Belgium’s Oh Willy Wins AniFest Grand Prix Award
AniFest, the largest international festival specializing in animated films in the Czech Republic, has announced the winners of the 2013 competition, including short films, student´s films, non-narrative films, TV films, videos and films made by children.
Mainly the foreign authors were awarded, however, in spite of the stiff competition, some Czech films succeeded as well. Amongst awarded titles were: Party of the Dead (Jiří Vlach), which competed in the section “Films made by children aged 12-15” and the film Friends of Green Planet, included in the category “Films made by children under the age of 12.” Belgian film Oh Willy... was awarded the main prize of the festival Grand Prix.
“For the authors of animated films, it is very important to succeed here, because the competition is internationally recognized and respected. I am sorry that there were not more Czech films among the winners. We could see that the world production is on a high level and I believe that the interest in animated film production will rise in the future,” said festival director Petr Šplíchal. The jury announced the winners of the film competition on Tuesday evening during the official closing ceremony.
There were 149 films in the finals striving for the victory. The competition was initially entered by 1400 films. The main prize of the festival Grand Prix was awarded to the film Oh Willy..., made by Belgian authors Emmy De Swaef and Marc James Roelse. The title was complimented by the members of the jury Daniel Gies and Emily Paige: “The film is not only remarkable but also extraordinary; all the fans of animated film surely appreciate it.”
The Czech production was awarded in these categories „Films made by children aged 12-15” for the film Party of the Dead and “Films made by children under the age of 12” for the film with environmental topic, “Friends of Green Planet.” Children´s films were evaluated by the jury consisting of children of the same age 12-16. “According to the children´s jury, the film is funny with interesting and original story which the children made by themselves including sound,” commented children’s jury assistant Pavel Trnka, adding, “I noticed a very interesting fact. When children watched the film made by children in the show room, they understood them perfectly!”
Grand prix: Oh Willy... (Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels / Belgium, 2012 / 16min) -- Willy returns to the place of his youth, a naturist community, for the burial of his beloved mother. His return evokes in him strong memories from his childhood. On his thorny way back to his subconscious, he becomes a sort of “noble savage” who gets over all obstacles, reaches his goal and rests in peace. The same can be said about the viewers of this “woolen” short.
Short fillms (0 – 5 min): winner: LOVE OLYMPICS: Fencing (Grant Orchard | United Kingdom | 2012 | 2min 30s) -- This short and funny film from the series LOVE SPORT is a parody of the Olympic Games. In a humorous way it shows a fencing duel in which representative of the USA and of Italy fight for victory by all, permitted or banned, means. The film is based on grotesque situations and minimalist visual style.
Special mention: Hopfrog (Leonid Shmelkov / Russia / 2012 / 5min) -- Animals and other weird tiny creatures live in holes jumping up and down all day long. They create a picture of a carefree life full of fun, and it seems that nothing can disrupt it. But what if someone falls out of rhythm? A playful film about tiny creatures meeting each other, getting lost and found again is underscored by a melodic musical background, giving it a touch of nostalgia.