Annecy Animation Festival 2011 the award winners

There were 223 films in competition and 7,000 accredited visitors at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in July 2011. British animators gained two awards; Grant Orchard got the Junior Jury Award for a short film for A Morning Stroll and Mikey Please got a Special Distinction in the graduation films section for The Eagleman Stag.

Feature film winners

The Cristal for best feature

Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat – 2009)

A rabbi, his daughter and a talking cat. Crazy Russians dreaming of the promised land, and Algeria, Africa and the promise of adventure. Drawing on paper and 2D computer.

Directed by Joann SFAR and Antoine DELESVAUX, France.

Special Distinction
• Audience Award

Colorful (2010)

A spirit wins the chance to live a second time and learn from its mistakes. It is transferred into the body of a teenager who has recently committed suicide. He will slowly understand the sense of this experiment. Drawing on paper ans 2D/3D computer.

Directed by Keiichi HARA, Japan.

Short film winners

The Annecy Cristal

Pixels (2009)

The invasion of New York by creatures of 8 bits! Live action and 2D/3D computer.

Directed by Patrick JEAN, France.

Special Jury Award

Big Bang Big Boom (2010)

A short unscientific film about evolution and its possible consequences. Technique – painting on walls.

Directed by BLU, Italy.

“Jean-Luc Xiberras” Award for a first film

Świteź, la Cité perdue (The Lost Town of Świteź – 2010)

An accidental traveller, drawn by mysterious forces, discovers the secret of a ghostly town which lies at the bottom of a forgotten lake. 3D computer.

Directed by Kamil POLAK, Poland, France, Canada, Switzerland, Denmark.

Special Distinction

Paths Of Hate (2010)

A short and thrilling tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul. 3D computer.

Directed by Damian NENOW, Poland.

Sacem Award for original music

Maska (2010)

Beautiful Duenna was created in order to carry out a certain mission. However, she will be forced to choose… Puppets.

Directed by Timothy QUAY and Stephen QUAY, Poland.

Junior Jury Award for a short film

A Morning Stroll (2011)

When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we’re left to wonder which one is the real city slicker. 2D/3D computer.

Directed by Grant ORCHARD, Great Britain.

Audience Award
• Fipresci Award

Luminaris (2011)

In a world controlled and timed by light, a common man has a plan that could change destiny. Animated objects, pixilation, photos.

Directed by Juan Pablo ZARAMELLA, Argentina.

Graduation film winners

Award for best graduation film
• Junior Jury Award for a graduation film

Plato (2010)

Falling from a height, straight somersaults, high altitudes and zig-zagging lines. Little chap, where is your cube? Between the distortion of reality and the rigour of imagination, welcome to “Plato”. Drawing on paper.

Directed by Léonard COHEN, ENSAD, France.

Special Jury Award

Trois petits points (2010)

A seamstress is waiting for her husband. 2D computer.

Directed by Lucrèce ANDREAE, Alice DIEUDONNÉ, Tracy NOWOCIEN, Florian PARROT, Ornélie PRIOUL, Rémy SCHAEPMAN, Gobelins, France.

Special Distinction

The Eagleman Stag (2010)

Peter discovers that if you say the word “fly” for long enough it sounds like you’re saying “life”. Though this is of no real help. Puppets, animated objects, after effects.

Directed by Mikey PLEASE, Royal College of Art, Great Britain.

A full list of winners can be found at www.annecy.org.

The next Annecy International Animation Film Festival will take place from 4th to 9th June 2012.

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