Bum-bum doch’ rybaka (2013), an animated short film by Russian Ivan Maximov, has won the International Grand Prix at the 44th annual Tampere Film Festival.
The film depicts a lonely fisherman and a baby elephant. The jury members stated that the winning film “is powerful because it is a very human and pure animated film, with a beautiful simplicity and incredibly touching and poetic images that stay in the mind for a long, long time.”
The category prize for best fiction film was nominated to Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire (2013), directed by Canadian Monia Chokri. Beach Boy by Emil Langballe received the prize for best documentary film, and Moonshine by Polish filmmaker Michal Poniedzielski was awarded best animation.
In addition, the jury awarded three films with Diplomas of Merit in each category: South Korean short documentary Haegeumni (2012) by Joon-su Seong; Serbian animated film Rabbitland (2013) directed byAna Nedeljkovic and Nikola Majdak Jr.; and Sahim Omar Kalifa’s fiction Baghdad Messi (2013).
The International Jury members were Gabriel Gauchet, the 2013 Grand Prix winner from France, South African filmmaker Riaan Hendricks, Till Nowak from Germany, Finnish director Virpi Suutari, and Latvian festival coordinator Anna Veilande-Kustikova.