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Sam Gainsborough’s ‘Facing It’ Takes Home 2019 VIEW Award

Francesco Filippi’s ‘Red Hands’ wins the Italianmix for best short; ‘Trois Francs, Six Sous,’ and ‘Blieschow’ also take top honors.

Sam Gainsborough’s ‘Facing It’ took home the 2019 VIEW Award for best short film.

VIEW Awards have just been announced for Italy’s 2019 VIEW Conference, with Sam Gainsborough’s claymation / live-action film from the UK’s NFTS, Facing It, taking home the prize for best short film. Trois Francs, Six Sous, a 3D animated short from Supinfocom Rubika, received the jury award for story; Christoph Sarow, from the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, won the jury award for art direction for his film Blieschow.

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Complete information on all winning films is as follows:  

2019 VIEW Award for Best Short Film

Facing It, an 8:30 claymation / live-action film written and directed by Sam Gainsborough, co-written by Louisa Wood, from the National Film and Television School’s Beaconsfield Studio in Beaconsfield, UK.

Gainsborough’s unique film tells the story of how relationships with people mold us – literally as waves of emotion form and reform across the main character Shaun’s often surreal plasticine face. The director writes: “Whilst waiting for his parents in a busy pub, Shaun struggles valiantly to join in with the admirably happy people in the crowd, but the more he tries, the more he goes awry. As everything in the pub goes from bad to worse, Shaun finds himself confronted by the painful memories that made him who he is. His feelings, memories and desires overwhelm him and by the end of the evening he is ready to explode.” The jury praised the unique animation technique used so successfully to convey emotions, and unanimously awarded it the VIEW Award first prize. Gainsborough will receive the VIEW Award’s 2,000-euro prize. 

Jury Award for Story

'Trois Francs, Six Sous,' co-directed by Clémence Ottevaere, Florence Blain, Louise Leblond, Varoon Indalkar, Morgane Ladjel, and Hugo Valdelièvre-Rattier, from Supinfocom Rubika.

Trois Francs, Six Sous, a 6:30 3D animated short co-directed by Clémence Ottevaere, Florence Blain, Louise Leblond, Varoon Indalkar, Morgane Ladjel, and Hugo Valdelièvre-Rattier, is the group’s 2019 graduation film from Supinfocom Rubika in Valenciennes, France. An animated film about a French farmer during World War II, the jurors called this an excellent story well told, and praised the direction. 

Jury Award for Art Direction

'Blieschow,' by Christoph Sarow at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

Blieschow, a 10-minute animated short written and directed by Christoph Sarow at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Painted and animated largely in Photoshop, the film is about a city boy, Tom, who visits his grandfather’s farm where he competes with a seemingly better cousin.  The jury found Sarow’s film beautiful with a sophisticated palette and overall design that served the story well.

Winner of the Italianmix for Best Short

'Red Hands, (Mani Rosse),' by Francesco Filippi.

Red Hands, (Mani Rosse), is a nearly 30-minute stop-motion short film by Italian Director Francesco Filippi at Studio Mistral. In this film, produced by Sattva Films, domestic violence is both physical and psychological. The two young protagonists move toward adulthood using the tools of imagination, dreams, and spiritual affinity. To honor this timely story, the jury awarded Filippi a Wacom Cintiq.

The International Jury for the 2019 VIEW Award & Italianmix is as follows:

  • President of the Jury, VIEW Conference Director Maria Elena Gutierrez
  • Jury’s Chair Barbara Robertson
  • Journalist Carolyn Giardina, Tech Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Danny Dimian, Oscar winning VFX supervisor for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Glenn Entis, Co-Founder, PDI 
  • Eric Darnell, Chief Creative Director and Co-founder Baobab Studios, Director of the Madagascar movies
  • Max Giovagnoli, Director, Visual Arts, Ied Rome
  • Constantin Ionescu, Cinema Engineering Student, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy.

The international VIEW Conference, Italy’s leading event for Computer Graphics, Interactive and Immersive Storytelling, Animation, Visual Effects, Games, and VR, AR, and Mixed Reality, brings top professionals from those fields to the beautiful baroque city of Turin, Italy for a week of talks, presentations, and workshops.

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Source: VIEW Conference 2019

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