luv Ka The End, the first stop-motion in this genre ever. In the opening video for the film Luv Ka The End, ten Indian actors are communicating with the pictures on their T-Shirts…
And finally, we can’t forget the local representants. We still feel like home in Slovakia, that’s why the video Free To Be Me by the increasingly interesting duo OvéPictures is mentioned as local. Czech director Jana Hrušková is the author of the video called „Hope“, a song by Czech singer Karolína Kamberská. From the Turkish – Czech cooperation a video inspired by animation of unusual materials celebrating the spirit of Hermína Týrlová was born. Circus Love by Akile Nazli Kaye will have its Czech premiere at AniFest. Ginger breads and marzipan-hearts will be made alive…