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GIRAF 2021 Winners Announced

The Quickdraw Animation Society’s annual event showcases Canadian and International animation; winners include ‘My Head Aches When I Look Too Long’ named Best Canadian Short Film and ‘Boxballet’ honored as Best International Short Film.

The Quickdraw Animation Society has announced the winners of its jury and audience prizes at the 17th annual Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF). The festival is a celebration of independent animation that showcases Canadian and international animated films.

The winners are:

Juried Awards

Best Canadian Short Film:


  • My Head Aches When I Look Too Long (dir. Callahan Bracken, 2020)

Honorable Mention:

  • Petal to the Metal (dir. Emily Pelstring, 2020)

Best International Short Film:


  • Boxballet (dir. Anton Dyakov, Russia, 2020)

Honorable Mention:

  • Fall of the Ibis King (dir. Mikai Geronimo and Josh O’Caoimh, Ireland, 2021)

Jury Special Mentions (in alphabetical order by title):

  • A Bite of Bone (dir. Honami Yano, Japan, 2021)
  • And Yet We’re Not Super Heroes (dir. Lia Bertels, Belgium/Portugal/France, 2021)
  • Camille (dir. Nathanaël Sonn, France, 2020)
  • Fledge (dir. Hani Dombe and Tom Kouris, Israel/France, 2021)
  • Sanctuary (dir. Eva Matejovičová, Czech Republic, 2021)

Audience Choice Awards

Audience Choice – Canadian Short Film:


  • Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics (dir. Terril Calder, 2021)

Honorable Mention:

  • The Clockwork Elves (dir. Nick Cross, 2020)

Audience Choice – International Short Film:


  • Love is Just a Death Away (dir. Bára Anna Stejskalová, Czech Republic, 2020)

Honorable Mention:

  • Nocturne (dir. Alexander Dupuis, United States, 2020)

The Quickdraw Animation Society is a member driven not-for-profit that fosters a creative community through resources and opportunities that further animation arts and culture. Its GIRAF animation festival is held each November.

Source: The Quickdraw Animation Society