Mary and Max Wins Ottawa
Press Release from the Ottawa International Animation Festival
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (October 18, 2009) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) comes to an end with the highly anticipated closing ceremonies held this evening at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies.
This year’s event, held October 14-18, was a tremendous success with packed screenings, sold out workshops, high profile networking events such as the Television Animation Conference and the Recruiting Fair. The Festival is a major international film event that attracts 1500 industry pass holders from across Canada and around the world with a total attendance of over 25,000. Although the final numbers are not officially in, there are strong indications that this year’s Festival reached the highest attendance to date.
The 2009 international jury for Short Program, Student and Commissioned Films include: Amid Amidi (USA), Jim Blashfield (USA) and Suzan Pitt (USA). The international jury for Feature Film Competition include: Thomas Meyer-Hermann (Germany), Christa Moesker (Netherlands) and Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre (Canada).
The Festival has 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: Tallie Doyle, Tegwyn Hughes, Jamie McCormick, Felipe Bemfica, Isabelle Birchall, Aditya Mohan, Paris Mullin, Quinn Murphy and Eric Ding.
GRAND PRIZE for Best Animated Feature
Mary and Max, directed by Adam Elliot, Australia
“The film tells a simple and strong story about friendship, deep understanding of the human condition with all its defects. It is a perfect balance between tragedy and comedy.”
My Dog Tulip, directed by Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, USA
“The jury was profoundly touched by one particular film therefore would like to award an honourable mention. This film has an outstanding style and above all, the way in which it allows the audience to identify with the characters and the relationships.”
Nelvana GRAND PRIZE for Best Independent Short Animation
Kaasündinud Kohustused (Inherent Obligations) - by Rao Heidmets, Estonia
"We selected Obligations because of its compelling portrayal of sexual politics, its disturbing but effective metaphors and the director's bold and provocative vision."
HIT Entertainment GRAND PRIZE for Best Student Animation
Laska (Chick) – by Michal Socha, Poland
"This remarkably confident animation takes its exotic graphic style to an extreme as its characters carry out an intense, elegant and brutal mating dance."
GRAND PRIZE for Best Commissioned Animation
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, A Journal Diary) – by Bastien Dubois, France
"A deeply personal and touching documentary. The film buoyantly realizes 3-D space, and combines a hand-drawn feel with a dimensionality that hovers just off the page."
Best Animation School Showreel
Rhode Island School of Design (USA)
BEST Narrative Short
Please Say Something – directed by David OReilly, Ireland and Germany
"A film that compels us to reassess our notions of aesthetic execution and beauty in computer animation. The film has a fragmented story structure and surprisingly personal character interactions."
Köögi Dimensioonid (KitchenDimensions) – directed by Priit Tender, Estonia