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Bronzit’s ‘We Can’t Live Without Cosmos’ Receives Anča Award

U.K. director Daisy Jacobs receives the Anča Student Award for her Oscar-nominated stop motion short film, ‘The Bigger Picture.’

ŽILINA, Slovakia -- The international animation festival Fest Anča wrapped up on Sunday, June 28 at the New Synagogue in Žilina. The main Anča Award -- with prize money of EUR 800 -- was given to Russian director Konstantin Bronzit for his film We Can’t Live Without Cosmos.

The short film, which was awarded the Cristal at the year’s Annecy festival, is an engaging story of two astronauts who try their best in everyday training to make their dream come true. According to the international jury composed of Tomm Moore (IRL), Tünde Vollenbroek (NL) and Alexandra Hetmerová (CZ), “the film is a pure character animation. Human emotions, friendship and an Olympic-like strong will are brilliantly expressed through subtle actions. The character`s personalities don`t need dialogue, they show through the animation. The film´s visual humour and narrative are constantly surprising. All these elements make the winning film a stunning piece, which tells a universal story about the important things in life.”

The Anča Student Award statuette and EUR 400 was awarded to U.K. director Daisy Jacobs for her stop motion short film, The Bigger Picture. The Oscar-nominated short depicts the struggles of two brothers caring for their elderly mother -- a story rarely told in animation. The film’s strong dialogue is complemented by symbolic actions displaying the brothers’ moods, using a technique previously unseen.

The international music videos competition was won by Chris Ullns (U.K.) for the video clip Hey Now that he created for the British band London Grammar. In addition to the Anča Music Video Award statuette, he was also awarded EUR 400. According to the jurors Mari-Liis Rebane (EE), Guillaume Pouchoux (FR) and Ygor Marotta (BR), “The music video that won the Anča Music Video Award stands out because it created a magical environment using the play of light and nature. The film has a delicate balance between sound and visuals.”

The Anča Slovak Award was awarded by the jury composed of Mária Ferenčuhová (SK), Eliška Děcká (CZ) and Jan Naszewski (PL) to Jasmine Elsen`s film Half Bábka that addresses the subject of loneliness in an intelligent, witty, yet touching way.

In cooperation with the Film Europe Media Company, Fest Anča announced two special distribution awards for short Slovak animated films. The Anča D Award winning film Cowboy Land by David Štumpf will be screened in Slovak cinemas before a feature film distributed by the Film Europe Media Company. It will also be broadcasted on the Film Europe Channel. The Anča d Award winner, Petra Heleninová`s AION, will be distributed as an accompanying short on a DVD distributed by the Film Europe Media Company.

“To get a film to distribution is the best award of all, because it enables a local film to reach thousands of viewers,” said festival director Jana Slezáková. “We are very happy that we can offer this opportunity to animated films, as the only festival to do so in Slovakia,”

See below for the full list of winners:

Anča Award

We Can't Live Without Cosmos / Mi ne mozhem zhit bez kosmosa (RU)
Director: Konstantin Bronzit

Tomm Moore Special Mention

The Sleepwalker / Sonambulo (CA)
Director: Theodore Ushev

Tunde Volenbroek Special Mention

World of Tomorrow (USA)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt

Alexandra Hetmerová Special Mention

Isle of Seals (LV)
Director: Edmunds Jansons

Anča Student Award

The Bigger Picture (GB)
Director: Daisy Jacobs

Anča Music Video Award

Hey Now (GB)
Director: Chris Ullns

Anča Music Video Jury Special Mention 1

New Topia (USA)
Director: Adam Fuchs (aka "lilfuchs")

Anča Music Video Jury Special Mention 2

The Trip (BR)
Director: Antonio Vicentini

Anča Slovak Award

Half Bábka (SK, BE)
Director: Jasmine Elsen

Anča Slovak Special Mention

Nina (SK)
Director: Ové Pictures (Veronika Obertová, Michaela Čopíková)

Anča Kids´ Award

Zebra (DE)
Director: Julia Ocker

Anča Kids´ Special Mention:

Bear Story (CL)
Director: Gabriel Osorio

Fest Anča New Talents

The End (SK)
Authors: Dávid Štumpf, Michaela Mihalyiová

Anča D Award:

Cowboy Land (SK)
Director: Dávid Štumpf

 Anča d Award:

Aion (SK)
Director: Petra Heleninová

Source: Anča Fest

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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.