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animago AWARD Announces 2016 Nominees

Total of 39 projects in 13 categories selected from 1,076 entries to compete for the 20th anniversary of Germany’s animago AWARD.

MUNICH -- Last week, an independent jury of experts drawn from 14 different fields chose the final nominees for this year’s animago AWARD. After days of deliberation, they nominated the three best works in each of the 13 animago categories. This year, a total of 1,076 projects were submitted for consideration from 58 nations.

The winners will be announced on the evening of October 27th at the awards ceremony held during the 2016 animago AWARD & CONFERENCE (running Thursday, October 27 & Friday, October 28) in Munich’s Cultural Center GASTEIG. The animago will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, as well.

“We never cease to be amazed at the quality of the submissions we receive, even after 20 years of doing this,” commented animago co-founder and jury head Günter Hagedorn. “Once again this year we were sent countless amazing works by students, professional CG artists and private artists. One thing we noticed is the mixing of different technologies, such as stop-motion, 2D animation and 2D typography and 3D animation, which seems to have established itself as a new form of expression. We are also delighted about the high level of international participation, for example by artists from Puerto Rico and Libya. We’re very excited and wish all the nominees the best of luck!”

The full list of nominated projects for 2016 animago AWARD & CONFERENCE is shown below:

Anniversary Prize -- 20 years of animago AWARD

The team at DIGITAL PRODUCTION magazine has organized the animago for the past 20 years and recently invited the industry to vote for their Top 20 favourite submissions from the past two decades. The Top 3 projects from 20 years of the animago AWARD are the following:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
    Digic Pictures, Hungary
  • The Present
    Jacob Frey, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Loom
    Polynoid, Germany

Best Still

The award winners in this category will be chosen by a public vote among the readers of DIGITAL PRODUCTION magazine and the animago community. The vote will run online until 14 September 2016 on the DIGITAL PRODUCTION website. Click here to participate in public voting.

  • Halloween Pub Crawl
    Michael Fedichkin, Ukraine
  • The Experiment
    Manuel Peter, Germany
  • 52Hz
    Cornelius Dämmrich, Germany

Best Visual Effects

  • Captain America: Civil War
    RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Germany
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
    RISE | Visual Effects Studios, Germany
  • Game of Thrones - Season 5
    Rodeo FX, Canada

Best Short Film

  • Citipati
    Andreas Feix, Francesco Faranna, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Uncanny Valley
    3DAR, Federico Heller, Argentinia
  • After the End
    Sam Southward, The National Film and Television School, Great Britain

Best Character

  • Alike
    Daniel Martínez Lara,Rafa Cano Méndez, La Fiesta Producciones Cinematograficas, Spain
  • Au Fil De L’Age
    Laura Bouquet, Raphaël Christien, Clotilde Gillardeau, Matthieu Lailler, Mélodie Mouton, Romain Mace, ESMA, France
  • Our Wonderful Nature - The Common Chameleon
    Lumatic, Tomer Eshed, Germany

Best Young Production
Endowed with € 3,000 in prize money from DIGITAL PRODUCTION

  • Garden Party
    Théophile Dufresne, Florian Babikian, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Navarro, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Claire, MOPA, France
  • Résistance
    Alex Chauvet, Anna Le Danois, Quentin Foulon, Fabien Glasse, Juliette Jean, Julie Narat, MOPA,
  • Accidents, Blunders and Calamities
    James Cunningham, Oliver Hilbert, Media Design School, New Zealand

Best Motion Design

  • Swift Logistics
    Ben & Anvil, Daniel Cantwell, Ailbhe Cantwell, Ireland
  • Ways Out of a Creative Crisis
    Theresa Haas, Maurice Miller, Marko Andrea Weiss, Dominik Mayer, Claudia Wahlmüller, Assen Stratiev, Veronika Hanl, Fachhochschule Salzburg, Austria
  • Urban Surfaces
    Sebastian Lange (Qu-int), Peter Hankowiak (AV Medien), Germany

Best Advertising Production

  • Nike Air Max1 UltraFlyknit
    Aixsponza, Germany
  • Face the Darkness
    Andreas Bruns, Carl Schröter, Emanuel Fuchs, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Stone Age
    Supamonks Studio, France

Best Game Cinematic

  • Final Fantasy XV Trailer
    Digic Pictures, Square Enix, Hungary
  • WildStar Free-To-Play Launch Trailer
    Fortiche Production, NCSOFT, France
  • For Honor
    Unit Image, Ubisoft, France

Best Visualization

  • SGCH - Morgans’ Story
    The Magnificent Itch, Australia
  • BMW i3 Technikanimation
    Effekt-Etage, Germany
  • A Guide To Happy
    Panoply Creative, Great Britain

Jury’s Prize

  • Ma'agalim
    Uri Lotan, Yoav Shtibelman, Jane Bordeaux, Israel
  • Watch Dogs 2
    Platige Image, Ubisoft, Poland
  • 2 Aliens - Vier Fäuste gegen Terror Station
    Thomas Zeug, Germany


For the first time in its history, the animago has joined with international architecture and engineering magazine DETAIL to offer a special Architecture Prize. Two prizes are handed out in this category, each for the Best Film and Best Still. The animago’s jury of experts received support from the architectural experts Pedro Ferreira (architect, editor, graphic designer, concept designer), Frank Kaltenbach (architect and editor of DETAIL Magazin) and Philipp Schaerer (architect and image designer).

Best Architecture Still

  • Hamburger Office
    Lichtecht, Ronny Mähl, Matthias Arndt, Germany
  • Arrival
    Bahadir Özbek, Marvin Philipp, Germany
  • Faculty of Engineering + Information Technology / Denton Corker Marshall
    Real Polygons, Marcin Jastrzebski, Poland

Best Architecture Film

  • Putzmeister bauma 2016
    SCHOKOLADE Filmproduktion, Germany
  • Spatial Bodies
    AUJIK, Stefan Larsson, Japan
  • White Apartment
    Florian Tappeser, Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany

The animago jury under the chairmanship of Günter Hagedorn (animago Co-Founder & graphic designer) is made up of Pablo Bach (Founder and CEO LIGA 01, Hamburg), Maggy Fischer (Head of Post Production NEVEREST, Munich), Mirja Fürst (Editor DIGITAL PRODUCTION, Munich), Sinje Gebauer (Freelance VFX & CG Producer, Munich), Elisa Krenz (Freelance Graphics & Motion Designer, Munich), Michael C. Müller (Manager Creation Technologies adidas AG, Herzogenaurach), Rolf Mütze (Co-Founder & CEO LAVAlabs moving images, Dusseldorf), Juri Stanossek (VFX Supervisior Mackevision Medien Design, Stuttgart) and Fuat Yüksel (Houdini FX TD Trixter Film, Munich).

Source: 2016 animago AWARD & CONFERENCE

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.