Mary and Max Wins Ottawa
"Visions of the impossible arise from daydreams in the kitchen; imaginings are born out of the mundane and every action has its surrealist counterpart; Tender creates an entire parallel universe."
BEST Experimental/Abstract Animation
Peripetics – directed by Jamie Raap and Henrik Mauler, UK
"A series of lavish and mysterious vignettes which use 3-D animation to suggest sculptural metaphors suspended in space."
Honourable Mention for Passionate Art Making: Myth Labs – by Martha Colburn, Netherlands
"Flying in the face of respectable animation conventions, the director's approach is both aggressive and seductive."
Adobe Prize for BEST High School Animation
Did U See That – by Yuri Rhee, Ha Jung Kim, Paul Kim and Hyun Jung Lee, Korea Animation High School, South Korea
"With simple and strong line drawings the filmmakers create a modern fairytale."
BEST Undergraduate Animation
The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9! – directed by Jake Armstrong, School of Visual Arts, USA
"An expertly designed, scripted and animated tale of a space explorer and a monster who just wants to play fetch."
Mak the Horny Mac Daddy – by Ian Miller, University of the Arts, USA
"Mac Daddy is worth this mention because of its uninhibited expressiveness in animation."
BEST Graduate Animation
Lebensader – directed by Angela Steffen, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemburg, Germany
"A moving portrait of a child's vision is created through the rich realization of natural form, dynamic animation and sophisticated design."
BEST Promotional Animation
Nick Idents – by Ljubisa Djukic, Ole Keune and Bettina Vogel, Dyrdee Media GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
"A funny, spare, well-conceived series of network IDs that use Nick's iconic orange colour to humourous and clever effect."
BEST Music Video
Nullsleep "Dirty ROM Dance Mix" - by Stieg Retlin, USA
"A mix of pulsing 8-bit graphics and glitch imagery provide a jolting backdrop to the bloops and bleeps of video game-inspired music."
BEST Television Animation for Adults
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, A Journal Diary) – by Bastien Dubois, France
BEST Short Animation Made for Children
Nicolas & Guillemette, directed by Virginie Taravel, France
Enter the Sandbox, directed by Kevin Adams, Canada
BEST Television Animation Made for Children
Lost and Found, directed by Philip Hunt, UK
Tom and the Slice of Bread with Strawberry Jam & Honey 'Tom's Band' / 'Tom and the Nice Family' (Tom und das Erdbeermarmeladebrot mit Honig), directed by Andreas Hykade, Germany
The National Film Board of Canada PUBLIC PRIZE
Madagascar, A Journey Diary (Madagascar, carnet de voyage), directed by Bastien Dubois & Guilaine Bergeret, France
Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation
Le Tiroir et le Corbeau (The Drawer and The Crow) – by Frédérick Tremblay, Canada