Aardman Films, the U.K. studio behind the box office hit Chicken Run and the hugely popular Wallace and Gromit series of shorts, scored a win at the first World of Comedy International Film Festival in Toronto over the weekend. Its Angry Kid: Piss was named Best Animated Short Film. The clay-animated project, directed by Darren Walsh, has appeared online at AtomFilms.
The U.S. produced NTV-I took top honors as Best Feature Film. From filmmaker Sheldon Collins, the theatrical feature takes a comical look at the power of Hollywood as five broke American guys attempt to con their way across Europe.
The ZeD People’s Choice Shorts Award went to Sing For Your Supper, a rollicking night in the life of down-on-their-luck comedians, the Rumoli Brothers. The Canadian short was directed by Ryerson University graduate Renuka Jeyapalan.
The Dim Reaper, from Norman Jewison Student Award winner James Gawthroupe, was also a hit with festival-goers. The short about a hapless Grim Reaper in search of a soul received honorable mention.
The first annual World of Comedy Intl Film Festival was a two-day event that highlighted four feature film premieres and more than 48 Canadian and international shorts.