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Festival Description Glas Animation Festival introduces new ideas and expands the scope of animation by bringing new voices, new talents, new themes, and a new generation of independent filmmakers and curators to the United States. It exhibits films from local and international artists and filmmakers across the animation spectrum, creating a community and space for industry veterans, historians, animation enthusiasts, and emerging talent from diverse backgrounds to come together, share, learn, and appreciate the animated art form in a critical context
Official Competition, Grand Prix: Genius Loci By Adrien Merigeau
JURY STATEMENT:Beautiful chaos. Through an unpredictable mixture of visuals and sounds, we contemplate the night of a loner woman that seems to be guided by a mystical unity.
New Talent: Daughter by Daria Kashcheeva
JURY STATEMENT: The impressive camera movements align satisfyingly with the story, framing the love and hate between generations. We see what we don’t see: the absence of the mother; the little bird has to fly into a closed window, facing death, before she is able to flight. Poetic and well done.
High Risk: Swatted by By Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
JURY STATEMENT: A brilliantly executed examination of real-world violence within a digital subculture, repurposing the very games that are being played by the subjects. In Swatted, the medium is inextricably tied to the subject matter and the deconstruction of the playable digital spaces is incredibly poignant.
SPECIAL MENTION: ENTROPIA By Flóra Anna Bud
JURY STATEMENT: Honest, energetic, sensual and symbolic, it submerges us in an oniric universe full of vibrant colors and playful sounds.
SPECIAL MENTION: THE SIX By Xi Chen
JURY STATEMENT: Whether the film follows a traditional form of Chinese shadow theater or rather employs its repetitive motifs to develop a cinematic language, the film fascinates with its poetry and composition.
SPECIAL MENTION: MOVEMENTS By Dahee Jeong
JURY STATEMENT: Incredibly fun vignettes of spatial play, and the surrealist combinations of character studies are striking and memorable. A joyous, disorienting piece.
Fxx Elevation Award: Genius Loci by Adrien Merigeau
FX is proud to present the 2020 Elevation Award to Adrien Mérigeau’s GENIUS LOCI. In its shifting lines, morphing colors, and elegant writing the film immerses us into the mind of the lonely soul, seamlessly capturing her fears, joys, relationships and eventual peace. A beautiful film that explores the chaos of our world while celebrating the subjectivity of the human experience.
Cartoon Brew Filmmaker to Watch Award: Riviera by Jonas Schloesing
The film adopts a slow pace — always a risk — as it builds up a rich atmosphere. We experience the character’s disorientation and feel the oppressive heat of his environment. With humor, poignancy, and discipline, Riviera gives us an insight into true isolation.
US COMPETITION WINNER: CAGE MATCH By Bryan Lee
JURY STATEMENT: Using subtle sound effects and weird dialogue, this story leads us to such an original and surreal world. The uncanny but somehow beautiful characters made us laugh. This is perfectly entertaining.
US SPECIAL MENTION: MIZUKO By Kira Dane/Katelyn Rebelo
JURY STATEMENT: Using such a beautiful hand-drawn technique, live action footage and paper craft, this film deeply reminded me of a childhood memory and yarning. I was moved by every shot in this film.
FAMILY COMPETITION WINNER: FRONT DOOR By Ye-jin Lee
JURY STATEMENT: Shut the front door! A strikingly simple story, elegantly crafted. A lesson in empathy for kids oF aLL AgEs!
FAMILY COMPETITION SPECIAL MENTION: FRIENDS LOVE By Miss. Diya M
JURY STATEMENT: A touching, brutally concise, tale of platonic love. If you aren’t instantly enveloped by the world of Friends Love, we’ve got this message to send to you: To those with a heart, you are invited for those with a heart tour in GLAS2020 for 3 minutes FRIENDS LOVE ASSOCIATION.
Best Gif: High Five Busiess: Christopher Rutledge
The Official Competition Jury consists of Barbara Cerro, Sam Rolfes, and Paul Wenninger. The Family + US Competition Jury includes Sarina Nihei and Vincent Oliver. In addition to those prizes, there will be an Audience Prize at the Fall edition of the festival in Los Angeles, where the festival will screen all the competition selections, showcases, and more.
2020 Festival Guests
First round of guests for the 5th edition includes, Mike Judge, Caroline Leaf, Gabriel Harel and Paul Wenninger.
The 5th GLAS 2020 Signal Film directed by Lénaïg Le Moigne and featuring sounds by Skillbard.
Lénaïg Le Moigne: Born in Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, France in 1991, she completed her degree at the Ecole des Métiers du Cinéma d’Animation (EMCA) in 2015 with the film QUAND REVIENDRAS-TU?. L'APRÈS-MIDI DE CLÉMENCE is her first professionally produced short film.
SKILLBARD Vincent and Tom are at the head of Studio Skillbard, a friendly team of composers and sound designers based in London. They have experience in film, television, games, sound art, pop music, sonic branding and all-out having a good time with sound & music.
The 5th annual GLAS Animation Festival takes place March 19-22, 2020 in the historic city of Berkeley, California.
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