‘Hors Piste’ Wins 2019 BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the winners of the 2019 BAFTA Student Film Awards, presented by Global Student Accommodation (GSA) in a gala ceremony and presentation on July 9 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

Following a record number of submissions for this year’s Awards, the finalists were selected from over 550 submissions by students at film schools in 38 countries across the world. The finalist filmmakers were from France, Norway, the Czech Republic, Lebanon, China, the U.K. and the U.S. Leading up to the awards ceremony, the finale week in L.A. also included a series of curated meetings, tours and industry experiences for the traveling filmmakers.

The BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation was awarded to Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert and Oscar Malet from École des Nouvelles Images, France for Hors Piste. The BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary was awarded to Ingrid Holmquist and Sana Malik from Columbia University for Guanajuato Norte. The BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action was awarded to Asher Jelinsky from American Film Institute for Miller & Son. The Special Jury Prize was presented to Rikke Gregersen from Kristiania University College, Norway for Dog Eat Dog.

“I was very surprised at how human every single story I saw was – everything from the documentaries to the live-action fiction to the animation, everything was so extremely human and personal. I cried with laughter and then I cried with tears of emotion just at how amazing they all were,” said Special Jury member Josh Cooley (director, Toy Story 4). “I’m not worried about the future of filmmaking at all. All I know is I’m gonna get stock in Kleenex because these films were so emotional in such great ways. I’m so honored to be here.”

“I think that across the board, the craftsmanship [of the films] was really high so that doesn’t surprise me, it excites me. It makes me feel hopeful for this new generation of filmmakers,” said Special Jury member Aurora Guerrero. “I think what sort of put me at ease and made me feel like ‘right on!’ was that a lot of the films tried to tell stories that have a social, cultural, political story to it, and I think that right now it’s something that is important to do with film.”

Additionally, the BAFTA-GSA Short Film Commissioning Grant was awarded to Drama Del Rosario from New York Film Academy for his documentary, I’m Okay (And Neither Are You), and Lola Blanche Higgins from AFI Conservatory for her short film project, Kissy and the Shark. Del Rosario and Higgins will share the $ 12,000 commissioning grant, which was launched this year to provide filmmakers with a platform to raise awareness and encourage change in how wellbeing is understood amongst 15- to 25-year olds.

“We’re immensely proud to have launched this initiative alongside BAFTA and could not have hoped for more deserving winners,” said GSA’s Global COO James Granger, who presented the Grant. “As global leaders in student living, we know how important positive mental health and student wellbeing are to a thriving society, and we fully believe that projects such as Lola’s and Drama’s can make a real difference. We’re certain BAFTA’s support will be invaluable to them both, and we can’t wait to see the final result of all their hard work.”

For the first time, Netflix sponsored the BAFTA Student Film Awards, as a continuation of their support of BAFTA’s worldwide initiatives, including the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits program, championing the next generation of creative talent across film, games and television in the U.K. and internationally.

Hors Piste (Off-Piste) is a six-minute, CG-animated comedy-adventure centered on two mountain rescue experts. Despite being the best at their job and ever-primed for action, their latest mission is doomed to go awry …

The film has made selection lists for numerous international film festivals. It was nominated for the student film Annie Award this year, and recently won the student film Genie Award from the Paris Images Digital Summit.

Hors piste – Trailer from École des Nouvelles Images on Vimeo.

BAFTA Student Film Awards Special Jury

BAFTA Student Film Awards Special Jury

BAFTA Student Film Awards Winners

BAFTA Student Film Awards Winners

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‘Steven Universe’ Wins First-Ever GLAAD Award for Best Animated Kids Series

Cartoon Network’s Emmy-nominated Steven Universe took home the award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday. The category honors kids and family programming that actively seeks to increase fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community. In July 2018, Steven Universe aired its critically acclaimed “Heart of the Crystal Gems” arc, in which title character Steven officiated a wedding between beloved non-binary characters Ruby and Sapphire.

The award ceremony marks the first GLAAD Media Award win for Steven Universe. The series is also the first program from Cartoon Network’s lineup to win a GLAAD Media Award in any category. The other nominees in this category were Adventure Time (Cartoon Network), Andi Mack (The Disney Channel), Anne with an E (Netflix) and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix). Andi Mack won the inaugural Kids & Family Programming GLAAD award last year.

Steven Universe is created by Emmy and Annie Award-nominated writer and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Sugar, and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. As part of the series’ two-year global partnership with the Dove Self-Esteem Project, Steven Universe continues to educate young people on body confidence through the series’ themes of inclusion and empowerment.

Steven and the Crystal Gems will return with the highly anticipated Steven Universe The Movie, coming to Cartoon Network this fall. Additionally, two digital albums, Steven Universe: Volume 2 Soundtrack and Steven Universe: Karaoke, will be available on Friday, April 12 for digital download and streaming, with Steven Universe: Season 2 arriving on DVD Tuesday, April 16. Episodes of Steven Universe are available on Cartoon Network, the Cartoon Network app and VOD.

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Russian tycoon in divorce battle wins back $400 million yacht in Dubai

Superyacht Luna owned by Russian billionaire Farkad Akhmedov is docked at Port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Christopher Pike

DUBAI (Reuters) – A $ 436 million superyacht belonging to a Russian billionaire at the center of one of the world’s costliest divorce battles has been released by a Dubai court after being impounded last year.

Oil and gas tycoon Farkhad Akhmedov was ordered to pay about 40 percent of his fortune to his former wife Tatiana Akhmedova by London’s High Court in 2016 in one of the largest divorce settlements in legal history.

But Akhmedov failed to pay the 453 million pound ($ 594 million) divorce bill and the London court granted a worldwide freezing order, under which Akhmedov’s superyacht M.V. Luna was impounded in Dubai.

Luna, an expedition yacht built for Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich before Akhmedov bought it in 2014, has at least nine decks, space for 50 crew, two helipads, a vast swimming pool and a mini submarine.

On Wednesday the Dubai court of appeal ruled that the Dubai lower courts’ order to impound the yacht was wrong, allowing it to leave the port, documents seen by Reuters showed.

When Reuters visited the yacht on Thursday, moored in Dubai’s Port Rashid, workers were installing new teak flooring on the large outdoor lower deck and a private security team was guarding it.

Akhmedov says that he and his wife divorced in Russia in 2000. In 2012 she tried to divorce him in British courts.

Forbes estimates Akhmedov’s net worth is $ 1.4 billion. The U.S. Treasury Department has put him on a list of sanctioned Russian state-owned companies and so-called “oligarchs”, identified as close to President Vladimir Putin.

($ 1 = 0.7626 pounds)

Reporting by Lisa Barrington, Editing by William Maclean

Reuters: Oddly Enough

News Bytes: ‘Dora’ Movie Gets First Trailer, ‘Chris the Swiss’ Wins Swiss Film Award, Junji Ito’s First Art Book & More

Sesame Street AppleTV+ Series ‘Helpsters’ Announced by Big Bird & Cody at Tech Giant Confab
Apple’s “It’s Showtime” event welcomed the muppets on stage to announced the first original series in the Apple-Sesame Workshop deal announced last summer. The series will teach kids the principles of coding which “fosters collaboration, critical thinking skills, and is an essential language that every child can learn,” according to its star, Cody.

WATCH: Season 8 Promo ‘Spirit Riding Free’
Change is in the air for Lucky, Pru and Abigail, as new episodes launching April 5 find the PALs faced with big changes and even bigger choices. Lucky becomes a big sister, Pru and Chica Linda take on a new competition, and Abigail rescues a wild wolf pup! When the opportunity to go to boarding school presents itself, the girls must decide if this new adventure is worth leaving Miradero behind.

To celebrate, DreamWorks TV has also released the official music video for Tegan Marie performing “Horses.”

www.biaf.or.krCALL FOR ENTRIES: Bucheon Int’l Animation Festival ‘19
The 21st BIAF is accepting films in the competition categories for Features, Shorts, Graduation and TV/Commissioned — totalling 42,000 USD in cash prizes. The festival will be held Oct. 18-22 in Bucheon, S. Korea. Deadline: June 30 (Short, Graduation, TV/Comm.) / July 31 (Features)

Horror Manga Master Junji Ito to Publish First Artbook; Exhibition to Be Held in Tokyo
The creator of insidiously innovative tales of terror like Uzumaki and Tomie last week launched pre-orders for the Ikei Sekai (World of Monsters), which gathers 133 pieces of art from his classic manga stories (which also include Souichi, Lovesick Dead and Gyo) through to his most recent works, including full color and black and white illustrations. In commemoration of the publication, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper is sponsoring an exhibition March 23-April 9 at the SPAN gallery in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood.

2019 Swiss Film Awards
Chris the Swiss, the debut feature from Anja Kofmel (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, World Sales: Urban Distribution International) was honored as the Best Documentary Film, Best Film Score (Marcel Vaid) and Best Film Editing (Stefan Kälin) winner. The animated documentary in which the director investigates the mysterious circumstances around her cousin’s death during the Yugoslave Wars, premiered in Critics Week in Cannes 2018 and was subsequently selected by numerous renowned international animation and documentary film festivals, such as the Animafest, Annecy, DOK Leipzig and IDFA in Amsterdam.

WATCH: ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Official Trailer
Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure ever: high school. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego, a mysterious jungle inhabitant and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold. Directed by James Bobin, starring Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, and Danny Trejo. In theaters August 2.

Junji Ito

Junji Ito

Chris the Swiss

Chris the Swiss

Animation Magazine

‘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

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)

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)


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

Animation Magazine

‘Spider-Verse’ Sweeps Annie Awards with 7 Wins, Including Best Feature

Sony’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse won Best Animated Feature at the 46th Annual Annie Awards Saturday evening, and garnered top honors across seven categories including Character Animation – David Han; Character Design – Shiyoon Kim; Directing – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman; Production Design – Justin K. Thompson; Writing – Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman; and Editorial – Bob Fisher, Andrew Leviton and Vivek Sharma. Best Animated Feature-Independent was awarded to Mirai (Studio Chizu).

This year introduced a new category, Best Virtual Reality Production, awarded to Crow: The Legend (Baobab Studios). Additional key category winners were Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios) – Best Animated Special Production and Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production; Best Animated Short Subject – Weekends (Past Lives Productions); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial – Greenpeace ‘There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom’ (Passion Animation Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production – BoJack Horseman ‘The Dog Days are Over’ (Tornante Productions, LLC for Netflix); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children – Hilda (Hilda Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media Company, Netflix Inc. and Mercury Filmworks); and Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children – Ask the StoryBots (JibJab Bros. Studios for Netflix).

“What a terrific night,” remarked ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “While the weather was a challenge this year, everyone rose to the occasion and we had a brilliant time. This year’s awards garnered the largest amount of submissions yet, leading to a great list of nominees, so it was no surprise that the Annie recipients continued to showcase animation’s rising influence and diversity.”

VIP Guests and Presenters included Pixar Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter and Disney Creative Officer Jennifer Lee, Brad Bird, Holly Hunter, Diane Warren, Frances Fisher, Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Jim Cummings, John Ratzenberger and Patrick Warburton.

This year’s Winsor McCay recipients were Frank Braxton (posthumously), Ralph Eggleston and Andrea Romano. The Winsor McCay Award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.

The June Foray award was given posthumously to Adam Burke. Burke was widely acknowledged to be a talented artist and even better person. His absence is deeply mourned. The June Foray award honors an individual(s) who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation.

Blender Open Source Animation Software was given the Ub Iwerks Award. Ton Roosendaal, Dutch software developer and film producer, accepted the award. And, the Certificate of Merit recipient was presented to dedicated ASIFA-Hollywood volunteer, Jason Jones.

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 36 categories from best feature, best feature – independent, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting, and have often been a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. A complete list of winners can be viewed at www.annieawards.org.

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‘Banzi’s Secret Diary’ Wins Korea Content Award Prize

Animax Korea’s original animated series Banzi’s Secret Diary has won the Top Content Award for Animation from the country’s ministry of culture. The series will launch in Hong Kong thru Viu TV as well as 15 other territories including Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia. The producers are also planning an extensive licensing and merchandising program, which will feature 25 products including toys and publications.

Banzi is based on a best-selling comic-books first introduced in 2002 in Korea. The show centers on the endearing adventures of a bright young girl who dreams of becoming a cartoonist and her two good friends. The series first premiered on KBS in 2017 and was also picked up by Animax, Disney Korea, TV Chosun and Cartoon Network Korea.

Animax Korea’s CEO Giro Doo said that he is honored that Banzi’s Secret Diary received an award from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and noted that he sees huge potential in Banzi’s Secret Diary and will do his utmost to make the show an even bigger success in the global area.

First established in Korea in 2006, Animax is a global animation channel operated by Sony Pictures Television. It’s currently watched by 88 million households in 21 countries around the world.

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‘Another Day of Life’ Wins Best Animated Feature Prize in Europe

Directors Damon Nenow and Raul de La Fuente’s harrowing movie Another Day of Life received the Best Animated Feature prize at the European Movie Awards on Saturday, held in Seville, Spain. The other nominees were The Breadwinner, Early Man and White Fang.

Another Day of Life, which screened at Cartoon Movie, Cannes, Annecy and Animation Is Film (L.A.) this past year centers on the experiences of Polish journalist Ryszard Kapu?ci?ski during the beginning of the Angolan Civil War in 1975. He later put to paper in the book which inspired the film project. Over three months, his dangerous journey through Angola exposed the reporter to situations and events that force him to change his attitude towards his work and his life.

The film blends 60 minutes of bold, graphic-novel inspired animation with 20 minutes of documentary footage and interviews with some of the individuals who were a part of these events. Another Day of Life is produced by Platige Image (Poland), Kanaki Films (Spain), Walking the Dog (Belgium), Wuste Film (Germany), Animationfabrik (Germany), Puppetworks (Hungary). Indie Sales is the sales agent.

Another Day of Life directors winning prize

Another Day of Life directors Raul De La Fuente (left) and Damon Nenow accept the Best Animated Feature prize at the 2018 European Movie Awards.

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Cannabis Wins Big Across the Country During Midterms

While immigration, health care and gun control continue to divide the country, at least one issue is starting to bring us together: legalizing cannabis.

After the November 6 election, Michigan will be joining Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont as the tenth state to legalize recreational cannabis, while Utah and Missouri each approved medical marijuana measures. And those weren’t the only victories for cannabis.

Florida voters approved Amendment 4, a change to their constitution that restores state voting rights for people previously convicted of felonies outside of murder and felony sex offenses. Florida had nearly 1.7 million disenfranchised voters as of 2016, according to anti-incarceration organization the Sentencing Project. We couldn’t find data on how many of those felons had cannabis-related convictions, but the plant is still illegal in Florida for recreational purposes and wasn’t allowed medically until 2016.

Another huge victory for cannabis was more about who lost than who won. Republican Texas Congressman Pete Sessions, a vocal and stubborn opponent of pot legalization since he was first elected in 1997, was defeated by Democrat Colin Allred, a former NFL player who had never before run for public office. Chairman of the House Rules Committee since 2013, Sessions had blocked the advance of over 36 marijuana-related federal amendments alone. Now that the Democrats control the House of Representatives, it’s virtually guaranteed that whoever takes his spot will be easier on the plant.

“This election proves that U.S. voters are ready and eager for comprehensive cannabis policy reform at the state and federal level,” National Cannabis Industry Association Executive Director Aaron Smith says in a statement. “This is no longer a third-rail issue. Members of Congress need to listen to their constituents, allow states to determine their own cannabis policies, and start treating this burgeoning legal industry fairly.”

According to the NCIA, twelve states elected gubernatorial candidates who have publicly supported legalizing and regulating cannabis, with three of those winners — including Colorado governor-elect Jared Polis — making it a central issue of their campaigns. Polis, a Democratic Congressman and longtime advocate of legalizing the plant nationwide, defeated Republican Walker Stapleton on November 6 by nearly 130,000 votes.

During his time on the campaign trail, Polis hired a cannabis-policy outreach coordinator and promised that he would have signed three pot-related bills vetoed by current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper after the most recent legislative session. This past April 20 (the 4/20 holiday), Polis visited a cannabis dispensary and cultivation in Northglenn, antagonizing Attorney General and noted cannabis-hater Jeff Sessions on Facebook Live as he did it.

Still, not every legalization measure was successful last night. Although North Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in 2016, they rejected a measure that would have legalized adult-use cannabis. The measure was criticized for its lack of regulation surrounding any future pot industry as well as personal possession and cultivation; it lost with only 41 percent of the vote.

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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:

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


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


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


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

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.”


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.”

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


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

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.”

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.”


Hedge, by Amanda Bonaiuto, USA
Jury Comment: “For a risk-taking, delightfully animation technique and peculiar character design.”

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.”

Guazuma, by Nara Normandie, France and Brazil
Jury Comment: For a breathtaking and intimate journey through friendship that spans time and distance.”


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.”


Facing It, by Sam Gainsborough, United Kingdom

This Magnificent Cake

This Magnificent Cake


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

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.

Animation Magazine

Michigan legalization campaign wins a big endorsement

Great news! The Detroit Free Press, one of Michigan’s largest media outlets, has endorsed the Yes on 1 legalization campaign!

The paper’s supportive editorial echoed many of the Yes on 1 campaign’s core messages: marijuana prohibition wastes law enforcement resources, unfairly harms communities of color, and prevents the state from collecting millions in tax revenue that could fund critical social programs. This is a huge boost for Prop 1, but we have to make sure the momentum is carried forward into November.

You can help the Yes on 1 team by making a donation here. Supporters can also promote the effort by picking up Yes on 1 gear from the new campaign store. There, you’ll find some great items, including t-shirts, hoodies, and yard signs, with the official Yes on 1 logo.

We’re just a few weeks away from Election Day (November 6). Michigan residents should visit the Secretary of State’s voter page to get information about polling locations, absentee voting, and more. The deadline to register to vote is October 9. If you’re not already registered, click here for the registration form. Be sure to fill it out and deliver it to your city or town clerk’s office by October 9.

If you have friends or family in Michigan, please forward this email to them and ask them to vote “Yes” on Prop 1. I’m confident that if enough people pitch in, we’ll be celebrating another major victory on November 6.

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Compassion wins: Oklahoma legalizes medical marijuana!

Mark another victory down for 2018. Oklahoma just became the 30th state to approve medical marijuana, as voters approved SQ 788 57% to 43%!

Despite an advertising blitz from opponents in the final days before the election, the Yes on 788 team emerged victorious. Thanks the campaign’s efforts — and the voters of Oklahoma — tens of thousands of patients will soon be able to safely access medical marijuana with approval from their doctor.

The passage of State Question 788 highlights the strength and diversity of public support for laws allowing the medical use of marijuana. It is noteworthy that this measure passed in such a red state during a primary election, when voter turnout tends to be older and more conservative than during a general election.

Oklahoma lawmakers now plan to pass legislation to implement State Question 788. Read a summary of SQ 788 here.

The win in Oklahoma shows that our movement for sensible and compassionate marijuana policies is growing stronger and stronger. Later this year, voters in Utah and Michigan will also have an opportunity to approve legalization initiatives. Please consider supporting these important efforts:

>> Donate to the Utah medical marijuana campaign.

>> Donate to the Michigan legalization campaign.

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Millimages’ ‘Molang’ Wins TVFI Export Award

Millimages wins TVFI Export Award

Millimages wins TVFI Export Award

Kids’ entertainment company Millimages was one of this year’s recipients of the Export Award for Animation, winning the honor for its flagship 2D series Molang. The award is presented by industry association TV France International to celebrate the country’s best-selling programs each year at the French Television Producer Awards gala in Paris.

Export Awards were also presented to About Premium Content documentary Dream the Future and StudioCanal thriller Midnight Sun.

“We congratulate the 2018 winners of the Export Awards. They show that the French touch is getting stronger in every corner of the world, despite facing stiff competition,” stated TV France International‘s president, Hervé Michel.

Molang (156 x 3’30”) was introduced just two and a half years ago and is now distributed in 190 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. The show about a joyful, marshmallow-shaped rabbit and his best friend, a shy little chick named PiuPiu was nominated for an Emmy in 2016 and has achieved record ratings in the US (Disney Junior), UK (Cartoonito) and Italy (Rai). The series currently airs in France on Canal+ and TF1; season 4, in coproduction with Canal, is in the writing stage and will launch in early May.

The property has also made a splash on social networks with both kids and adults. The #mybestfriend webseries reaches several million viewers each week. Licensing and merchandising activities are also booming, with products available on all continents (through Alibaba in China).



Roch Lener, Stéphanie Bro, Hervé Michel, Laurent Boissel, Emmanuelle Guilbart [Copyright: Aurélien Faidy]

Roch Lener, Stéphanie Bro, Hervé Michel, Laurent Boissel, Emmanuelle Guilbart [Copyright: Aurélien Faidy]

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