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 COMPETITION - FEATURE FILM
- Grand Prix: Ruben Brandt, Collector by Milorad Krstić
- Funan by Denis Do
- Dušan Vukotić Award After by Matouš Valchář
CROATIAN FILM COMPETITION
- A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts by Morten Tšinakov and Lucija Mrzljak
VR PROJECT COMPETITION
- Accused #2 Walter Sisulu by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte
CHILDREN'S FILM COMPETITION
- Big Wolf and Little Wollf by Rémij Durin
- weet Night by Lij Bertels
MR. M. AUDIENCE AWARD
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
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.
Flut / Flood
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.
Sans objets / NO Objects
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.
Piat minut do moria / Five Minutes to the Sea
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.
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.
Si So Mi
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.
Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson
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.
Ruben Brandt,a gyűjtő / Ruben Brandt, Collector
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.
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.
O tom co potom / After
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
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.
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
Róma Bukása / The Fall of Rome
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