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‘Before Love’ Wins Best Film at Fantoche

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‘Before Love’ Wins Best Film at Fantoche

The 14th edition of the Fantoche International Festival for Animated Film wrapped up over the weekend, bestowing awards on a diverse range of works from around Europe and beyond. Among the honorees who took home awards at the Baden event were Russian animator Igor Kovalyov, who won Best Film in the International Competition for Before Love.

The jury chose this Before Love for “its perfection of sound, image and editing. With a richness and care of detail it carries us into the deep meanders of the feelings love and jealousy. It could perfectly illustrate Jacques Lacan’s definition of love: giving what you do not have to someone, who does not want it.”

The 2016 installment of Switzerland’s biggest animation fest received about 24,000 entries, and offered its many visitors special programs like “Humanité Animée”, “Hors Concours” and the “Bagno Popolare,” which took place in the baths district, addressing a broad audience including industry professionals.

The next Fantoche festival will take place September 5-10, 2017 in Baden, Switzerland. More information available at

Fantoche 2016 Winners

Best Film: Before Love by Igor Kovalyov (Russia)
High Risk: Monkey by Jie Shen (China)
New Talent: Forever by Zhong Su (China)
Best Sound: Any Road by Boris Labbé, Daniele Ghisi (France)
Best Visual: Among the Black Waves by Anna Budanova (Russia)
Audience Award: Mr Madila by Rory Waudby-Tolley (UK)
Special Mention: LÖSS by Yi Zhao (Netherlands/China)
Honorary Award of Baden: Blind Vaysha by Theodor Ushev (Canada)

Best Swiss Film: Das Leben ist hart by Simon Schnellmann (Switzerland/Germany)
High Swiss Risk: Analysis Paralysis by Anete Melece (Switzerland)
New Swiss Talent: Novembre by Marjolaine Perreten (Switzerland/France, at La Poudrière)
Fantastic Swiss: One, Two, Three by Yulia Aranova (Switzerland/France)
Swiss Youth Award: Hypertrain by Etienne Kompis, Fela Bellotto (Switzerland)
Swiss Special Mention: Au revoir Balthazar by Rafael Sommerhalder (Switzerland)
Swiss Audience Award: Analysis Paralysis by Anete Melece (Switzerland)

Best Kids’ Film: L’arbre by Lucie Sunkova (France/Czech Rep.)
Children’s Audience Award: Taking the Plunge by Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, Nicholas Manfredi, Marie Raoult, Thaddaeus Andreades (US)

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