Chris Landreth, Uma historia de amor e furia win at 2013 Annecy Festival

 236 films were  presented in competition at the Annecy Film Festival 2013,  selected from a total of 2,460, along with the retrospective programmes.

The Oscar-awarded animator Chris Landreth (Ryan) won the Cristal D' Annecy (best short film) for his Subconscious Password. "In the middle of a crowded bar, Charles finds himself feeling increasingly desperate. The cause of his misery is an old friend he’s just run into; his old friend... you know... what’s-his-name...". [more about the film]

The Russian film The Wound (Obida) by Anna Budanova won the special jury award for a short film. A little girl's resentment is embodied in a shaggy creature that becomes her best friend. They begin to grow side by side.

The Luiz Bolognesi-directed feature, Uma história de amor e fúria (Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury) won the Cristal for Best Feature. [trailer]

Alive  for more than 600 years, the protagonist narrates the events taking place in four different periods of Brazil's history and always fighting at the side of the weakest to find his true love.

 A sweet and loving French/Luxemburgian film, My mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill [info-trailer] was awarded a special distinction. The Spanish gothic horror film The Apostle [review] by Fernando Cortizo was the recipient of the audience award for best feature film.

Best graduation film Ab Ovo by Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi (Poland).  The film synopsis reads: Imagine that someone starts to live inside of you and takes up more and more space until he almost makes you explode. Would you be able to love him? The Ottawa-awarded I Am Tom Moody  by Ainslie Henderson (Edinburgh College of Art, UK) won the Special Jury Award for Graduation film.

 Pandas by Matus Vizar, which won a third prize at the Cinefondation competition (Cannes), was awarded with a special distinction. German animator Andreas Hykade was awarded for the TV special Tom & The Queen Bee (Germany,Studio Film Bilder)

 The story of the wild savage in Daniel Sousa's Feral won 3 awards, including a special distinction at the Fipresci award.

All the winners:

Short Film Awards


The Annecy Cristal:  Subconscious Password > Jeu de l’inconscient, Chris Landreth (Canada, ONF, Copper Heart Entertainment Production)

Special Jury Award: Obida > The Wound, Anna Budanova (Russia, Studio "Ural-Cinema")

Distinction for a first film: Trespass, Paul Wenninger, Austria

"Jean-Luc Xiberras" Award for a first film: Norman, Robbe Vervaeke (Belgium, Cinnamon Entertainment)

Special Distinction: Kolmnurga afäär > The Triangle Affair, Andres Tenusaar (Estonia)

Sacem Award for original music: Lonely Bones, Rosto (Netherlands)

Junior Jury Award for a short film: Feral, Daniel Sousa (US)

Audience award for a short film: Lettres de femmes, Augusto Zanovello (France, Pictor Media, XBO Films)


Feature Film Awards

The Cristal for best feature: Uma história de amor e fúria > Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury, Luiz Bolognesi (Brazil, Buriti Filmes, Gullane)

Special Distinction: My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill, Marc Boréal, Thibaut Chatel (France, Luxembourg, Label Anim, Melusine Productions, Studio Canal)

Audience Award: O Apóstolo , Fernando Cortizo Rodriguez (Spain, Artefacto Producciones)

TV and Commissioned Film Awards

The Cristal for best TV production: Room on the Broom, Jan Lachauer, Max Lang (UK, Magic Light Pictures)

Special Award for a TV series: Tom & The Queen Bee, Andreas Hykade (Germany,Studio Film Bilder)

Award for best TV special: L’Automne de Pougne > Poppety in the Fall, Pierre-Luc Granjon, Antoine Lanciaux (France,Foliascope, Carpediem Film & TV, ONF)

Cristal for best commissioned film: Dumb Ways to Die, Julian Frost, Australia, McCann Melbourne)

Special Jury Award: Benjamin Scheuer "The Lion", Peter Baynton (UK)

Graduation Film Awards

Award for best graduation film: Ab ovo, Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi (Poland, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School)

Special Jury Award:I Am Tom Moody,  Ainslie Henderson (UK, Edinburgh College of Art)

Special Distinction: Pandy > Pandas,  Matus Vizar (Slovakia, BFILM/FAMU)

Junior Jury Award for a graduation film:Nyuszi és Oz > Rabbit and Deer, Peter Vacz (Hungary)

Other prizes

Unicef Award: Because I’m a Girl > Parce que je suis une fille, Raj Yagnik, Mary Matheson, Hamilton Shona (UK)

Fipresci Award: Gloria Victoria, Theodore Ushev (Canada, ONF)

Special distinction: Feral, Daniel Sousa (US)

Festivals Connexion Award – Région Rhône-Alpes with Lumières Numériques: Feral,  Daniel Sousa (US)

"CANAL+ creative aid" Award for a short film > Autour du lac, Carl Roosens, Noémie Marsily (Belgium, Zorobabel)


The Funniest Film according to the Annecy public:  KJFG No 5,  Alexey Alekseev (Hungary, Studio Baestarts) -and a well-deserved award.


The next Annecy festival takes place from 9-14 June 2014.


Rio 2096; A History of Love and Fury


Chris Landreth

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