Canada’s Genie Awards Name ‘Lipsett Diaries’ Best Short

genielogo150

Lipsett Diaries has been honored as the Best Animated Short at the 31st annual Genie Awards, presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Directed by Theodore Ushev and produced by Marc Bertrand for the National Film Board of Canada, the film tells the life story of cinematic genius Arthur Lipsett from his solitary childhood through his suicide in 1986.

Lipsett Diaries beat out the other nominee in the category, The Trenches — also an NFB production — capping a year of successes for the film at festivals around the world.

The film’s honors include a special mention at Annecy, a special international jury prize at Hiroshima and the Canadian Film Institute Award at Ottawa.  It also won the grand prix at the Rencontres internationales du cinema d’animation in Wissembourg and Best Animation Film Award in the International Competition at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Here’s a trailer that will give you a taste of the film.