Estonia’s ‘House of Unconsciousness’ wins the Grand Prix award in the narrative short category; Japan’s ‘Dark Mixer’ wins in the non-narrative short category.
On Sunday, March 22, the awards for several competitions were presented at the 2015 Holland Animation Film Festival at the Louis Hartlooper Complex in Utrecht.
Best Short Films
Grand Prix narrative short
House of Unconsciousness, Priit Tender, Eesti Joonisfilm, Kalev Tamm, Estonia, 2015
From the jury report: Led by electric guitar noises, fluid visuals create seamless sceneries which keep drawing us into the world filled with beautiful symbolism and bizarreness.
Grand Prix non-narrative short
Dark Mixer, Hirotoshi Iwasaki, Hirotoshi Iwasaki, Japan, 2014
From the jury report: Because of the way it combines parts of the real world to make something new out of it, suggesting a twisted reality.
Best Feature Film
Grand Prix feature film
On the White Planet, Bum-wook Hur, The Korean Academy Of Film Arts, Ki-Hwan Kim, South Korea, 2014
From the jury report: A simple but effective style, as the French writer Céline said: “L’important, c’est le style.”
Best Student Film
Grand Prix student film
Small People with Hats, Sarina Nihei, Royal College of Art, Joan Ashworth, United Kingdom, 2014
From the jury report: The jury members were impressed by her command of timing, character design and acerbic wit.
Best Dutch Animation
Grand Prix for Dutch animation
Nobody Beats the Drum: Let it Go, Max Italiaander, Levi Jacobs, Maxmana, Max Italiaander, Netherlands, 2014
From the jury report: A cheeky clip; the granular images go well with the music. Raw, funny and beautifully colored.
HAFF Audience Award Dutch animation
A Single Life, Job, Joris & Marieke, Job, Joris & Marieke, Netherlands, 2014
HAFF Junior Audience Award (in cooperation with EYE)
Historia de un Oso (Bear Story), Gabriel Osorio, Punkrobot Animation Studio, Pato Escala, Chile, 2014
MovieZone HAFF Award (in cooperation with EYE)
Splintertime, Rosto, Studio Rosto A.D, Rosto, Autour de Minuit Productions, Nicolas Schmerkin, S.O.I.L., Geert van Goethem, Netherlands, France, Belgium, 2014
Source: Holland Animation Film Festival