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Sergiu Negulici’s ‘The Blissful Accidental Death’ Takes Hiroshima Grand Prize

Romanian director’s film about a journey to find 70-year-old love letter’s author wins top festival award. 

The Hiroshima International Animation Festival today announced its 2018 award winners, with Romania’s Sergiu Negulici taking home the Grand Prize for his animated short, The Blissful Accidental Death. Produced by Adriana Ionica and Reniform Studio, the film is about a man, who after finding a 70-year-old love letter in an antique shop, takes an unusual journey to find the author.  

Established in 1985 as a project commemorating the 40th anniversary of the atomic bombing, the festival was founded with an ideal to promote and pursue eternal world peace through the development of animation art, which is a medium common to all human beings beyond nations and languages. The Hiroshima Festival is considered one of the most respected animation festivals in the world. It is also qualified as an Academy Award Short Film Festival.

For this year’s 17th edition, 75 titles from 88 countries and regions were selected for competition out of a field of 2,842 entries.

The complete list of winners is:

Grand Prize:

The Blissful Accidental Death

Sergiu Negulici, director

Adriana Ionica, producer

Reniform Productions / Romania

Hiroshima Prize:


Judit Wunder, director

József Fülöp, producer

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest / Hungary

Debut Prize:

The Ogre

Laurène Braibant, director

Richard Van den Boom, producer

Papy3D Productions / France

Audience Prize:


Britt Raes, director

Creative Conspiracy / Belgium

Special International Jury Prize:

XOXO hugs and kisses

Wiola Sowa, director

Robert Sowa, producer

Sowa Film / Poland


Antonis Ntoussias and Aris Fatouros, directors

Michael Sarantinos, producer


The Pocket Man

Ana Chubinidze, director

Corinne Destombes, producer

Folimage / Switzerland, France and Georgia

Golden Oldies

Joost Lieuwma and Daan Velsink, directors and producers

Frame Order / The Netherlands

The Lost Garden

Natalia Chernysheva, director

Tant Mieux Prod / France


Mónica Santos and Alice Guimarães, directors

Nuno Amorim (ANIMAIS AVPL), Vanessa Ventura (ANIMAIS AVPL), Jean-François Le Corre (VIVEMENT LUNDI !), Mathieu Courtois (VIVEMENT LUNDI !) and Pedro Medeiros (UM SEGUNDO FILMES), producers

Portugal and France



Chintis Lundgren

Jelena Popovic (National Film Board of Canada), Draško Ivezić (Adriatic Animation) and Chintis Lundgren (Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio), producers

Croatia, Canada and Estonia

Special Prize:


Torill Kove, director

Lise Fearnley (Mikrofilm AS), Tonje Skar Reiersen (Mikrofilm AS) and Michael Fukushima (National Film Board of Canada), producers

Canada and Norway


Britt Raes, director

Creative Conspiracy / Belgium

Hate for Sale

Anna Eijsbouts, director and producer

The Netherlands

Please Frog, just one sip

Diek Grobler, director

Fopspeen Moving Pictures / South Africa


Veljko Popovic

Milivoj Popovic (Lemonade 3D / Krupni kadar), Veljko Popovic (Lemonade 3D/ Krupni kadar), Patrick Hernandez (Bagan Films) and Lado Skorin (3D2D Animatori), producers

Croatia and France

Source: The Hiroshima International Animation Festival

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