Dutch animator Hisko Hulsing’s powerful short Junkyard took home the Grand Prize for Best Independent Short Animation at the Ottawa Intl. Animation Festival on Sunday (Sept. 23). The painterly project tells the story of a man who recalls a friendship from his youth in the moments after who is robbed and stabbed by a junkie. Also on the winners’ list was Ignacio Ferreras’ poignant 2D feature Arrugas (Wrinkles), which has already won the Goya for Best Animated Feature (Spanish Academy Award) as well as an Annie nomination. Cartoon Network’s Regular Show, which just picked up an Emmy a week earlier, was the winner of the Best TV animation award. Other fest favorites Don Hertzfeld’s It’s Such a Wonderful Day and Grant Orchard’s Oscar-nominated A Morning Stroll also received honors at the well-attended event.
The 2012 international jury for Short Program, Student and Commissioned Films included: Mike Fallows (USA), J.J. Sedelmaier (USA) and Sarah Muller (U.K.). The international jury for Feature Film Competition and School Showreels included: Barry Purves (UK), Hisko Hulsing (Netherlands) and Izabela Rieben (Switzerland).
Here is the complete list of this year’s winners:
Nelvana Grand Prize for Best Independent Short Animation: Junkyard directed by Hisko Hulsing, Netherlands
Grand Prize for Best Animated Feature: Arrugas (Wrinkles), directed by Ignacio Ferreras, Spain
Walt Disney Grand Prize for Best Student Animation: I Am Tom Moody directed by Ainslie Henderson, Edinburgh College of Art, UK
Grand Prize for Best Commissioned Animation: Primus “Lee Van Cleef” – by Chris Smith, USA
Best Animation School Showreel : Supinfocom (France)
Best Narrative Short : A Morning Stroll – by Grant Orchard, STUDIO AKA, USA
Best Experimental/Abstract Animation: Rivière au Tonnerre – directed by Pierre Hébert, Canada
Adobe Prize for Best High School Animation: The Bean – by Hae Jin Jung, Gyeonggi Art High School, South Korea Honorable Mention: La Soif Du Monde (Thirsty Frog) – by a Collective: 12 Children, Camera-etc, Belgium
Best Undergraduate Animation: Reizwäsche – by Jelena Walf & Viktor Stickel, Germany
Best Graduate Animation: Ballpit – directed by Kyle Mowat, Sheridan College, Canada
Best Promotional Animation : Red Bull ‘Music Academy World Tour’ – by Pete Candeland, Passion Pictures, UK
Best Music Video: The First Time I Ran Away – by Joel Trussell, USA
Best TV Animation for Adults: Portlandia: Zero Rats – by Rob Shaw, USA
Best Short Animation Made for Children: Beethoven’s Wig, directed by Alex Hawley & Denny Silverthorne, Canada Honorable Mentions: Au Coeur de L’Hiver – directed by Isabelle Favez, Switzerland Why do we Put up with Them? – directed by David Chai, USA
Best Television Animation Made for Children : Regular Show: Eggscellent – by JC Quintel, Cartoon Network ; Honorable Mention: Adventure Time: Jake vs. Me-Mow – by Pendleton Ward, Cartoon Network, U.S.
The National Film Board of Canada Public Prize: It’s Such a Beautiful Day – directed by Don Hertzfeldt, USA
Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animationn: Nightingales in December, directed by Theodore Ushev, Canada Honorable Mentions : Ballpit – directed by Kyle Mowat, Sheridan College, Canada MacPherson – directed by Martine Chartrand, National Film Board of Canada, Canada
Best Canadian Student Animation Award: Gum By Noam Sussman, Sheridan College, Canada Honorable Mentions: Ballpit – By Kyle Mowat, Sheridan College, Canada Tengri By Alisi Telengut, Concordia University, Canada
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