‘Love Games’ Wins Animafest Grand Prix

animafest-zagreb-150

The 24th World Festival of Animated Film, better known as Animafest Zagreb, has revealed the winners of its juried competitions. The winners were culled from a selection of 144 contenders narrowed down from 1,725 submissions from 73 countries and were presented with their honors at an Award Ceremony at the Europa Theatre on Saturday night. The Grand Prix short, with a 2,500 euro cash reward and honorary chairing at the next festival, went to South Korea’s Yumi Joung for her emotional, subversive linework film Love Games. This is the first Korean film to win the Grand Prix, and Love Games receives an Oscar nomination qualification.

Animafest Zagreb 2014 Winners

Grand Competition
Grand Prix: Love Games by Yumi Joung (S. Korea)
Golden Zagreb Award: Sunday 3 by Jochen Kuhn (Germany)
Zlatko Grgic Award: Ziegenort by Tomasz Popakul (Poland)
Jury Special Mentions: Baths by Tomek Ducki (Poland; selected by Joan Ashworth), Hipopotamy by Piotr Dumala (Poland; Marie-Helene Girod), Astigmatismo by Nicolai Troshinksy (Spain; Lei Lei), Choir Tour by Edmunds Jansons (Latvia; Edo Lukman), Futon by Yoriko Mizushiri (Japan; Emma De Swaef)

Student Competition & Commissioned Film Competition
Dusan Vukotic Award (best student film): Anal Juke by Sawako Kabuki (Japan)
Best Commissioned Film: Shape by Kijek / Adamski (Japan/Poland)
Special Mentions: Plug & Play by Michael Frei (Switzerland), Maze King by Hakhyun Kim (Japan), The Shirley Temple by Daniela Sherer (U.K.)

Films for Children Competition
Best Film for Children: The Centipede and the Toad by Anne Khmelevskaya (France)
Special Mentions: My Strange Grandfather by Dina Velikovskaya (Russia), Rabbit and Deer by Peter Vacz (Hungary), Virtuoso Virtual by Maja Oschmann and Thomas Stellmach (Germany)

Love Games

Love Games