The Burden, Weekends, Tehran Taboo Win at 2018 Anima Brussels
The 37th edition of Anima Festival, the International Animation Film Festival of Brussels. ended Sunday, 18 Feb at Flagey's Studio 4 hosted the closing ceremony of festival, which featured 73 international guests from 17 countries, including South Korea, Japan, Poland, Estonia and the USA.
The international jury - made up of Pierre-Luc Granjon (FR), Janet Perlman (CA) and Jose Miguel Ribeiro (PT) - decided to reward the Swedish musical existential comedy MIN BÖRDA (THE BURDEN), directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr, with the Anima 2018 Grand Prix (accompanied by 2,500 Euros provided by the Brussels-Capital Region). Niki Lindroth von Bahr also walked away with the same prize in 2015 for her film SIMHALL (BATH HOUSE).
The jury gave its Special Award to American filmmaker Trevor Jimenez for his film WEEKENDS, the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents in 1980s Toronto. The Award for Best Student Short Film went to the German short by Florian Maubach, RÄUBER & GENDARM (COPS & ROBBERS).
Finally, the junior jury, made up of representatives from the webtv Ceci n'est pas un Buzz and Ouftivi, gave their Award for the Best Short Film for a Young Audience to the French film LA BOÎTE, directed by Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Aloïs Mathé, Juliette Perrey and Joran Rivet. An old man ends up taming the mouse he wanted to get rid of.
The jury for the national competition - made up of Chris Ullens (BE), Jen Hall (GB) and Anu-Laura Tuttelberg (EE) - gave the Award for the Best Belgian Short Film (provided by SABAM) to WILDEBEEST by Nicolas Keppens & Matthias Phlips, who also walked away with the SACD Author Award. For middle-aged couple Linda and Troyer, going on a safari turns into a horribly real adventure when they get left behind in the wilderness.
The Grand Prix for Best Short Film of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles went to Rocío Álvarez's SIMBIOSIS CARNAL, a circular story about the sexuality historical frustrations and pleasures.
Anima's public decided to reward the Iranian rotoscope animation feature TEHRAN TABOO by Ali Soozandeh as the Best Feature for Adults, and THE GREEN BIRD by Pierre Perveyrie & Maximilien Bougeois as Best Short Film, while the young audience chose the German short AMEISE by Julia Ocker.
All the European prizewinning films awarded at Anima are now eligible for the Emile Awards and the Anima 2018 is eligible for the Oscars®.
Full Awards' List:
Prizes awarded by the international competition jury:
Anima 2018 Grand Prix for Best Short Film provided by the Brussels-Capital Region (2500 €): Min Börda (The Burden), Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Sweden
Special Jury Award (short film category): Weekends, Trevor Jimenez, USA
Special Mention: Kötü Kız, Ayce Kartal, France / Turkey
Award for Best Student Short Film(software licence TVPaint Animation 11 Standard Edition): Räuber & Gendarm (Cops & Robbers), Florian Maubach, Germany
Special Mentions: Petit Astre, Etienne Baillieu, France and Pombo Loves You, Steve Warne, United Kingdom
Award for Best Short Film for a Young Audience (junior jury Ceci n’est pas un buzz and Ouftivi) (purchase of broadcast rights on Ouftivi): La Boite, Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Aloïs Mathé, Juliette Perrey, Joran Rivet, France
Special Mention: Löwe Julia Ocker, Germany
Prizes awarded by the international public:
Audience Award for Best Feature, provided by FedEx (voucher worth 2,500 €): Teheran Tabou, Ali Soozandeh, Germany
Audience Award for Best Short Film: The Green Bird, Pierre Perveyrie & Maximilien Bougeois, France
Audience Award for Best Short Film for a Young Audience: Ameise, Julia Ocker, Germany
Animated Night Audience Award for Best Short Film: Voyagers, Gauthier Ammeux & Valentine Baillon, France
BeTV Award for Best Feature (purchase of broadcasting rights): Tehran Taboo, Ali Soozandeh, Germany
Creative Revelation Award (2,500 € provided by the Korean Cultural Centre): My Mamma is Bossies, Naomi van Niekerk, South Africa
Critics Award for Best Short Film (UPCB / UCC): Hedgehog's Home, Eva Cvijanović, Croatia/Canada
Prizes awarded by the national competition jury:
Award for Best Belgian Short Film offered by the Sabam (2,500 €): Wildebeest, Nicolas Keppens & Matthias Phlips, Belgium
Grand Prix for Best Short Film from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles provided by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (2,500 €): Simbiosis Carnal, Rocío Álvarez, Belgium
Author Award provided by the SACD (2,500 €): Wildebeest, Nicolas Keppens & Matthias Phlips, Belgium
BeTV Award (purchase of broadcasting rights): A chacun sa malédiction, Lorène Yavo, Belgium
RTBF-La Trois Award (purchase of broadcasting rights): Le Marcheur, Frédéric Hainaut, Belgium
Cinergie Award (electronic press kit): Simbiosis Carnal, Rocío Álvarez, Belgium
The counter for the 2017 Anima edition should exceed over 45,000 festival-goers, including 30,000 in Brussels. Over 325 films, coming from all over the world, were screened during the ten days of Anima. Next year's Anima Fesitval takes place 1-10 March 2019.