Hertzfeldt, My Dad, Boy and the Beast Take Home 2016 Anima Prizes

 The 35th Brussels International Animation Festival, Anima 2016, came to a close Sunday evening with the announcements of its prizewinning films. The Anima 2016 international jury, made up of Sergio Honorez (B), Publisher (Dupuis), Niki Lindroth von Bahr (S), Film Director, and Nicolas Ménard (CDN), Film Director decided to award the Anima Grand Prix to the American filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt for his short film World of Tomorrow .

 The jury praised the stick-figure sci-fhi short for its cinematic achievement, its mind-bending and imaginative sci-fi story, its masterful use of voice and music.

The jury also gave their Special Jury Award to the Japanese film Maku directed by Yoriko Mizushiri (JP), and singled out British student filmmaker Marcus Armitage and his short My Dad (UK) as the Best Graduation Short Film. Armitage was also nominated for a 2015 BAFTA award  for his radical portrayal of a father-son relationship.

Another 2016 Oscar candidate, the Russian director Konstantin Bronzit was given the Audience Award for his We Can't Live Without Cosmos.

The Anima public paid tribute to the work of Japanese filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda and his The Boy and The Beast (Bakemono no Ko) (JP) by rewarding him with the Audience Award for Best Feature.

The National (Belgium) competition jury (Amaury Coljon, Seppe de Kepper, Deb Singleton) awarded the Anima 2016 Grand Prix for Best Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Short Film to Caroline Nugues-Bourchat for her film De Longues Vacances.


The Best Belgian Short went to Bram Mondy for Rapsodie en rose, a story of loneliness and sadness with surrealistic imagery. 



Chloé Alliez walked away with the Best Graduation Short Film for her Toutes Nuancées.

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 In a minimalist design, different portraits of women parade swiftly to illustrate the reasons to love women. Over this enumeration, a stereotypical vision is mixed with a more serious and realistic one to show all the subtil shades of woman.

The Author Award was given to Ely Dagher for the Cannes-awarded Waves'98.

The Junior Jury, the team of reporters from "Ceci n'est pas un buzz", awarded the Best Short Film for a Young Audience to Swiss filmmaker Lena von Döhren's The Little Bird and the Squirrel (Der Kleine Vogel und das Eichhörnchen)

The complete awards list:


Jury Awards

Grand Prix Anima 2016 for Best International Short Film, provided by the Brussels-Capital Region (2.500€): World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt, United States

Special Jury Award Anima 2016: Maku, Yoriko Mizushiri, Japan

Anima 2016 Award for Best Student Short Film provided by TV Paint (software license TVPaint Animation 11 Edition Standard, worth 500€): My Dad, Marcus Armitage, United Kingdom
Special Mention: Fish is What I Desire, Yao Xiang, United Kingdom

Anima 2016 Award for Best Short Film for Children (youth-jury): The Little Bird and the Squirrel (Der Kleine Vogel und das Eichhörnchen), Lena von Döhren, Switzerland
Special mention: Perfect Houseguest, Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter, United States

Audience Awards

Anima 2016 Audience Award for Best Animated Feature, provided by FedEx (voucher worth 2.500€): The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko), Mamoru Hosoda, Japan

Anima 2016 Audience Award for Best Animated Feature for Children: Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde), Rémi Chayé, Denmark /France

Anima 2016 Audience Award for Best Short Film: We can't live without cosmos (Mi ne mozhem zhit bez kosmosa), Konstantin Bronzit, Russian Federation

Anima 2016 Audience Award for Short Film for Children: Shaun the Sheep - The Farmer's Llamas, Jay Grace, United Kingdom

Anima 2016 Animation Night Audience Award for Best Short Film: Paniek!, Joost Lieuwma, Daan Velsink, The Netherlands


Partner Awards

BeTV Award for Best Animated Feature (5.000 € for acquisition of broadcasting rights): Adama, Simon Rouby, France

Press Award for Best Short Film
Le Repas dominical, Celine Devaux, France



Jury Awards

Anima 2016 Award for Best Belgian Short Film, provided by SABAM (2.500€): Rapsodie en Rose, Bram Mondy
Special Mention: Beast, Pieter Coudyzer

Grand Prix Anima 2016 for Best Short of the Fédération Wallonie -Bruxelles, provided by the Fédération Wallonie -Bruxelles (2.500€): De Longues Vacances, Caroline Nugues-Bourchat

Anima 2016 Author Award provided by SACD (2.500€): Waves '98, Ely Dagher

Anima 2016 Best Belgian Student Short Film Award, provided by TV Paint (TVPaint Animation 11 Edition Standard license, worth 500 €): Toutes Nuancées, Chloé Alliez
Special Mention: Nossiop, Zoé Hardy


Partner Awards

BeTV Award (acquisition of broadcasting rights): Voltaire, Jan Snoekx

RTBF – La Trois Award (acquisition of broadcasting rights): Toutes Nuancées, Chloé Alliez

Cinergie Award (Electronic Press Kit): Toutes Nuancées, Chloé Allie


 The festival screened over 250 films from 31 countries in its 10 days, taking also benefit from the cordial environment of animation professionals that were all over the place in the Flagey buildings.

The 34th edition of Anima will take place in Brussels,  from 24 February to 5 March.





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