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The Winners of Animafest Zagreb 2019.

Animafest Zagreb 2019.

Animafest Zagreb 2019.

The 29th World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb 2019 closed on 8 Jun with an award ceremony at Tuškanac cinema. After over 400 screened films and many side events in six festival days, the most festive moment came – the best authors and films were announced.

The Grand Competition – Short Film jury consisting of Boris Labbé, Ruth Lingford, Michaela Müller, Tünde Vollenbroek and Chen Xi decided to give the Grand Prix to the Polish film Acid Rain by Tomek Popakul, produced by Animoon production company.

The same jury presented the Golden Zagreb Award for creativity and innovative artistic achievement to Michael Frei for Kids (Switzerland, Playables production company).

The Zlatko Grgić Award for best first film made apart from an education institution went to the German film Flood by Malte Stein.

According to the Grand Competition – Feature Film jury consisting of Frank Gladstone, Dine Goder and Dalibor Barić, Grand Prix went to the Hungarian film Ruben Brandt, Collector by Milorad Krstić.

The joint jury of the Student and Croatian Film Competition consisting of Nikita Diakur, Vasco Sá and Bruno Razum decided to give the Dušan Vukotić Award for best student film to the Czech film After by Matouš Valchář, made at the Ladislav Sutnar University of Design and Art of Western Bohemia. The € 1000 cash prize is sponsored by Zagrebačka banka.

The best film in the Croatian Film Competition is A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts by Morten Tšinakov and Lucija Mrzljak, an Estonian-Croatian co-production (Eesti Joonisfilm and Adriatic Animation), also winning a € 1000 cash prize sponsored by the Croatian Directors’ Association.

The winner of the newly established VR Project Competition was selected by a jury of David Doutel, Marc Betrand and Milan Gostimir. Their award went to the French piece Accused #2 Walter Sisulu by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte.

The winners in the Children’s Film Competition were chosen by Nina Bukovina, Sven Fritz, Lara Grgec, Vigo Urbanke and Grgur Valkaj. Their award went to Big Wolf, Little Wolf  by Rémi Durin (France-Belgium).

Finally, the Mr M. Audience Award for best film in Short Competition also went to Tomek Popakul for Acid Rain and in Feature Competition to Denis Do for Funan.

The 30th World Festival of Animated Film takes place 8-13 June 2020.

Read more about Animafest 2019. at official web: Animafest Zagreb.


THE GRAND COMPETITION - SHORT FILM

- Grand Prix: Acid Rain by Tomek Popakul
- Golden Zagreb Award: Kids  by Michael Frei
- Zlatko Grgić Award: Flood by Malte Stein

SPECIAL MENTIONS

- No Objects by Moïa Jobin-Paré
- Five minutes to sea by Natalija Mirzoyan
- Roughhouse by Jonathan Hodgson
- Si So Mi by Xu-Zhan Zhang
- Imbued Life by Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson

GRAND COMPETITION - FEATURE FILM

- Grand Prix: Ruben Brandt, Collector by Milorad Krstić

SPECIAL MENTION

- Funan by Denis Do

STUDENT COMPETITION

Dušan Vukotić Award After by Matouš Valchář

SPECIAL MENTIONS

- Happy Ending by EunJu Ara Choi
- Love at the Crossroads by Hee-seung Choia

CROATIAN FILM COMPETITION

AWARDED FILM

- A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts by Morten Tšinakov and Lucija Mrzljak

SPECIAL MENTIONS

- Imbued Life by Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson
- The Fall of Rome by Balász Turaij

VR PROJECT COMPETITION

-  Accused #2 Walter Sisulu by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte

CHILDREN'S FILM COMPETITION

AWARDED FILM

- Big Wolf and Little Wollf by Rémij Durin

SPECIAL MENTION

- weet Night by Lij Bertels

MR. M. AUDIENCE AWARD

AWARDED FILMS

- Acid Rain by Tomek Popakul
- Funan by Denis Do

Awarded Films

Kisela kiša (Acid Rain) Tomeka Popakula

Acid Rain
Tomek Popakul

Production: Animoon

Grand Prix: The statement said that Acid Rain takes us through some extreme adventures in a way that is sometimes uncomfortable, but always compelling. The filmmaker creates a complex and convincing central protagonist and allows us to identify with her risky quest for intensity and experience – said the jurors.
Mr M. Audience Award for best film in Short Competition

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Kids Michael Frei

Kids
Michael Frei

Production: Playables

Golden Zagreb Award for creativity and innovative artistic achievement: Jury pointed out that character animation normally takes a lot of planning and stages, but for this particular film, its creator found other, unique ways to create movement. He used coding and interaction, to play with group processes and the way people influence each other. This use of interactivity allowed the filmmaker to shape not only his creative process, but also the final outcome: a fitting visual logic for his film – said the jury.

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Kisela kiša (Acid Rain) Tomeka Popakula

Flut / Flood
Malte Stein

Production: Independent Animation

Zlatko Grgić Award for best first film made apart from an education institution: A surrealist film shows an ugly world where a young man is trying to escape his condition as a dominated person. The dark sense of humour combined with a very particular use of sound and animation give us a unique experience, often uncomfortable, but always fascinating – said the statement.

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Kids Michael Frei

Sans objets / NO Objects
Moïa Jobin-Paré

Production: National Film Board of Canada

Special mention by Boris Labbé: Because of choreographs different everyday gestures shown in a very tactile way. The surface of the film also records and superimposes the animator’s own gestures in scratching and painting. This is a unique audiovisual experience – said Labbé.

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Kisela kiša (Acid Rain) Tomeka Popakula

Piat minut do moria / Five Minutes to the Sea
Natalia Mirzoyan

Production: Petersburg Animation Studio

Special mention by Ruth Lingford: A beautifully observed, and deeply felt piece of humanistic filmmaking. The filmmaker reminds us of what it is like to be a child, and the subjective elasticity of time – said Lingford.

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Kids Michael Frei

Roughhouse
Jonathan Hodgson

Production: Hodgson Films; Papy3D Productions

Special mention by Michaela Müller: The film takes a stand for solidarity among friends, even if they test your patience to the limit. Drawing on what they learnt from a childhood game gone wrong, they find the strength to help each other and stand up to the bully. Skilful dramaturgy and narration allow us to identify with and care about the characters – wrote Müller.

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Kisela kiša (Acid Rain) Tomeka Popakula

Si So Mi
Zhang Xu-Zhan

Production: Juju Chan, Xu-Zhan Zhang

Special mention by Tünde Vollenbroek: This film is one of the simple pleasures in life. Its playful design pulled me into its world immediately. And with its quirky characters and morbid ritual, the film is surprising and utterly delightful.

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Kids Michael Frei

Imbued Life
Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson

Production: Bonobostudio

Chen Xi gave his special mention to the Croatian film Imbued Life, saying that through its imagery and mise-en-scene of dissolution and embodiment, disappearance and emergence, powerfully conveys feelings, both painful and seductive, of alienation.

Special mention in Croatian film competition: A tactile and well-crafted film about the mystery of the relationship between human and nature – said the statement.

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Kisela kiša (Acid Rain) Tomeka Popakula

Ruben Brandt,a gyűjtő / Ruben Brandt, Collector
Milorad Krstić

Production: Ruben Brandt Llc

Grand Competition – Feature Film Grand Prix: The jury gave the award to a film that plays with the notion of fine art. This entertaining, out-of-the-ordinary view is satirical while at the same time respects the classical art at the centre of the story. For a well scripted detective yarn, cleverly thought out, wonderfully written with imaginative direction, eclectic music score and a design sense that takes chances and is not beholding to anything that has come before – said the statement.

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Kids Michael Frei

Funan
Denis Do

Production: Les films d’ici; Lunanime Bvba; BAC Films; Webspider Productions; Ithinkasia

Special mention:  A film that could not be more different in subject or tone from our Grand Prize recipient.  Set in the time of the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror in Cambodia, this is a heartrending story of love, loss, sacrifice, the will to survive and the human capability for good and evil, as seen through the eyes of one family, especially the mother, Cho. It also asks us to remember these terrible times, lest we forget and repeat the same inhumanity over again – said the jury.
Mr M. Audience Award for best film in Feature Competition.

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Kisela kiša (Acid Rain) Tomeka Popakula

O tom co potom / After
Matouš Valchář

Dušan Vukotić Award for best student film:  A raw and direct film about a delicate subject that concerns each and every one of us – said the explanation. The € 1000 cash prize is sponsored by Zagrebačka banka.

Production: Fakulta designu a umění Ladislava Sutnara / University of West Bohemia

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Kids Michael Frei

Happy Ending
EunJu Ara Choi

Production: Royal College of Art

Special mention: Happy Ending is an intimate story about the search for feelings and pleasure in a place where these are hard to find, and Love at the Crossroads seems naive and simple, but in fact is a surprising take on young love and compromise.

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Kisela kiša (Acid Rain) Tomeka Popakula

사랑은 꿈과 현실의 외길목에서 / Love at the Crossroads 
Hee-seung Choi

Special mention: The film seems naive and simple, but in fact is a surprising take on young love and compromise.

Production: Korea National University of Arts

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Kids Michael Frei

Briljantsuse demonstratsioon neljas vaatuses / A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts
Lucija Mrzljak, Morten Tšinakov

The best film in the Croatian Film Competition: also winning a € 1000 cash prize sponsored by the Croatian Directors’ Association. An enigmatic puzzle that falls into place to reveal the absurdity of our constant desire for entertainment – said the award statement for Morten Tšinakov and Lucija Mrzljak.

Production: Eesti Joonisfilm

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Kisela kiša (Acid Rain) Tomeka Popakula

Róma Bukása / The Fall of Rome
Balázs Turai

Special mention in the Croatian Film Competition: An immersive story about a coming of age family stuck in a surreal and apocalyptic world – said the decision about the award to the best Croatian minority co-production.

Production: Boddah, Adriatic Animation

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Kids Michael Frei

VR Accused #2 Walter Sisulu
Nicolas Champeaux i Gilles Porte

Production: La Générale de Production

VR Project Competition.

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Kids Michael Frei

Grand Loup & Petit Loup / Big Wolf and Little Wollf
Rémi Durin

Production: Les Films du Nord

The winner in the Children’s Film Competition.

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Kisela kiša (Acid Rain) Tomeka Popakula

Nuit chérie / Sweet Night 
Lia Bertels

Production: Ambiances Asbl

Special mention in Children’s Film Competition.

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