Hulsing’s 'Junkyard' Takes Grand Prix for Best Short at Ottawa

Hisko Hulsing's haunting and visually stunning short took home the Grand Prix at the 2012 Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Press Release from the Ottawa International Animation Festival:

OTTAWA (September 23, 2012) –

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) came to an end Sunday, with closing ceremonies held at the National Arts Centre. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies.

This year’s event, held September 19th-23rd, was a tremendous success with packed screenings, sold out workshops, high profile networking events such at the Television Animation Conference (TAC) and a strong weekend of professional development.

The OIAF is a major international film event that attracts 1500 industry pass holders from across Canada and around the world with a total attendance of close to 30,000. Although the final numbers are not officially in, there are strong indications that this year’s Festival reached its highest attendance to date.

The 2012 international jury for Short Program, Student and Commissioned Films included: Mike Fallows (USA), J.J. Sedelmaier (USA) and Sarah Muller(UK). The international jury for Feature Film Competition and School Showreels included: Barry Purves (UK), Hisko Hulsing (Netherlands) and Izabela Rieben (Switzerland).

The Festival also featured a special jury made up of local kids to select the Best Short Animation Made for Children and the Best Television Animation Made for Children. This year’s kids jury included: Jordan Quayle, Evelyn Abacra, Lucas Kelly, Jakob Boose, Zoe Monogian, Conall Sloan, Eleanor Simonetta, Jacob Cooper, Chantalyne Leonhardt and Lauralee Leonhardt

List of Winners

Nelvana GRAND PRIZE for Best Independent Short Animation

Junkyard– directed by Hisko Hulsing, Netherlands

GRAND PRIZE for Best Animated Feature

Arrugas (Wrinkles), directed by Ignacio Ferreras, Spain

Walt Disney GRAND PRIZE for Best Student Animation

I Am Tom Moody– directed by Ainslie Henderson, Edinburgh College of Art, UK

GRAND PRIZE for Best Commissioned Animation

Primus "Lee Van Cleef" - by Chris Smith, USA

Best Animation School Showreel

Supinfocom (France)

BEST Narrative Short

A Morning Stroll - by Grant Orchard, STUDIO AKA, USA

BEST Experimental/Abstract Animation

Rivière au Tonnerre – directed by Pierre Hébert, Canada

Adobe Prize for BEST High School Animation

The Bean – by Hae Jin Jung, Gyeonggi Art High School, South Korea

Honourable Mention:

La Soif Du Monde (Thirsty Frog) – by a Collective: 12 Children, Camera-etc, Belgium

BEST Undergraduate Animation

Reizwäsche - by Jelena Walf & Viktor Stickel, Germany

BEST Graduate Animation

Ballpit – directed by Kyle Mowat, Sheridan College, Canada

BEST Promotional Animation

Red Bull 'Music Academy World Tour' – by Pete Candeland, Passion Pictures, UK

BEST Music Video

The First Time I Ran Away - by Joel Trussell, USA

BEST Television Animation for Adults

Portlandia: Zero Rats – by Rob Shaw, USA

BEST Short Animation Made for Children

Beethoven’s Wig, directed by Alex Hawley & Denny Silverthorne, Canada

Honourable Mentions:

Au Coeur de L’Hiver - directed by Isabelle Favez, Switzerland Why do we Put up with Them? - directed by David Chai, USA

BEST Television Animation Made for Children

Regular Show: Eggscellent - by JC Quintel, Cartoon Network

Honourable Mention:

Adventure Time: Jake vs. Me-Mow - by Pendleton Ward, Cartoon Network, USA

The National Film Board of Canada PUBLIC PRIZE

It's Such a Beautiful Day - directed by Don Hertzfeldt, USA

Canadian Film Institute Award for BEST Canadian Animation

Nightingales in December, directed by Theodore Ushev, Canada

Honourable Mentions

Ballpit – directed by Kyle Mowat, Sheridan College, Canada MacPherson - directed by Martine Chartrand, National Film Board of Canada, Canada

BEST Canadian Student Animation Award

Gum - By Noam Sussman, Sheridan College, Canada

Honourable Mentions

Ballpit - By Kyle Mowat, Sheridan College, Canada Tengri - By Alisi Telengut, Concordia University, Canada

The Ottawa Media Jury Award

For the best short competition film, as deemed by the local Ottawa Media, consisting of:

-Peter Simpson (Ottawa Citizen) -Sandra Abma (CBC) -Fateema Sayani (Ottawa Magazine) -Denis Armstrong (Ottawa Sun)

I Am Tom Moody by Ainslie Henderson, Edinburgh College of Art, UK

About the OIAF

OIAF 2012 was held September 19-23rd, 2012 in Ottawa. Events at the OIAF included screenings, panels, workshops, parties and the Television Animation Conference. The OIAF is a leading competitive animation film festival, featuring cutting edge programming, catering to industry executives, trend setting artists, students and animation fans. For more information about the OIAF, please visit www.animationfestival.ca.

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