‘My Grandfather’s Demons,’ ‘Bestia’ Take Top Prizes at Cinanima

The winners of Portugal’s 46th Cinanima International Animated Film Festival (cinanima.pt) were announced Sunday, following a week-long program of international perspectives through screenings of shorts, features, commissioned films, as well as industry panels, workshops and masterclasses.

Topping the list of prize winners for 2022 were Nuno Beato’s mixed-media feature My Grandfather’s Demons, Chilean stop-motion short Bestia by Hugo Covarrubias, Laura Gonçalves’ family history The Garbage Man and José Miguel Ribeiro’s multi-generational tale Nayola, set against the violent backdrop of the Angolan Civil War.

The Grand Prize winner of the Cinanima international shorts competition qualifies for consideration in the Academy Awards Best Animated Short Film category. However, this year’s winner in Espinho, Bestia, was already nominated for the Oscar last year.

My Grandfather's Demons
My Grandfather’s Demons

Cinanima 2022 Winners

International Competition: Feature Films

  • Grand Prize – My Grandfather’s Demons by Nuno Beato (Portugal/Spain/France)
  • Special Mention – No Dogs or Italians Allowed by Alain Ughetto (France/Italy/Switzerland/Belgium/Portugal)
Bestia
Bestia

International Competition: Short Films

  • Grand Prize / Espinho City Award – Bestia by Hugo Covarrubias (Chile)
  • Jury Special Award – A Tiny Man by Aude David & Mikaël Gaudin (France)
  • Alves Costa Award (Film <8 Min.) – Don’t Die on Me by Ori Goldberg (Israel)
  • Best Short Film (8-24 Min.) – Steakhouse by Špela Čadež (Slovenia/Germany/France)
Steakhouse
Steakhouse
  • Best Animated Documentary – The Garbage Man by Laura Gonçalves (Portugal)
  • Best Commissioned Film – #BinaryGenderNorm: Girls by Bernardita Ojeda Salas & Cristián Freire Azzarelli (Chile)
  • Best Art Direction – Slow Light by Katarzyna Kijek & Przemyslaw Adamski (Poland)
  • Best Screenwriting – The House of Loss by Jinkyu Jeon (Japan)
  • Best Sound Design – Ice Merchants by João Gonzalez (Portugal/France/U.K.)
Nayola
Nayola

International Competition: Student Films

Audience Award

  • Audience Award – Nayola by José Miguel Ribeiro (Portugal/Belgium/France/Netherlands)
Garbage Man
Garbage Man

National Competition

  • António Gaio Award – The Garbage Man by Laura Gonçalves
  • Special Mention – Garrano by David Doutel & Vasco Sá
  • Young Portuguese Director (Under 18) – The Magic Cherry Tree by Graça Gomes
  • Special Mention – Little Memories by Ana Emilia Valente, Carina Silva, Elisabete Pereira, Filipe Oliveira, Firmino Matos, Isabel Matos, Joana Sousa, Margarida Beirao, Manuel Sousa, Maria Adelaide Teixeira, Paulo Brito, Pedro Rebeio, Sandra Almeida, Sofia Anjos, Vera Santos, Vitor Marques, Zelinda Moutela
  • Young Portuguese Director (18-30) – Duo by João Levezinho
  • Special Mention – Fire Embrace by Augusta Rocha
Garrano
Garrano
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