Christies, Mr. Schwartz Win Big at Ottawa

Director Phil Mulloy’s The Christies from Spectre Films in the U.K. took the Mercury Filmworks Prize for best animated feature at the Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival over the weekend. Another big winner was Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Hazen & Mr. Horlocker by Stefan Mueller from FH Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences in Germany, which took the grand prize for best student animation and also took the graduate prize in the student animation competition. The winners were announced during the closing ceremonies at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The presentation was followed by a ‘Best of the Festival” screening showcasing the award-winning films. A list of the rest of the winners follows. For more information on the festival, go to For further information regarding the Festival, please visit our website at www.animationfestival.ca.

Nelvana Grand Prize For Best Independent Short Animation

Dreams & Desires: Family Ties by Joanna Quinn

Beryl Productions International Ltd / Wales, U.K.

Grand Prize For Best-Commissioned Animation

FedEx: ‘Stick’

David Hulin / Framestore N.Y.

Animation School Showreel

Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemburg (Germany)

Independent Short Animation Competition:

Narrative Short Animation under 35 minutes

Here and There (Ici par ici)

Obom / National Film Board of Canada

Honourable Mention:

The Carnival of The Animals (Karneval Zvirat)

Michaela Pavlatova / Negativ Film Prods. / Czech Republic

Experimental / Abstract Animation under 35 minutes

Jeu

Georges Schwizgebel / Studio GDS, National Film Board of Canada & T’l'vision Suisse Romandes/ Switzerland

Honourable Mentions:

Lightning Doodle Project [pikapika]

Takeshi Nagata and Kazue Monno / Japan

Backyard Shadow

Karl Staven / U.S.

Student Animation Competition

Adobe Prize for Best High School Animation

Check

Samuel MacKinnon / Bighead Prods. / Canada

Honourable Mention:

Black Box

Hye Jin Park, Hyun Joo Song, Ji Na Yoon and Min Hee Jang

Korea Animation High School / South Korea

Undergraduate Animation

The Building

Marco Nguyen, Pierre Perifel, Xavier Ramonede, Olivier Staphylas and R’mi Zaarour

GOBELINS, L’Ecole de l’image / France

Honourable Mention:

The Possum

Chris Choy

California Institute of the Arts / U.S.

Commissioned Animation Competition

Promotional Animation

FedEx: ‘Stick’

David Hulin

Framstore N.Y.

Honourable Mention:

United Airlines: ‘Dragon’

Jamie Caliri

Duck Studios / U.S.

Music Video

Jason Forrest: ‘War Photographer’

Joel Trussell / U.S.

Television Animation for Adults

Journey to the Disney Vault

Robert Marianetti, David Wachtenheim and Glenn Steinmacher / U.S.

New Media Competition

Animation Short Made for the Internet

It’s JerryTime!: The Brute

Orrin Zucker

Ozone Inc. / U.S.

Animation Made For Children

Kutoka Prize for Best Short Animation Made for Children

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Michael Sporn

Michael Sporn Animation, Inc. / U.S.

Collideascope Award for Television Animation for Children

Codename Kids Next Door: Operation L.I.C.O.R.I.C.E.

Mr. Warburton

Curious Pictures / U.S.

Special Prizes

National Film Board Of Canada Public Prize

Jaime Lo – Small and Shy

Lillian Chan

National Film Board of Canada

Canadian Film Institute Award For Best Canadian Animation

The Man Who Waited (L’homme qui attendait)

Theodore Ushev

National Film Board of Canada

Honourable Mention:

Changing Evan

Steven Woloshen / Canada

Teletoon Canadian Student Animation Scholarship (prizes of $5,000.00 for first place, $3,000.00 for second place and $2,000.00 for third place)

Entrance Competition

1. Check / Samuel MacKinnon / Bighead Prods. / Canada

2. Bruno / Aven Fisher / Canada

3. The Little Girl Who Stares / Cleo Halfpenny / Canada

Continuing Education Competition

1. 2 / Kim Anderson / Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema & Quickdraw Animation Society / Canada

2. Umbrella Boy (2005) / Andrew Ross / Sheridan College & House of Cool / Canada

3. Pinch (2006) / Jody Kramer / Emily Carr Institute / Canada

Most Promising Student Competition

1. L’Or Rouge / Kent Hugo / Sheridan College / Canada

2. Late Night Comedy / Chay Edry / Sheridan College

3. Animation Test Pilot / Brad Kinley / Sheridan College / Canada