Hiroshima 2010 Animation Festival winners announced

UK animators won two prizes at the Hiroshima 2010 International Animation Festival.

A Family Portrait by UK director Joseph Pierce

The Debut Prize went to “A Family Portrait” by UK director Joseph Pierce for Fiftynine Productions. The jury commented that “this film was chosen for its use of humour to express a very tense situation. Its strong graphic style emphasises the equally strong narrative.”

A Special International Jury Prize went to UK director Philip Hunt for “Lost and Found” made at Studio AKA Ltd. The jury commented that it was an “outstanding combination of storyline, direction, animation and art work. This film is great”.

Lost and Found by UK director Philip Hunt.

The Grand Prix went to “Angry Man” directed by Anita Killi for Trollflm AS in Norway. The jury said they “chose this beautifully made mixed media film not only for its important social comment but for the engaging way the story is told.”

Angry Man directed by Anita Killi in Norway

The Hiroshima Prize was awarded to “Divers In The Rain” directed by Priit Pärn and Olga Pärn of Estonia for the Eesti Joonisfilm Studio. The jury said they chose this film for its rich artistic style. “It touches us, makes us laugh and makes us think. It’s a complex and beautiful film which deserves to win.”

Divers In The Rain directed by Priit Pärn and Olga Pärn of Estonia

The jury Chairperson, Vivien Halas, said the jury had a hard time narrowing down the number of films and there was livery discussion as each of us defended our favourite films. “We evolved a very democratic system of voting and in the end we were united in our choice of winners. For the Special Prizes, we agreed that each of us would select our favourite film out of those so far without a prize. Our criteria was based on the design, animation techniques, sound track and of course innovation and creativity. Thank you for all your hard work and such good films. It has been a pleasure to watch them.”

The complete list of winners can be seen at the Hiroshima Animation Festival website.

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