The 33rd edition of ANIMA Brussels, 28 February through 9 March 2014 took a giant step toward becoming a world class animation festival this year when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences bestowed qualifying status on ANIMA. Joining such renowned festivals as Annecy and Zagreb, ANIMA’s Grand Prix winning short film Futon by Japanese animator Yoriko Mizushirlhas now officially qualified for the 2014 Oscar race.
Yoriko utilizes the traditional Japanese mattress, a futon, to take the audience into the dream fantasy world between consciousness and sleep. While wrapped up in her futon the young girl in the film sinks into thoughts of life’s pleasurable waking hours – a piece of sushi, warm covers, a stretch of her body are all portrayed in sensual images using a soft color pallet. A complete list of all of the winning films is at the end of the article.