Films by Rémi Chayé and Theodor Ushev among 21 winning projects awarded at the 44th festival edition, held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite their forced but well executed move to an online platform due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Annecy 2020 festival organizers still managed to hold firm to their traditional Saturday evening Awards Ceremony; in a set of virtual presentations just revealed, Citia CEO Mickaël Marin and festival artistic director Marcel Jean have announced 21 winning artists and projects across a range of features, shorts, TV programs and VR experiences.
In the top awards, director Rémi Chayé’s Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary took home the Cristal for a feature film, while Theodore Ushev’s The Physics of Sorrow won the Cristal for a short film. Naked, by Kirill Khachaturov, took home the Cristal for a graduation film.
Acknowledging his Cristal as well as yesterday’s FIRPESCI Prize win, Ushev said, “Annecy has always been an important part of my life as a filmmaker, from my first projects on the web in 2002 to my latest film, The Physics of Sorrow. The festival practically took me by the hand and taught me to walk, as a father would for his child. I’ve won several awards at Annecy, except one: the spectacular Cristal Award. I’m extremely happy to receive it now, and feel like a mountaineer who has finally reached the summit after 18 years of climbing: this is my Everest!”
The full list of awards is shown below – click here for the list of Special Award winners announced yesterday:
Cristal for a Feature Film:
Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary
MAYBE MOVIES, NORLUM
The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks
Kill It and Leave this Town
BOMBONIERKA, EXTREME OPTIONS, IAM - ADAM MICKIEWICZ INSTITUTE, EC1 LODZ - CITY OF CULTURE, LETKO, DI FACTORY, GIGANT FILMS, POLISH FILM INSTITUTE
My Favorite War
Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen
BIVROST FILM & TV, EGO MEDIA
Contrachamp Jury Distinction:
The Shaman Sorceress
MEDITATION WITH A PENCIL
Cristal for a Short Film:
The Physics of Sorrow
NFB – NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
AUTOUR DE MINUIT, UNIKO ESTUDIO CREATIVO
“JEAN-LUC XIBERRAS” Award for a First Film:
ARC ANIME STUDIO
AKADEMIE SCHLOSS SOLITUDE
KAZAK PRODUCTIONS, FOLIMAGE
Germany, Hong Kong
TV AND COMMISSIONED FILMS
Cristal for a TV Production:
Jury Award for a TV Series:
Undone "The Hospital"
AMAZON PRIME VIDEO, TORNANTE PRODUCTIONS, LLC, SUBMARINE
Jury Award for a TV Special:
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Cristal for a Commissioned Film
Lucky Chops "Traveler"
Daniel Almagor, Raman Djafari
Greenpeace "Turtle Journey"
AARDMAN ANIMATIONS LTD
Cristal for a Graduation Film:
MOSCOW SCHOOL OF NEW CINEMA
RCA - ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART
KOREAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ARTS - KNUADIS - K'ARTS
Cristal for Best VR Work:
Raqi Syed, Areito Echevarria
France, New Zealand
LIKE AMBER, FLORÉAL FILMS
Jury Special Distinction:
Battlescar – Punk Was Invented by Girls
Martin Allais, Nicolas Casavecchia
ATLAS V, ALBYON, 1ST AVENUE MACHINE, RYOT, ARTE FRANCE
Annecy 2020 Online continues through June 30.
Source: Annecy International Animation Film Festival
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