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Stuttgart Awards Grand Prix to ‘Sense of Touch’

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Stuttgart Awards Grand Prix to ‘Sense of Touch’

Organizers of the 22nd Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) have announced the winners of this year’s edition, which attracted roughly 80,000 visitors to the German metropolis for a week of screenings, sessions and more. The international competition Grand Prix was awarded to Le sense du toucher (“The Sense of Touch”) by Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo of France, which was produced at Folimage Studio with La Fabrique Prod. and Nadasdy Film.

Malolo’s film centers on Chloe and Louis, who are deaf and mute — and secretly in love. They communicate through a choreography of gestures. One evening, Chloe arrives at Louis’ place for dinner but has brought along two lost kittens, which he is allergic to. Trying to ignore his reactions, compounded by Chloe’s carefree attitude, pushes Louis to his limits and the dinner reveals his darker side. The 14’31” film tells a complex story with humor and elegance, opening up the protagonists’ world of silence.

Film competition winners from 22nd ITFS are below; visit itfs.de for more information.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

GRAND PRIX
Le sense due toucher (The Sense of Touch) by Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo
France, 2014 – Folimage Studio, La Fabrique Prod., Nadasdy Film

LOTTE REINIGER PROMOTION AWARD
The Bigger Picture by Daisy Jacobs, with animation by Jacobs & Christophe Wilder
U.K., 2013 – National Film and Television School

SWR AUDIENCE AWARD
One of a Kind by Rok Predin
U.K., 2014

SPECIAL MENTIONS
Light Motif by Frederic Bonpapa
France, 2014

Pul de Somn (Baby Nap) by Paul Muresan
Romania, 2014

YOUNG ANIMATION

BEST STUDENT FILM
Cup no naka no koushi (My Milk Cup Cow) by Yantong Zhu
Japan, 2014 – Tokyo University of the Arts

ANIMOVIE

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Resan till Fjaderkungens Rike (Beyond Beyond) by Esben Toft Jacobsen
Sweden / Denmark, 2014 – Copenhagen Bombay

SPECIAL MENTION
Song of the Sea by Tomm Moore
Ireland / Luxemburg / Belgium / France / Denmark, 2014 – Cartoon Saloon et al

TRICKS FOR KIDS

BEST CHILDREN’S SHORT
Neige (Snow) by Antoine Lanciaux & Sophie Roze
France, 2014 – Folimage

BEST CHILDREN’S SERIES
Cleo directed by Ana Sanchez-Gijan
Spain, 2013

TELE 5 LEIDER GEIL AWARD
Light Motif by Frederic Bonpapa

The Sense of Touch

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