The New York International Children’s Film Festival has announced its 2010 award winners, with six of the nine honors going to animated films.
Winning the Grand Prize for Features is In the Attic, a stop-motion film from Czech director Jiri Barta about a group of abandoned toys who try to rescue a kidnapped friend from a maniacal Cold War military bust.
Other animated films that won honors include Philip Hunt’s Lost and Found, Gili Dolev’s The Happy Duckling, Cordell Barker’s Runaway, Marc Craste’s Varmints and A Film About Poo by Emily Howells and Anne Wilkins.
The Grand Prize for Short Films went to the live-action film See You, directed by Jesper Waldvogel Rasmussen. See You also won the Audience Award for ages 8-14. The Jury Award went to the live-action short The Six Dollar Fifty Man.
The full list of winners follows:
‘ NYICFF Grand Prize Feature: In the Attic, Jiri Barta
‘ NYICFF Grand Prize Short Film: See You, dir. Jesper Rasmussen
‘ NYICFF Special Jury Award: Six Dollar Fifty Man, Albiston/Sutherland
‘ HSBC Environmental Film Award: Varmints, Marc Craste
‘ Audience Award, Parents: Happy Duckling, Gili Dolev
‘ Audience Award, Ages 3-6: Lost and Found, Philip Hunt
‘ Audience Award, Ages 5-10: Runaway, Cordell Barker
‘ Audience Award, Ages 8-14: A Film About Poo, Anne Wilkins/Emily Howells
‘ Audience Award, Ages 12-18: See You, Jesper Rasmussen
The jury included author and New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik; actress Frances McDormand; associate professor of children’s media at NYU Tisch School for the Arts Lynne McVeigh; actor Matthew Modine; animation writer and director Michel Ocelot; Parents magazine editor in chief Dana Points; actress Susan Sarandon; writer and producer James Schamus; president of IFC TV and The Sundance Channel Evan Shapiro; actress Uma Thurman; actor John Turturro; producer Christine Vachon; and director Gus Van Sant.
The festival began Feb. 26 and runs through March 21. Information on the festival and the remaining screenings can be found online at http://www.gkids.com.