Belgium’s Oh Willy Wins AniFest Grand Prix Award
Short films (5 – 15 min): winner Tunnel (Maryam Kashkoolinia / Iran / 2012 / 7min 10s) -- Tunnel is a story of a man’s dramatic journey through hand-digged tunnel. The story draws inspiration from real cases in the Gaza Strip, where people dig tunnels in order to get to staples and other basic items. Father’s journey for sheep is threatened by numerous dangers. The sand animation is very suggestive and enables the viewer to feel the hero’s anxiety in deadly spaces.
Special mention: Bendito Machine IV (Jossie Malis / Spain / 2012 / 9min 54s) -- Bendito Machine IV is another episode from Jossie Malise’s original series. His “improbable” hero departs on a journey over the land, sea and skies and walks through a landscape of strange machines and fun fair attractions, which slowly changes into a petrochemical park. Malise uses poetry and visual style of his previous succesful films.
Short films (15-60min): winner Junkyard (Hisko Hulsing / Netherlands / 2012 / 21min 10s) - A man is robbed and then killed in the tube. In his last seconds before he dies he watches the crucial moments of his life. In a captivating manner, the film tells the tragic story of a boy from the city periphery full of criminality and drug trafficking. This action short uses the rotoscopy technique and has outstandingly acted characters.
Non-narrative / Experimental film: winner Recycled (Lei Lei / China / 2012 / 5min 32s) -- These scenes comes from long-term research conducted in the outskirts of Beijing. In the course of the research, over half a million 35mm color negatives were scanned, together assembling an image of the capital and its inhabitants over the last thirty years. The film is demanding for its condensed nature, using “only” 3.000 pictures for the animation.
Special mention: Pinball (Darko Vidackovic / Croatia / 2012 / 7min 30s)Just like in the popular fast game, the curve of the ball’s movement is not strictly given, once it was propelled into the playfield. The player tries to give the ball the right direction and the ball leaves a trail marking its movement, but not for long. What happens next is out of the player’s control. And perhaps the player doesn’t even know that anything is happening at all. Combining various animation techniques, we can observe at least something.
TV Film and Series: winner Room on the Broom (Max Lang, Jan Lachauer / United Kingdom / 2012 / 25min) -- A friendly which makes her cat angry by inviting a strange mix of animal guests on her broom. Eventually, these save the witch from a dragon. In return, she makes an amazing broom on which there is enough room for everyone. A film about the importance of tolerance and friendship with outstanding 3D animation and pleasant stylization.
Special mention: Tom & The Queen Bee (Andreas Hykade / Germany / 2011 / 5min) -- his time bees can’t help Tom because all of them focus on the upcominig visit of the Queen Bee. But Tom doesn’t mind. All he wants is a slice of bread with strawberry jam and honey. Everything changes with the arrival of Her Majesty the Queen Bee, who’s wished to meet Tom since a long time ago. Another episode of a magic series.
Music Video: winner: Le Peuple de l'Herbe: Talking the Crash (Fourniret Wasaru / France / 2012 / 4min 26s) -- There is a model of a whole town inside a museum with countless animals living there in mutual agreement. However, this peace may not last forever… and that´s exactly the theme of the animated music video for the song Talking the Crash.
Special mention: The Phone Book Polka (Benjamin Swiczinsky / Austria / 2012 / 3min) -- A humorous video for the song of the American-Austrian lyrics writer and comedian George Kreisler takes place in the nostalgic times of Austria-Hungary. It is about a man reading through a phone book.
Jingles and Comercials: winner: Package Whispers (Monira Kamal / Germany / 2012 / 1min 50s) -- This playful, visually elaborated commercial with aquarelle tones shows how quick and easy it is to ship a package across the whole world.