Anima 2021 Winners: ‘On-Gaku,’ ‘Empty Places’ Take Top Prizes

Anima, the Brussels International Animation Film Festival, announced the big winners of its 40th edition. The festival has been offering a delightful selection of shorts and features to the viewing public, with unlimited online access since February 12, racking up more than 5,500 users and 90,000-plus streams in just eight days.

The prizewinning films, listed below, will be available among the programming selections on the Anima Online platform until the end of the Festival (midnight CEST on Sunday, February 21) — a great opportunity for animation fans around the world to discover animated gems throughout the weekend.

And the winners are…

Int’l Feature Film Competition

Jury: Amandine Fredon (France), Claude Barras (Switzerland) and Guillaume Malandrin (France)

Award for Best Animated Feature: On-Gaku: Our Sound by Kenji Iwaisawa (Trailer)

Empty Places
Empty Places

Int’l Short Film Competition

Jury: Marcel Jean (Canada), Agné Adoméné (Lithuania) and Maria Anestopoulou (Greece)

Grand Prix for Best Int’l Short Film (Provided by Brussels-Capital Region; 2,500€): Empty Places by Geoffroy de Crécy (Read more)

Creative Revelation Award for Best Student Short Film (Korean Cultural Center; 2,500€): Eyes Wide Open by Laura Passalacqua (Trailer)

Special Jury Award: Tie by Alexandra Ramires (Trailer)

Special Jury Mention: To the Dusty Sea by Héloïse Ferlay (Trailer)

The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Int’l Short Film for Children Competition

Jury: Telidja Klaï (Belgium), Séverine Konder (Belgium) and Arnaud Demyunck (Belgium)

Award for Best Short Film for Children: The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Robin Shaw (Read more)

Animated Night Competition

Animated Night Award: Rebooted by Michael Shanks (Watch online)

Easter Eggs
Easter Eggs

Nat’l Short Film Competition

Jury: Arba Hatashi (Kosovo), Dick Tomasovic (Belgium) and Pieter De Poortere (Belgium)

Award for Best Belgian Short Film (Sabam for Culture; 2,500€): Easter Eggs by Nicolas Keppens (Trailer)

Grand Prix for Best Short Film of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (provided by the Fédération; 2,500€): Polyamory by Emily Worms (Watch online)

Author Award (SACD; 2,500€): Hold Me Tight by Mélanie Robert-Tourneur (Trailer)

Special Jury Mention: Woods by Nicolas Gemoets, Carla Coder & Kelly Morival

See all the films and watch the program online until Feb. 21 at www.animafestival.be / Anima Online.

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