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‘Cat Days,’ ‘Kokosha’ Claim Top Prizes at Stuttgart

Festival wraps its anniversary 25th edition with a full slate of honors for international and German animated projects.

‘Cat Days’ won the Grand Prix at the 2018 Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film.

STUTTGART, GERMANY -- The 25th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film closed April 29 with its awards ceremony, presenting the Grand Prix to the German-Japanese production Cat Days, by Jon Frickey, which is now qualified for the Academy Awards.

The Tricks for Kids short film competition had its first award ceremony, with the jury awarding Tatiana Moshkova for her short movie Kokosha (Coco`s Day).

The Trickstar Professional Awards Gala took place in the context of the Animation Production Day. The best German animation screenplay, the award for the best animated series for children, the brand-new Germany`s Next Animation Talent and the Animated Com Award International were presented at a joint gala.

The honorary Trickstar went up to Dittmar Lumpp, former managing director of the Film- und Medienfestival for the merit of building up and upgrading the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film.

The list of prize winners:

  • Grand Prix: Cat Days. Director: Jon Frickey. Producers: Jon Frickey, Takashi Horiguchi. Germany, Japan 2017, 11:09 min.
  • Special Mention: (Fool Time) JOB. Director: Gilles Cuvelier. Producer: Richard Van Den Boom. Production: Papy3D Productions. France 2017, 16:31 min.
  • Lotte Reiniger Award for animation film: Enough. Director: Anna Mantzaris. School: Royal College of Art. Great Britain 2017, 2:19 min.
  • SWR Audience Award: Negative Space. Director: Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter. Producers: Edwina Liard, Jean-Louis Padis, Nidia Santiago. Production: Ikki Films. France 2017, 5:30.
  • Young Animation -- Best student film: Sog, Director: Jonatan Schwenk. Producer: Jonatan Schwenk. School: Kunsthochschule Kassel. Germany 2017, 10:14 min
    • Special Mention: Augenblicke. Director: Kiana Naghshineh. Producers: Mareike Keller, Malte Stehr. School: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg – Animationsinstitut. Germany 2017, 3:45 min.
  • The FANtastic Prize: O Matko! (Oh Mother!). Director: Paulina Ziolkowska. Producers: Piotr Furmankiewicz, Mateusz Michalak. Production: Fumi Studio. School: The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School - Lodz Film School. Poland 2017, 12:49 min.
    • Special Mention: Cubed. Director: Xue En Ge. School: Nanyang Technological University. Singapore 2017, 3:52 min.
  • Tricks For Kids Shorts: Kokosha (Coco's Day). Director: Tatiana Moshkova. Producers: Mikhail Aldashin, Boris Mashkovtsev. Russia 2017, 4:20 min.
    • Special Mention: Le Vent dans les roseaux (The Wind in the Reeds). Director: Arnaud Demuynck, Nicolas Liguori. Producer: Arnaud Demuynck. Production: Les Films du Nord. France, Switzerland 2016, 26:37 min.
  • Tricks For Kids -- Series (National -- MIP Junior 2018): Animanimals -- Sloth. Germany, 2018, 4:00 Min. Director: Julia Ocker Production: Studio FILM BILDER
  • Tricks For Kids -- Series (International -- MIP Junior 2018): Hey Duggee -- The Tadpole Badge. Great Britain, 2016, 7:00 Min. Director: Grant Orchard. Production: Studio Aka
  • Amazon Audience Award: Hybrids. Director: Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion. School: MoPA. France 2017, 6:22 min.
  • Animovie: Xing Fu Lu Shang (On Happiness Road). Director: Hsin-Yin Sung. Producer: Sylvia Feng. Production: On Happiness Road Productions Ltd. Taiwan 2017, 110 min.
  • Trickstar Business Award: Project “House of Broken Hearts” von Tünde Vollenbroek. Production: Studio Pupil. The Netherlands.
  • German Screenplay Award: Peterchens Mondfahrt. Authors: Ali Samadi Ahadi und Arne Nolting
  • German Voice Actor Award: Axel Prahl for the role of “Old Bill“ in the film Capt’n Sharky
    • Special Mention: Jochen Kuhn and Eric Hanson for Painting in Motion.

The next International Festival of Animated Film in Stuttgart will take place April 30 to May 5, 2019

Source: Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film

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