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‘Purpleboy’ Wins Grand Prix at 39th Anima Festival

Alexandre Siqueira’s short takes top honor along with a 2,500-euro prize; Luca Tóth’s ‘Mr. Mare’ awarded the international jury’s special prize.

The 39th ANIMA, the Brussels International Animation Film Festival came to a close on Sunday evening in Flagey's Studio 4.

The international jury, comprised of Jonathan Hodgson, Sébastien Laudenbach and Karolina Specht, awarded Alexandre Siqueira’s short film Purpleboy with the Anima 2020 Grand Prix, along with a prize of 2,500 euros given by the Région de Bruxelles-Capitale.

The jury also awarded its special prize to Luca Tóth for his film Mr. Mare, and gave the Creative Revelation prize, offered by the Korean Cultural Centre for the best student short film, to Sh_t Happens by David Stumpf and Michaela Mihalyi.

The final international prize, decided by the junior jury, made up of representatives from the webtv Ceci n’est pas un Buzz, chose Carol Freeman’s The Bird and the Whale as best short film for a young audience.

The national competition jury, comprised of Juan Antin, Alex Dudok de Wit and Sarah Van Den Boom, awarded the prize for best Belgian short film, offered by the Sabam, to On n’est pas près d’être des super héros by Lia Bertels. The Federation Wallonia-Brussels Grand Prix for best film went to Saigon sur Marne by Aude Ha Leplège.

The short Hello, Are We in the Show?, by Simona Denicolai and Ivo Provoost, won the SACD prize, and the best Belgian student short film prize, offered by Amplo, went to Gaspar Chabaud for Tête de linotte!

The VR competition jury, comprised of Victor Lecomte, Elisabeth Meur-Poniris and Leen Segers, chose Songbird by Lucy Greenwell, Michelle and Uri Kranot, as best virtual reality short.

The public chose to award Old Man Cartoon Movie by Oskar Lehemaa and Mikk Mägi as best feature film and The Physics of Sorrow by Theodore Ushev as best short film. The young spectators voted for the feature SamSam by Tanguy De Kermel and the short L’Odyssée de Choum by Julien Bisaro. And finally, Wild West Compressed by Christian Kaufmann won the vote for the best (and craziest!) Animated Night short.

You can check out the full list of Prizewinners and photos of the awarded films here.

The 40th Anima Festival will take place February 12-21, 2021, in Brussels.