The 14th edition of ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival, an Oscar® qualifying event, has just come to an end. Just like in 2020, the event was organised both on-site and online, due to Covid restrictions. During the 7 days of the festival, audiences watched hundreds of animations from all over the world and attended tens of meetings.
Thursday's Award Ceremony was broadcast live on the Festival's Facebook and YouTube channels.
Here are the winners of the 14th ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival!
The members of the Short Film Competition Jury of the 14th ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival, Dina Velikovskaya, Krzesimir Dębski and Mike Johnson, selected the following winners:
GRAND PRIX / Golden Pegasus / PLN 45,000 (before tax)
Souvenir Souvenir, Bastien Dubois, France 2020 15'00
The jury says: A heart-breaking story, beautifully captured in high-contrast forms illustrating the burden of remembrance that divides and unites a family across generations.
2nd Prize / Silver Pegasus / PLN 15,000 (before tax)
Folie douce, folie dure / Mild madness, lasting lunacy, Marine Laclotte, France, 2020, 18'00
The jury says: A documentary that uses blurred lines to draw a portrait of the most vulnerable and the most unnoticed among us.
3rd Prize / Bronze Pegasus / PLN 10,000 (before tax)
Książę w cukierni / Prince in a pastry shop, Katarzyna Agopsowicz, Poland, 2020, 16'00
The jury says: A yummy piece, and a sweet illustration of the price we pay for Happiness.
Best Music Film / Best Music / PLN 5,000 (before tax)
Family Name in The Pocket, Stepan Koval, Ukraine, 2019, 13'14
The jury says: The film features music by Mykola Lysenko to remind us about the tragedy of the Soviet era.
SPECIAL AWARDS: Best Student Film / PLN 1,000 (before tax)
Amayi Subarna Das, India, 2020, 4'57
The jury says: Inspired by traditional Indian art, this bold student film exposes brutal customs and their female victims.
Wojciech Juszczak Special Award for Outstanding Artistic Value presented by Marcin Giżycki, the Artistic Director / PLN 5,000 (before tax)
Push This Button if You Begin to Panic, Gabriel Böhmer, United Kingdom 2020, 11'00
We appreciate the genuine form and innovative use of cut-out animation conveying an important message.
Audience Award for the Best Short Film
Mind My Mind, Floor Adams, Netherlands 2019, 29,40"
Please note that the winner of the Grand Prix in the Main Competition is on a fast track to the coveted Oscar nomination.
The members of the Feature Film Competition Jury of the 14th ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival, Anna Mantzaris, Gina Kamentsky, and Tomasz Popakul, rewarded the following artists:
Best Feature Film Award / PLN 35,000 (before tax)
Zabij to i wyjedź z tego miasta / Kill It and Leave This Town, Tomasz Wilczyński, Poland, 2020, 88’00
The jury says: Uncompromised, personal, and emotionally intense. Bitter and melancholic. It reflects the human longing for closeness and reminds us that animation is first of all a visual artistic medium.
Audience Award for the Best Feature Film
My Favorite War, Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen, Norway, Latvia 2020, 82’00
The members of the Animated Series Competition Jury of the 14th ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival, Tomasz Popakul, Gina Kamentsky, Anna Mantazris, awarded a prize of 5,000 (before tax) to:
„The Other Way Wolf”, Ira Elshansky, Russia, 2020, 11'00
The jury says: A timeless, touching and sincere film. A good laugh for children and grown-ups alike. The characters are credible, the animation is charming, and the storyline is smart and heart-warming.
JURY'S SPECIAL MENTION
„Storie zitte”, Simone Angelini, Italy, 2020, 4'30
The jury says: Minimalist, brilliant, sharp and nimble, with an absurdly graphic sense of humour.
The members of the ANIMATOR.PL Polish Animated Film Competition Jury of the 14th ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival, Andrzej Orzechowski, Marta Pajek, Joanna Quinn, Anna Sajewicz, and Paulina Zacharek decided as follows:
GRAND PRIX – GOLDEN ANIMUSZ – POLISH FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION'S AWARD / PLN 15,000
„Pięć Minut Starsza” / „Five Minutes Older”, reż. Sara Szymańska, 2020, 5'57
The jury says: A sincere look at a love/hate relationship between two sisters, combining a vivid, punk rock style with an intimate animation, full of in-depth observation.
2nd PRIZE – SILVER ANIMUSZ – POLISH FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION'S AWARD / PLN 10,000
Miłość w czasach gospodarki opartej na węglu / Love in times of coal-based economy, Tomasz Siwiński, 2021, 12'
The jury says: In recognition of an epic, operatic story that combines surrealism with socialist-realist inspirations
3rd PRIZE – BRONZE ANIMUSZ
Dog's Field, Michalina Musialik, 2020, 11'48
The jury says: A visually sublime, moving story with a powerfully structured narrative. Not only for dog lovers.
Książę w cukierni / Prince in a pastry shop, Katarzyna Agopsowicz, 2020, 16'00
The jury says: A beautiful, elegant and classic animation, where a good sense of humour meets profound philosophical reflection.
Pusty pokój / Empty room, Jakub Baniak, 2020, 15'30
The jury says: A novel use of CGI, pulling the viewer into an intense, claustrophobic cycle of activity.
GOLDEN ANIMUSZ - AUDIENCE AWARD FOR THE BEST POLISH FILM
Dog's Field, Michalina Musialik, Poland 2020, 11'48"
SCREENINGS OF ANIMATOR 2021 WINNERS
15 JULY 2021 / THURSDAY
10:00 p.m. - winning shorts - Polish Competition and International Animated Series Competition / online
16 July 2021 / FRIDAY
5:00 p.m. winning feature / online
5:00 p.m. winning feature / Muza Cinema
7:00 p.m. - winning shorts - International Competition / online
7:00 p.m. - winning shorts - Polish Competition and International Animated Series Competition / Muza Cinema
9:00 p.m. winning feature - Audience Award / online
9:00 p.m. - winning shorts - International Competition / Muza Cinema
9:00 p.m. winning feature - Audience Award / Open Courtyard of the Poznań City Council
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