Belgium’s Oh Willy Wins AniFest Grand Prix Award
Student Film: winner: Altneuland (Sariel Keslasi / Israel / 2012 / 6min 6s) -- In a place that looks like the end of the world, a group of people are waiting for a bus to get to a place called Altneuland. Only nobody has a clue as to where it is situated and whether it exists at all. The group is surrounded only by fallen electric wiring and the feeling of emptiness and despair. This meditative, visually powerful film is an allegory of today’s Israeli society.
Special mention: But Milk Is Important (Grønmo Bjørnsen, Anna Mantzaris, Eirik Mantzaris / Norway / 2012 / 10min 38s) -- A man suffering from social phobia is terrified when he realises that he is always accompanied by a weird and somewhat clumsy creature. What is more, the strange creature soon settles in his flat. The desperate man tries to get rid of the phantom and fails to see that it is actually trying to help him overcome his phobias. The authors took time not only with the very original story but also with peculiar puppets.
Audience Winner: Rabbit and Deer (Péter Vácz / Hungary / 2012 / 16min 44s) - A funny film about a deer and a rabbit who, at first, live in a content symbiosis. However, their lives flow carefree only until the deer decides to find the third dimension. For the two friends live in 2D animation and do not know 3D space. An obsessive search for another dimension brings some results but also threatens their relationship.
Children Winner in Films made by children up to 12 years category: Three Wires Make a Spring (Roberto Paganelli, Michela Donini | Italy | 2012 | 7min 29s) -- A group of children from San Marino coordinated by assistants from the OTTOmani studio created this rhythmical film during the SMIAF – Youth Knowledge Festival in 2012.
Special mention in Films made by children up to 12 years category: 1. Made of Bread -- Another experimental film coming from the Ottomani studio, this time using an utterly unusual material. Children used bread to capture bizarre, yet adventurous, journey around the world., 2. “Přátelé zelené planety”.
Films made by children 12 - 15 years old category: winner Party of the Dead (Jiří Vlach | Czech Republic | 2012 | 2min 18s) -- Zombies and other monsters from the underworld decide to have some fun and organize a party. The party proves to be a success. And although local gravedigger doesn’t seem
Special mention in Films made by children 12 - 15 years old category: Apple Joe (Anna Altukhova | Russia | 2012 | 43s) -- Apple Joe is a well done parody of a western movie. Thieves are storming a town and want to plunder it. Will somebody stop them? This film was made during a workshop at the Stereoleto festival in Saint Petersburg.