Baths, Rabbitland, The Bigger Picture win at Anibar
The Polish short Baths by Tomek Ducki was the big winner in the Peja Anibar festival (5-10 August), which celebrated its 5th edition. The film, which won the Grand Prize in the International Competition, animated in mixed techniques, is a fantasy story of two old swimmers who meet at the public baths for their ritual swimming session.
According to its director, Baths is a short film about the dynamics oflife based on a dualistic, constantly oscillating philosophy held between two extremes: fantasy and reality, life and death, body and consciousness, past and future. It explores the classical subject of the relation of a person to his own space and time.
(photo: Haris Alija @ Anibar award ceremony, 10 Aug 2014)
Special Mentions were given to Papa by Jusuf Gërvalla and the stop-motion film Marilyn Myller by Mikey Please (UK). In the Balkan competition, the Serbian political allegory Rabbitland by Ana Nedeljkovic and Nikola Majdak won the prize.
Rabbitland, previously awarded at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival with the Crystal Bear (Short Film Generation), tells the story of Brainless Rabbits who live in Rabittland, a perfectly ordered world whose inhabitants vote once a day.
The Bigger Picture, a hybrid of live-action and stop-motion by UK artist Daisy Jacobs (and Annecy-awarded) received the student award at the 5th Anibar fest.
Special mentions of the Anibar fest were given to Holding brothers hand and how the jelly explodes by Kiana Naghshineh & But Milk is Important by Anna Mantzaris & Eirik Grønmo Bjørnsen. Audience award was given to the UK comedy Don't Fear Death by Louis Hudson. Watch it here
Anibar festival took place from 5-10 August 2014. See more photos from the event in the official Facebook festival page.