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Cinanima Cites Best

Cinanima '99 finished its week-long run on November 14, 1999. The Espinho,Portugal festival highlights the best in animation from around the globe.This year, the International Jury gave their Grand Prize to AlexanderPetrov's film THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. The Canadian and Japanese producedfilm also won the RTP Prize, an award given by the Portuguese StateChannel's special jury, and the Best Soundtrack Prize. TheCanadian-produced film by Eugene Fedorenko and Rose Newlove entitledVILLAGE OF IDIOTS won Special Jury Prize from the City of Espinho and theAudience Prize. Another big winner was THE SUSPECT, created by Jose MiguelRibeiro, who took home the Alves Costa Prize, awarded by journalists at thefestival, the Cartoon Portugal Prize, and the Best Portuguese Script Prize.Other awards presented were: the Jose Abel Prize for Best Film Produced inEurope to Georges Schwizget's FUGUE; the Young Portuguese Director Prize toRegina Pessoa's THE NIGHT; the Class A Prize for Best Film less than 6minutes to Fabien Drouet's PONPON; the Class B Prize for Best Film between6 and 13 minutes to Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis' WHEN THE DAY BREAKS; theClass C Prize for Best Film between 13 and 26 minutes to Hilary Audus' THEBEAR; the Class D Prize for Best Film between 26 and 52 minutes to JoannaQuinn, Jonathan Myerson, Dave Antrobus, and Aida Zyablikova's CANTERBURYTALES; the Class E Prize for Best Feature Length Film to Michel Ocelot'sKIRIKOU ET LA SORCIERE; the Class F Prize for Best Commercial orInstitutional Production to Guto Carvalho's CELEBRITY; and the Class GPrize for Best First Film to Oerd Van Cuijlenborg's JAZZIMATION.

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