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Annecy 2020: ‘Calamity,’ ‘The Physics of Sorrow,’ ‘Shooom’s Odyssey’ Win Top Prizes

Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary / The Physics of Sorrow
Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary / The Physics of Sorrow

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Annecy 2020: ‘Calamity,’ ‘The Physics of Sorrow,’ ‘Shooom’s Odyssey’ Win Top Prizes

The winners of this year’s Annecy International Animation Festival were announced today (Saturday, June 20th) online. The program, which was held online this year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, will continue throughout the end of the month at Annecy.org. Among the top winners this year were Rémi Chayé’s lush and colorful 2D-animated feature Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary and Theodore Ushev’s acclaimed short The Physics of Sorrow, which was also a big prize winner at Ottawa last year. Among the winners on the TV side were Picolo Productions’ Shooom’s Odyssey, Amazon/Torante/Submarine’s Undone and Lupus Films special The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Here is the complete list of the 2020 winners:

FEATURE FILMS

Crystal for a Feature Film
Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary
Rémi Chayé
(France, Denmark; Maybe Movies, Norlum)

Jury Award
The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks
Audrey Khrzhanovsky
(Russia, School-Studio Shar)

Jury Distinction
Kill It and Leave This Town
Mariusz Wilczynski
(Poland; Bomobnierka, Extreme Options, Iam-Adam Mickiewicz Institute, EC1 Lodz City of Culture, Letko, DI Factory, Gigant Films, Polish Film Institute)

Contrechamp Award
My Favorite War
IlzeBurkovskaJocobsen
(Latvia/Norway: Bivrost film & TV, Ego Media)

Contrechamp Jury Distinction
The Shaman Sorceress
Jae-huunAhn
(South Korea, Meditation with a Pencil)

SHORT FILMS

Cristal for a Short Film
The Physics of Sorrow
Theodore Ushev
(Canada, National Film Board of Canada)

Jury Award
Homeless Home
Alberto Vazques
France, Spain; Autour de Minuit, UnikoEstudioCreativo

Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for a First Film
The Town
Yifan Bao
China, ARC Anime Studio

Jury Distinction
Freeze Frame
SoetkinVerstegen
Belgium, Akademie Schloss Solitude

Jury Distintion
Genius Loci
Adrien Merigeau
(France, Kazak Productions, Folimage)

Off-Limits Award
Serial Parallels
Max Hattler
(Germany, Hong Kong: Relentless Melt)

TV AND COMMISSIONED FILMS

Cristal for a TV Production
Shooom’s Odyssey
Julien Bisaro
(Belgium, France: Picolo Pictures)

Jury Award for TV Series
Undone
Hisko Hulsing
(U.S.; Amazon Prime Video, Torante Productions, Submarine)

Jury Award for a TV Special
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Robin Shaw (U.K., Lupus Films)

COMMISSIONED FILMS

Cristal for a Commissioned Film
Lucky Chops “Traveler”
Daniel Almagor, Raman Djafari
Germany, Studio Vogel

Jury Award
Greenpeace “Turtle Journey”
Gavin Strange
(U.K. Aardman Animations)

GRADUATION FILMS

Cristal for a Graduation Film
Naked
Kirill Khachaturov
(Russia, Moscow School of New Cinema)

Jury Award
Pile
Toby Auberg
(U.K., Royal College of Art)

Jury Distinction
Sura
Hae-Ji Jeong
(South Korea, Korean National University of Arts, Knuadis K’Arts)

VR WORKS

Cristal for the Best VR Work
Minimum Mass
Raqi Syed, Areito Echevarria
(France, New Zealand; Like Amber, Floreal Films)

Jury Special Distinction
Battlescar – Punk Was Invented by Girls
Martin Allais, Nicolas Casavecchia
(USA, France; Atlas, Albyon, 1st Ave. Machine, Ryot, Arte France)

You can watch the awards ceremony here.

You can also watch many of the award-winning projects on the Annecy Festival website through June 30th at online.annecy.org.

Marcel Jean from The Annecy International Animation Festival

Marcel Jean from The Annecy International Animation Festival

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