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'The Burden' wins the Anima 2018 Grand Prix

Honor is the second time filmmaker Niki Lindroth von Bahr has won the festival’s top prize. 

Niki Lindroth von Bahr's film Min Börda (The Burden) won the grand prix at the 2018 Anima festival in Brussels.

BRUSSELS -- Swedish short Min Börda (The Burden), directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr, won the grand prix of the 37th Anima Festival, the International Animation Film Festival of Brussels, presented at a ceremony on the final night of the festival.

The win marks the second time the festival’s top prize, which includes 2,500 euros, was awarded to von Bahr, 34, who won the same prize in 2015 for Simhall (Bath House). The award was decided by the international jury: Pierre-Luc Granjon, Janet Perlman and Jose Miguel Ribeiro.

The jury gave its special award to American filmmaker Trevor Jimenez for Weekends, while the award for best student short film went to the German short by Florian Maubach, Räuber & Gendarm (Cops & Robbers).

The junior jury gave its award for the best short film for a young audience to the French film La Boîte, directed by Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Aloïs Mathé, Juliette Perrey and Joran Rivet.

The Award for the best Belgian short film went to Wildebeest, by Nicolas Keppens & Matthias Phlips, who also walked away with the SACD Author Award.

The grand prix for best short film of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles went to Rocío Álvarez's Simbiosis Carnal.

Anima's public decided to reward Tehran Taboo by Ali Soozandeh as the best feature for adults, and The Green Bird by Pierre Perveyrie & Maximilien Bougeois as best short film, while the young audience chose the German short Ameise, by Julia Ocker.

The full list of honorees can be found here.

Source: ANIMA

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