Stuttgart Crowns Mary and Max

Mary and Max added to an already impressive list of festival prizes by taking home this weekend the AniMovi prize at the 16th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film in Germany.

The film, directed by Australian animator Adam Elliott, previously opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Bill Plympton’s most-recent feature, Idiots and Angels, won special mention in the AniMovi category, which is an international competition for animated feature films.

Muto, a short film by Italian animator Blu, won the Grand Prix in the International Competition section.

The six-day fest, run in conjunction with the FMX visual effects conference, concluded Sunday having drawn in a record-breaking estimated crowd of some 50,000 festival goers.

The full list of winners follows:


Mary and Max, by Adam Elliot, Australia (2008)

Special Mention: Idiots and Angels, by Bill Plympton, USA (2008)

International Competition

Grand Prix: Muto, by Blu, Italy (2008)

International Promotion Award: Rabbit Punch, by Kristian Andrews, Great Britain (2008)

Special Award ‘ Music for Animation: Der DaVinci Timecode ‘ Ein Bewegtes Bild (DaVinci’s Timecode ‘ A Moving Picture) by Gil Alkabetz, Germany (2009)

Special Mention: Skhizein, by Jeremy Clapin, France (2008)

SWR Audience Award: Skhizein, by Jeremy Clapin, France (2008)

Young Animation

O Pono’k'ch A L’ske (About Socks And Love), by Michaela Čop’kov’, Slovakia (2008)

Special Mention: Never Drive A Car When You’re Dead, by Gregor Dashuber,

Germany (2009)

Tricks for Kids

The Happy Duckling, by Gili Dolev, Germany-Great Britain (2008)

Animated Series

Histoires Comme ‘a ‘ L’Enfant D’Elephant (Just So Stories ‘ The Elephant’s Child), by Jean-Jacques Prunes, France (2008)

Special Mention: Moot Moot: L’Enfer De La Mode, by Fran’ois Reczulski,

France (2007)

Under Commission

Audi ‘ ‘Unboxed,’ by Aaron Duffy and Russell Brooke, Great Britain (2009)

German Language Screenplay Award

Konferenz Der Tiere (Animal’s Conference), by Oliver Huzly, Reinhard Klooss

Speaker Award For Best Voice Actor in a Feature Animated Film

Benno F’rmann, the German voice of ‘Puss-in-Boots’ in the sequels Shrek 2 (2004) and Shrek the Third (2007)