The 2nd Matita International Animation Film Festival was held September 23- 26 in Guardiagrele, Italy. The jury consisted of Jury President GiulioCingoli (producer and director), Milan, Italy; Piotr Dumala (director,animator, and teacher at the Film School of Lodz), Warsaw, Poland; RuthLingford (director, animator, and teacher at the Royal College of Arts andNational Film & Television School of London), London, UK; Laura Ruggeri(student at the International Academy of Image, Lanterna Magica), L'Aquila,Italy; Alessandro Russo (Cecchi Gori Group), Rome, Italy; and AnnickTeninge (General Manager of Animation World Network), Los Angeles, USA. TheJury's notes follow in quotes.
The following awards were handed out:
ARTHUR by Guionne Leroy, K.E.E.N. Productions, Bruxelles, Belgium, 1998."The film features an optimist view of life, a most beautiful animation andthe desire to see a sequel."
BILLY'S BALLOON by Don Hertzfeldt, Bitter Films Productions, Goleta, CA,USA, 1998. "For the cheeky and provocative take on the typical child's filmand representational world."
THE CANTERBURY TALES by Aida Zyablikova, Ashley Potter, Dave Antrobus, MicGraves and Joanna Quinn, Right Angle Productions, Abergwaun, Wales, U.K.,1998. "For the extraordinary ability to exploit graphic skill in an artform, especially in the third episode by Joanna Quinn."
T.R.A.N.S.I.T. by Piet Kroon, The Illuminated Film Co. Ltd., Richmond,England, U.K., 1997. "For the skillful evocation of the Twenties and theromantic plot superbly developed through effective uses of flashback."
MUM by Nicholas Peterson, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts),Valencia, CA, USA, 1999. "For the maturity of its cinematographic style,and the yet defined professionalism which characterizes its narration."
ONE EYE by Liana Dognini, National Film & Television School, London,England, U.K., 1997. "For its painful, simple decency meant to portray lovebetween parents and a daughter."
THE FAIRY WITH SEVEN HEADS by Andrea Kiss, Hungarian Academy of Crafts &Design/Studio Exist, Budapest, Hungary, 1998. "For the courage to resort toa traditional fable in order to reaffirm the urgency of self consciousnessin love."
GOGWANA by Deiniol Morris, AAARGH! Animation, Cardiff, Wales, U.K., 1998.
SANDLAND by Heiko Lueg, Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg, Ludwigsburg,Germany, 1999.