Ottawa International Animation Festival Announces Winners

Oct 01, 2018 at 01:16 pm by Press Release


OTTAWA (September 29, 2018) - The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation film festival announced the winners of its 2018 competition today at an awards ceremony held at the National Gallery of Canada. The OIAF received a total of 2,469 entries from 84 countries and selected 110 for competition.

The Nelvana Grand Prize for Independent Short went to Solar Walk, by Réka Busic (Denmark). The Grand Prize for Features went to This Magnificent Cake! by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels (Belgium, France, Netherlands). This year’s Short, Feature and Young Audience Competition screenings were judged by three official juries.

  

Solar Walk - trailer from Reka Bucsi on Vimeo.

 

The Competition Feature Jury featured Chintis Lundgren, an award-winning Estonian-born animator, Steven Subotnick, an independent animator, director, illustrator and author. Chel White is the co-founder of Bent Image Labs and has done work for Saturday Night Live, David Lynch, Al Gore and Thom Yorke.

The Competition Short Jury included Nicolas Brault, is a Canadian award-winning director. Igor Prassel is a lecturer on the history and theory of animation film in Slovenia, an author and Artistic Director of Animateka. Kelly Sears is an award-winning experimental animator in collage. Her work has been screened around the world. She’s also Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

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The third and final jury is comprised of Ottawa-area children between the ages of eight and 12 who judged the Young Audiences: Preschool and Ages six to 12 Competitions.

This Magnificent Cake! / Ce Magnifique Gâteau ! (trailer) from New Europe Film Sales on Vimeo.



FULL COMPETITION PRIZE WINNER LIST

ANIMATION FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES COMPETITION: PRESCHOOL

  • Winner: Koniguri-Kun Music Box by Mari Miyazawa
  • Second Place: The Highway Rat by Jeroen Jaspaert

ANIMATION FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES COMPETITION AGES 6 TO 12

  • Winner: The Green Bird, by Maximilien Bourgeoi, Quentin Dubois, Irina Nguyen-Duc, Marine Goalard and Pierre Perveyrie
  • Second Place: Funny Fish, Krishna Chandran A. Nair

CANADIAN FILM INSTITUTE CANADIAN STUDENT COMPETITION

  • Winner: Bird Milk, Christopher Strickler, Emily Carr University
  • First Special Mention: Concatenate, Simone Northey, OCAD University
  • Second Special Mention: 1992, Una di Gallo, Sheridan College
  • Third Special Mention: GIF Me Something To Hold, Chhaya Naran, Emily Carr University

BEST CANADIAN ANIMATION

  • Winner: My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes by Charlie Tyrell
  • Special Mention: Turbine, by Alex Boya
  • Special Mention: Biidaaban, Amanda Strong

BEST SCRIPT

  • Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) by Amanda Strong, Canada

Jury Comment: “For script, the jury was looking for stories that urgently needed to be told in our time. We were struck by the layered and political narratives; ones that spanned the past, present and future in Amanda Strong’s Biidaaban.”

BEST DESIGN

  • III, by Marta Pajek, Poland

Jury Comment: “The jury was delighted by the luscious and haptic visual textures, feeling with our eyes the most delicate and sensuous details in III.”

BEST TECHNIQUE

  • Fest, Nikita Diakur, Germany

Jury Comment: “For making 3D animation a puppets theatre where ugly, possessed characters are raving their lives away…”

BEST SOUND

  • Ride, by Paul Bush, Portugal and United Kingdom

Jury Comment: “For bringing hundreds of museum bikes on the street again for letting us hear them!”

VIRTUAL REALITY

  • Nothing Happens, by Michelle Kranot and uri Kranot, Denmark and France

Jury Comment: “By adapting their film to a cinematic VR experience, the authors literally immerse us into their visual world.”

COMMISSIONED ANIMATION

  • Kensington Market, by Bruce Alcock, Canada

Jury Comment: “The jury was struck by the colorful and dynamic animation that depicted the vibrant growth of a community shop in Kensington Market.”

STUDENT ANIMATION

  • Hedge, by Amanda Bonaiuto, USA

Jury Comment: “For a risk-taking, delightfully animation technique and peculiar character design.”

NON-NARRATIVE ANIMATION

  • La Chute (The Fall) by Boris Labbé, France

Jury Comment: “For a formal exploration of a Dante-esque world that resonates through a precise and ornamental choreographic staging.”

CARTOON NETWORK AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

  • Guazuma, by Nara Normandie, France and Brazil

Jury Comment: “For a breathtaking and intimate journey through friendship that spans time and distance.”

VIMEO AWARD

  • My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, by Charlie Tyrell, Canada

Jury Comment: “Honest, funny, nostalgic and incredibly inventive, it tells the story of a young man sifting through his late father’s belongings in an attempt to uncover the intimate details of his life. A perfectly arranged menagerie of old film footage, audio recordings and meticulously crafted stop motion animation, it is a beautiful tribute to a complicated but loving and devoted father and son relationship.”

PUBLIC PRIZE

  • Facing It, by Sam Gainsborough, United Kingdom

FEATURE ANIMATION

  • Winner: This Magnificent Cake! by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels, Belgium, France, Netherlands
  • Special Mention: On Happiness Road by Hsin-Yin Sung

NELVANA GRAND PRIZE FOR SHORT ANIMATION

  • Solar Walk, by Réka Busic, Denmark

Jury Comment: “The Jury was enveloped by a playful animation that drifted outward, defying gravity. The colorful utopic world’s transports is far away from where bodies were sitting, that resulted in an overwhelming feeling of joy that evoked infinite possibility.”

 

Source: Ottawa International Animation Festival

 




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