‘Reruns’ by Rosto Wins ANIMA 2019 Grand Prix

The 38th edition of ANIMA, the Brussels International Animation Film Festival came to a close Sunday evening in Flagey’s Studio 4 with a festive closing ceremony, which opened with a performance of Winsor McCay’s famous Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) before the announcements of the winning films, and closed with the premiere of Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier’s latest stop-motion misadventure, The Agricultural Fair.

This year’s festival showed a 1,000 person attendance increase, pulling in some 46,000 visitors (including 32,000 from Brussels). There were a total of 763 badge-holders, as well as more than 60 international guests from 20 different countries — including the U.S., Japan and Egypt — presenting films or taking part in the Futuranima conference.

The jury for the international competition – Maureen Furniss (U.S.), Hisko Hulsing (NL) and Jakob Schuh (DE) – awarded the Grand Prix to the recently deceased Dutch filmmaker Rosto for Reruns, “an explosive cocktail of live pictures reworked in 3D and an invitation into the artist’s mind and especially his childhood memories.” The Festival dedicated its closing ceremony to the artist, whose innovative works had often been part of the annual event. The Anima 2019 Grand Prix comes with a grant of 2,500 Euros offered by the Région de Bruxelles-Capitale and is an Emile Awards and Academy Award-qualifying prize.

Next year’s Anima is set to take place in Brussels from Friday, February 21 to Sunday, March 1, 2020. Learn more at www.animafestival.be.

ANIMA 2019 winners:

Jury Awards

Grand Prix for Best International Short Film
RERUNS, Rosto (France/Netherlands/Belgium)

Creative Revelation Award (2,500€ provided by the Korean Cultural Centre)
GRAND BASSIN, Héloïse Courtois, Victori Jalabert, Chloé Plat, Adèle Raigneau (France)

Special Jury Award
JE SORS ACHETER DES CIGARETTES, Osman Cerfon (France)

Award for Best Student Short Film
BLOEM?, Jorn Leeuwerink (Netherlands)

Special Mention
SISTER, Siqi Song (China)

Youth Jury (Ceci n’est pas un Buzz and Ouftivi)

Award for Best Short Film for Children
ONE SMALL STEP, Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas (United States/China)

Special Mention
ROBOTEN OCH VALEN, Jonas Forsman (Sweden)

Audience Awards

Audience Award for Best Animated Feature
FUNAN, Denis Do (France/Belgium/Luxembourg/Cambodia)

Audience Award for Best Animated Feature for Children
STUBBY, Richard Lanni (France/Canada/United States/Ireland)

Audience Award for Best Short Film
MIND MY MIND, Floor Adams (Netherlands/Belgium)

Audience Award for Short Film for Children
ONE SMALL STEP, Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas (United States/China)

Animation Night Audience Award for Best Short Film
BLOODY FAIRY TALES, Tereza Kovandová (Czech Republic)

Partner Awards

BeTV Award for Best Animated Feature of the official selection (acquisition of broadcasting rights)
RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR, Milorad Krsti? (Hungary)

Press Award for Best Short Film (UPCB and UCC)
IMPOSSIBLE FIGURES AND OTHER STORIES III, Marta Pajek (Poland)

NATIONAL COMPETITION
Jury Awards

Award for Best Belgian Short Film, provided by Sabam (2,500€)
NUIT CHERIE, Lia Bertels (Belgium)

Grand Prix for Best Short of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, provided by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (2,500€)
SOUS LE CARTILAGE DES CÔTES, Bruno Tondeur (Belgium)

Author Award provided by SACD (2,500€)
ROBO, Leo Becker (Belgium)

Partner Awards
BeTV Award (acquisition of broadcasting rights)
SOUS LE CARTILAGE DES CÔTES, Bruno Tondeur (Belgium)

RTBF – La Trois Award (acquisition of broadcasting rights)
FROM THE SNOW-COVERED HILL, Matty Jorissen & Wijnand Driessen (Belgium/Netherlands)

Cinergie Award (Electronic Press Kit)
ROBO, Leo Becker (Belgium)

VR COMPETITION

Best VR Short Film Award
GLOOMY EYES, Fernando Maldonado & Jorge Tereso (France/Argentina)

Audience Award for Best VR Short Film
LE CRI, Sandra Paugam & Charles Ayats (France)

Bloody Fairy Tales

Bloody Fairy Tales

Gloomy Eyes

Gloomy Eyes

Nuit Cherie

Nuit Cherie

One Small Step

One Small Step

Ruben Brandt, Collector

Ruben Brandt, Collector

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

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Darts-Players let rip in flatulence row at Grand Slam of Darts

(Reuters) – Players set more than just their arrows flying at the Grand Slam of Darts this week, with opponents rowing over who had emitted noxious smells during their match, media reported on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO: Gary Anderson in action at the Betway Premier League Darts 2016 competition at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Britain, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Action Images/Peter Cziborra/File Photo

Twice world champion Scotsman Gary Anderson, 47, won Friday’s match 10-2 to reach the quarter-finals but his Dutch opponent Wesley Harms, 34, said he was affected by the “fragrant smell” Anderson had left as they played.

“It’ll take me two nights to lose this smell from my nose,” Harms told Dutch television station RTL7L.

However, world number 4 Anderson said the smell had come “from the table side” at the Aldersley Leisure Village venue, in the English Midlands town of Wolverhampton, suggesting it was from the crowd.

“If the boy thinks I’ve farted he’s 1,010 percent wrong. I had a bad stomach once on stage before and admitted it. So I’m not going to lie about farting on stage,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

“Every time I walked past there was a waft of rotten eggs so that’s why I was thinking it was him. It was bad. It was a stink, then he started to play better and I thought he must have needed to get some wind out.

“If somebody has done that they need to see a doctor. Seemingly he says it was me but I would admit it.”

In the Grand Slam of Darts, Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) players face competitors from the rival British Darts Organisation (BDO).

PDC chairman Barry Hearn, who has helped transform a sport which now attracts sell-out crowds, told the BBC the controversy was “unique” in his experience of professional darts.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever heard of such a contentious – almost contagious – incident,” he said.

“Something doesn’t smell right. There is nothing worse than a silent fart. This could run and run.”

“On a slightly more serious note, this is a top-level competition involving highly skilled sportsmen – so we have no intention of renaming the event the ‘Grand Slam of Farts’ as some have suggested,” added Hearn.

Anderson faces German Michael Unterbuchner in the last eight.

Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Christian Radnedge

Reuters: Oddly Enough

Players let rip in flatulence row at Grand Slam of Darts

FILE PHOTO: Gary Anderson in action at the Betway Premier League Darts 2016 competition at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Britain, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Action Images/Peter Cziborra/File Photo

(Reuters) – Players set more than just their arrows flying at the Grand Slam of Darts this week, with opponents rowing over who had emitted noxious smells during their match, media reported on Saturday.

Twice world champion Scotsman Gary Anderson, 47, won Friday’s match 10-2 to reach the quarter-finals but his Dutch opponent Wesley Harms, 34, said he was affected by the “fragrant smell” Anderson had left as they played.

“It’ll take me two nights to lose this smell from my nose,” Harms told Dutch television station RTL7L.

However, world number 4 Anderson said the smell had come “from the table side” at the Aldersley Leisure Village venue, in the Midlands town of Wolverhampton, suggesting it was from the crowd.

“If the boy thinks I’ve farted he’s 1,010 percent wrong. I had a bad stomach once on stage before and admitted it. So I’m not going to lie about farting on stage,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

“Every time I walked past there was a waft of rotten eggs so that’s why I was thinking it was him. It was bad. It was a stink, then he started to play better and I thought he must have needed to get some wind out.

“If somebody has done that they need to see a doctor. Seemingly he says it was me but I would admit it.”

Anderson faces German Michael Unterbuchner in the last eight.

Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

Reuters: Oddly Enough

Clip: ‘Butterbean’s Café’ Has Grand Opening on Nickelodeon Monday

A tasty new visual feast for preschool viewers is coming to the table when Butterbean’s Café premieres Monday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. ET/PT. In the debut episode, “The Grand Opening!,” Butterbean and her friends work together to make the café’s first day in business a big success, while competing culinarian Ms. Marmalady (voiced by Alysia Reiner of Orange Is the New Black) attempts to throw them off track.

Butterbean’s Café will air weekdays at 12:30 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon following the premiere.

Created by Robert Scull and Jonny Belt (Bubble Guppies), the series showcases creative cooking and features a curriculum with social-emotional lessons that highlight kindness and gratitude, and leadership skills. Little chef Butterbean, her fairy friends — Dazzle, Poppy and Jasper — and her little sister, Cricket, take pride in serving up healthy snacks and sweet treats to their neighbors in Puddlebrook. Butterbean’s special magic beans, the fairies’ enchanted kitchen tools and the team’s can-do spirit all combine to make their cafe the most awesome eatery in town.

Butterbean's Café

Butterbean’s Café

Butterbean's Café

Butterbean’s Café

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Ottawa Int’l Animation Fest 2018 Winners: ‘Solar Walk’ Wins Grand Prize

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).

Solar Walk – trailer from Reka Bucsi on Vimeo.

Ce magnifique Gâteau ! – teaser from Marc and Emma on Vimeo.

This year’s Short, Feature and Young Audience Competition screenings were judged by three official juries. 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.

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.

A selection of the Festival’s award-winning films will be screened on Sunday, September 30th at 7PM and again at 9PM in the Best of OIAF18, screening at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau Street). Tickets are available online at www.animationfestival.ca and can also be purchased at the box office.

Full Competition Prize Winners 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

My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes

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 out 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!”

Nothing Happens

Nothing Happens

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 colourful 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

This Magnificent Cake

This Magnificent Cake

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

Solar Walk

Solar Walk

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 colourful utopic world’s transports is far away from where bodies were sitting, that resulted in an overwhelming feeling of joy that evoked infinite possibility.

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‘Ethel & Ernest’ Scores Double, Romanian Short Takes Grand Prize at Cinanima

Ethel & Ernest

Ethel & Ernest

The 41st edition of Portugal’s Cinanima International Animated Film Festival wrapped up this weekend in Espinho, bestowing the grand prize City of Espinho Award on Negulici Sergiu’s The Blissful Accidental Death, produced by Adriana Ionica of Romania’s Abis Studio. In the short, a man finds a drawing in an antique shop with a secret love letter from 70 years ago on the back. He takes an unusual journey to meet the author who has lived through some important events during the past century.

Roger Mainwood’s Ethel & Ernest (Lupus Films, UK) won both the Feature Film jury prize and the Audience Award. Voiced by Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway, the film is based on the award-winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs and follows the story of his own parents – two ordinary Londoners living through a period of extraordinary social change. The hand-drawn darling recently won prizes at the Bucheon and Cordoba animation fests.

Additional winners:

Jury’s Special Award: After All Michael Cusack (Australia)
Alves Costa Award (film under 5 min.): Husband and Wife. A Voitan Story – Mais Laas (Estonia)
– Special mention: Alternative Walk – Ivan Maximov (Russia)
Best Film (5 to 24 min.): Catherine – Britt Raes (Belgium)
– Honorable mentions: Surprise Paulo Patricio (Portugal), Drop by Drop – Laura Gonçalves and Xá (Portugal), Skin for Skin – Carol Beech and Kevin Kurytnik (Canada)
Gaston Roch Award (student film): Oh Mother! Paulina Ziolkowska (Poland)
Best Commissioned Film: Yellow Rose – Xin Li (Australia)
António Gaio Award (national competition): Drop by Drop – Laura Gonçalves and Xá (Portugal)
– Honorable mention: Surprise Paulo Patricio (Portugal)
Young Portuguese Director Award (under 18 y.o.): A Wolf Coming from Spain – Colectivo de Jovens das Oficinas da Anilupa da Associação de Ludotecas do Porto, Alunos do 8º ano da EB de Sendim
– Honorable mention: Strange Birds – Colectivo Voc B3 da EB Lousada Este – Caíde de Rei
Young Portuguese Director Award (18+) [TIE]: The Voyage – João Monteiro, Luís Vital and Ricardo Livramento; Undercat – Sara Marques and André Matos

The Blissful Accidental Death

The Blissful Accidental Death

Ethel & Ernest

Ethel & Ernest

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‘Hold Me’ Takes Slamdance Animation Grand Jury Prize

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The 23rd Slamdance Film Festival held its Park City awards ceremony Thursday night, honoring feature and short film winners with the 2017 Sparky Awards in the Audience, Jury and Sponsored Categories.

“Independent film is made beautiful not by those individual artists that form celebrity culture but by creative collaboration” said Slamdance Co-Founder and President, Peter Baxter. “At Slamdance this year we’ve experienced an entire program of beautiful independent film and the promise of great emerging artists continuing the legacy of what we set out to do. With our awards we honor several filmmakers yet we know and must acknowledge Slamdance has just been made stronger by everyone of them who has taken part.”

This year’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated Short was bestowed on US director Renee Zhan for her film Hold Me (Ca Caw Ca Caw), “For its brilliant, and nuanced portrait of power and control and the pain that this artists creates. This honest voice found a way to share a very private moment with a flawless combination of oppressed levity,” per the Jury.

An honorable mention by the jury went to Nari Jang of South Korea for My Father’s Room, which made its North American premiere at the festival. The jury called the film a “heartbreaking portrait of a girl’s broken relationship and the lifelong effects of growing up with an abusive father found a way to sear into its audience to look at the root of pain, asking us to reflect if we could ever escape its cloud. A complete and touching film.”

This year’s Slamdance Narrative Shorts and Animated Shorts jury prizes were selected by: filmmaker Sonia Albert Sobrino, Jeffrey Bowers (Vimeo, Sr, Curator), and filmmaker Malik Vitthal (Imperial Dreams).

Learn more at slamdance.com.

Slamdance Animated Shorts Grand Jury Prize winner Renee Zhan. Photo credit: Ian Stroud

Slamdance Animated Shorts Grand Jury Prize winner Renee Zhan. Photo credit: Ian Stroud

Hold Me (Ca Caw Ca Caw)

Hold Me (Ca Caw Ca Caw)

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‘Analysis Paralysis’ Wins Grand Prix at Encounters Fest

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The winners of the 2016 Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival have been announced, with 23 honors bestowed at the Awards Ceremony in Bristol, England. The Animated Grand Prix went to Latvia-born Swiss animator Anete Melece for her colorful, impressionistic film Analysis Paralysis.

Watershed’s DepicT! Award for 90-second films went to Petra Balkic’s bold animated piece Impacts. The Awards Ceremony at Encounters also bestowed two nominations, including a Cartoon d’Or nomination for David Dell’Edera for his suspenseful digital animation Balcony, which won a Jury Award at Annecy this year.

The Europe Film Association nomination went to Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor van der Meulen’s 9 Days from My Window in Aleppo. The live-action Grand Prix winner was Brady Hood for Sweet Maddie Stone. This year’s Encounters screened 231 films in competition over three days, and was attended by more than 150 nominated filmmakers.

2016 Encounters Animated Winners
(Full list of winners available here)

Animated Grand Prix
Analysis Paralysis by Anete Melece
(Switzerland, 2016)

Special mentions:
Here There by Alexander Stewart
OS Love by Luc Gut

Animated European Award
Don’t Lose Your Head by Karolina Specht
(Poland, 2015)

YellowDog Best of British Animation Award
Stems by Ainslie Henderson
(UK, 2015)

Children’s Award
Cats & Dogs by Jesús Peréz & Gerd Gockell
(Germany/Switzerland, 2015)

Cartoon d’Or Nominee
Balcony by David Dell’Edera
(Hungary, 2015)

DepicT! Award (and DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention)
Impacts by Petra Balekic
(Croatia, 2016)

Encounters / Show Me the Animation Anijam Award
Tiny Encounters by Dani Abram, Lauren Orme, Michael Ostrolenk, Christopher Wright
Cardiff Animation Nights

Analysis Paralysis

Analysis Paralysis

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‘J’Aime les Filles,’ ‘Louise’ Take Ottawa Grand Prizes

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The 40th anniversary edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival wrapped up this weekend, culminating in the 2016 awards ceremony held at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. The festival received a total of 2,311 entries from 86 different countries, whittled down to 80 shorts and seven feature films chosen for competition.

The Nelvana Grand Prize for Independent Short went to Diane Obomsawin’s home-grown J’Aime les Filles (“I Like Girls”), while the Grand Prize for Features went to Louise en Hiver by Jean-François Laguionie — the director previously took a Grand Prize at Ottawa in 1982 for La traversée de l’Atlantique à la rame.

The Competition Short Jury included animator Ann Marie Fleming, Brooke Keesling; Director of Animation Talent Development at Disney Television Animation; and animator Sarina Nihei, winner of the OIAF 2015 Grand Prize for Short Animation. The Competition Feature Jury included animation historian Giannalberto Bendazzi, former Grand Prize winner and animator Peter Millard, and animation director and optical effects specialist Elise Simard. A jury of Ottawa-area children aged 8-12 judged the Shorts and Series for Young Audiences Competition.

OIAF 2016 Award Winners

Nelvana Grand Prize for Independent Short Animation
J’Aime les Filles by Diane Obomsawin
(Canada, 2016)

Grand Prize for Best Animated Feature
Louise en Hiver by Jean-François Laguionie
(France/Canada, 2016)

Honorable Mention
Cafard by Jan Bultheel (Belgium/France/Netherlands)

Cartoon Network Award for Best Narrative Short Animation
Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev
(Canada, 2016)

Best Experimental or Abstract Animation
Suijun-Genten (Datum Point) by Ryo Orikasa
(Japan, 2015)

Best Undergraduate Animation
Cialo Obce (Foreign Body) by Marta Magnuska
(Poland, 2016)

Walt Disney Animation Award for Best Graduation Animation
Frankfurter Str. 99 by Evgenia Gostrer
(Germany, 2016)

Best Commissioned Animation
Honda “Paper” by PES
(USA, 2015)

Best Short Film Made for Young Audiences
Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service by Karim Rhellam & Kim Claeys
(Belgium, 2016)

Honorable Mentions:
Accidents, Blunders, Calamities by James Cunningham (New Zealand)
Novembre by Marjolaine Perreten (France)

Best Animated Series Made for Young Audiences
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas by Jay Grace
(UK, 2015)

Honorable Mentions:
Summer Camp Island by Julia Pott (USA)
Hey Duggee “The Omelette Badge” by Grant Orchard (UK)

Best Script:
Fired on Mars by Nick Vokey & Nate Sherman (USA, 2016)

Best Design:
The Absence of Eddy Table by Rune Spaans (Norway, 2016)

Best Animation Technique:
Velodrool by Sander Joon (Estonia, 2015)

Best Sound:
Squame by Nicolas Brault (Canada, 2015)

DHX Public Prize:
Fired on Mars by Nick Vokey & Nate Sherman (USA, 2016)

Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation:
Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev

Honorable Mentions:
4 min 15 sec au Revelateur by Moia Jobin-Paré
Begone Dull Care by Paul Johnson

VIA Rail Award for Best Canadian Student Animation:
Nihil by Khoebe Magsaysay (Sheridan College, 2016)

Honorable Mentions:
Der Tod Ist ein Dandy by Daniela Vargas (Vancouver Film School)
The Clitoris by Lori Malepart-Traversy (Concordia)
De Racines et de Chaines by Francis Lacelle & Robert M. Lepage (INIS)
Bouncing Blunders by William Martin (Sheridan College)

J'Aime les Filles

J’Aime les Filles

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People’s OC Grand Opening

With a decade of experience in the marijuana industry under their belt, the founders of People’s OC have seen countless operations come and go. Determined not to go down that same path, he set out to obtain all the required permits and licenses that would make his shop legit and keep it around for the long haul. Though it took a lot of determination, patience, and paperwork, People’s OC has opened the brick and mortar location that will serve as the company’s cornerstone for years to come.

A dispensary for the people

The facility itself is the biggest of its kind in California, with its beautiful and spacious interior housing a wide variety of consumables and accessories, and staffed with a passionate, knowledgeable team ready to recommend the industry’s highest quality medicines. Whether you’re looking for flowers, extract, edibles, or glass, People’s has the best daily deals around. Stop by their beautiful new shop to say hi, check out their selection, and People’s OC will become your new go-to dispensary in Orange County.

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‘Town Called Panic: Return to School’ Wins Shorts Grand Prize at NY Children’s Fest

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The New York International Children’s Film Festival has announced the winners of its 2016 edition, which was held in the Big Apple from February 26 to March 20. The 19th annual fest featured a special preview screening of Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince, over 25 visiting filmmakers from around the world, the Oscar-nominated World of Tomorrow from Don Hertzfeldt, and over 25,000 attendees.

The Grand Prize winners –determined by voting audience members age 18 and younger — were live-action Belgian feature Birds of Passage, directed by Olivier Ringer; and Vincent Patar & Stephane Aubier’s stop-motion animated short A Town Called Panic: Return to School (France/Belgium).

The 2016 Audience Awards all went to animated projects:

Ages 3-5 – Octopus, Julia Ocker (Germany)

Ages 6-11 – The Visitors, Phillip Watts (Australia)

Ages 12-17 – A Town Called Panic: Return to School, Vincent Patar & Stephane Aubier (France/Belgium)

Grown-Ups – One, Two, Tree, Yulia Aronova (France)

And the Jury Award winners were:

Best Animated Short – Under Your Fingers, Marie-Christine Courtes (France) and My Grandfather Was a Cherry Tree, Olga & Tatiana Poliektova (Russia)

Live Action Short – In the Sea Where I Was Born, Isabel Achaval & Chiara Bondi (Italy) and I Am Yup’ik, Daniele Anastasion & Nathan Golon (USA).

A Town Called Panic: Return to School

A Town Called Panic: Return to School

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420 Central’s Grand Opening Weekend Celebration

Marijuana.com is thrilled to welcome a new and totally legal medical dispensary to our back yard. 420 Central is a cannabis palace, a shop designed to be unlike anything else in the area. The ownership group behind the business spent the last 15-months working hard to secure their remarkable shop in Santa Ana, California. Now, the long wait is finally over.

Visually, the shop is stunning. 420 Central has an enormous lobby with an abundance of comfortable seating in a super clean and modern environment. The bud room is separated from the lobby by a massive glass wall that creates a completely open and welcoming environment throughout the building. 420 Central feels a whole lot more like a South Coast Plaza boutique than your standard medical marijuana dispensary. With an ownership group that includes industry veteran Chubbs, from AskChubbs.com, this shop will always be stocked to the gills with the top connoisseur’s brands like Moxie, West Coast Cure, Gentlemen’s Cut, NUGGETRY and King Concepts.

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The 4,000sq. ft. medical dispensary is only the first phase of a far bigger dream. Once the law allows, which really isn’t that far away (fingers crossed), 420 Central will be able to use their entire 25,000sq. ft. facility to embark on a seed-to-sale experience for future recreational consumers. A few short years down the line and 420 Central will be Santa Ana’s top cultivation destination.

In honor of their Grand Opening Weekend, all patients will receive a Golden Ticket for the “Win an Oz. Daily Drawing.” 420 Central will be giving gift bags to the first 100 patients on Saturday. In addition to 25% off Nexus Glass, first time patients receive 7 Gram ? on Rob’s Reserve or a free gram of their choice. With 4.20 Gram ? on all strains and giveaways that are practically growing off of trees in the bud room, it’s going to be an event you won’t want to miss.

420 Central invites the medical marijuana community to come enjoy some great food on Saturday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and good music all weekend long. Be sure to say hello to Weedmaps on Saturday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. You can stay up-to-date with all of of 420 Central’s news on Instagram.

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South Coast Safe Access: OC’s First Fully Legal Marijuana Shop Celebrates Grand Opening

Marijuana.com is very proud to to welcome Orange County’s first ever fully licensed marijuana dispensary, South Coast Safe Access. This state-of-the-art shop’s legal opening is a bit of a historic event for Orange County, a piece of tangible evidence that shows the how far attitudes are evolving out here in our beautiful neck of the woods.

While medical marijuana has been permitted in in California since 1996, when voters passed Proposition 215, federal laws have been enforced to shut down numerous dispensaries and delivery services over the years. In 2007 the Santa Ana City Council members voted unanimously to pass a measure outlawing storefront medical marijuana dispensaries altogether, however the council did leave a door cracked open for patients to receive their medicine through hospitals and state-licensed care centers. These measures and laws created a rather confusing grey area that has led to numerous shops getting shut down and prosecuted, often to the fullest extent of federal law. Thanks to Measure BB, these dark days are behind us, and we couldn’t be happier to see South Coast Safe Access leading the charge with their new state-of-the-art shop that’s been designed to give patients a true Ritz Carlton experience.

Owner Derek Worden and his partners were one of only 20 “golden ticket” lottery winners selected for the opportunity to apply for a license to open a legal medical marijuana storefront in Santa Ana. The South Coast Safe Access group is the very first operation to make it through the city’s rigorous vetting process, and they’re throwing a huge kick off party in celebration of this important milestone. SCSA is ready to open its doors and begin serving Orange County’s patient needs.

On Saturday, August 15 SCSA’s patient appreciation day and grand opening celebration event will offer:

  • First 300 patients get 50% off everything up to $ 100 (doors open @ 10:00am)
  • Raffles for an exclusive gift basket
  • Gourmet Coffee & Nekter @ 9:00am
  • Chronic Tacos & T.K. Burgers from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Make sure you stop by the Weedmaps tent between 10:00am and 4:00pm so we can hook you up with some fresh gear! Remember to check out SCSA’s Weedmenu on Weedmaps before you head out!

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South Coast Safe Access
1900 Warner Ave. Ste. A
Santa Ana, CA
(949) 474-7272

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‘World of Tomorrow’ Snags Sundance Grand Jury Prize

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The Sundance Film Festival has awarded this year’s Short Film Grand Jury Prize to indie animator Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow. The short made its premiere during the festival’s opening night last week and is about a little girl who is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future. World of Tomorrow came out on top of the 60 films selected out of over 8,000 submissions for this year’s competition.

Congratulations are also due to French director Paul Cabon, who won the Short Film Jury Award for Animation with his delightfully chaotic film Storm Hits Jacket (Tempeste sur anorak). The film follows two young scientists caught up in a maelstrom of espionage, romantic tension and mysterious events as a storm engulfs the shores of Brittany.

The shorts prizes were juried by K.K. Barett, Alia Shawkat and Autumn de Wilde. The winners will be feted at the feature film awards ceremony hosted by Tig Notaro on January 31.

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Animation Magazine