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‘The Absence of Eddy Table’ Takes Fredrikstad Grand Prix

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‘The Absence of Eddy Table’ Takes Fredrikstad Grand Prix

The 2016 edition of Norway’s Fredrikstad Animation Festival has wrapped up, crowning local artist and filmmaker Rune Spaans as the Golden Gunnar Awards Grand Prix winner for his short, The Absence of Eddy Table. The jury declared the film “an intense mix of horror, love and comedy. It’s a magical universe, where we go on a ride with a crazy and energetic roller-coaster, and it’s scary and so incredible bizarre and funny. We love the great creativity of the artwork and the high quality of the animation. For us this is a good example of what animation can do.”

The Grand Prix winner will now be nominated for the 2017 Cartoon d’Or. Eddy Table also snagged this year’s Audience Award at Fredrikstad.

Golden Gunnar Awards 2016

Grand Prix: The Absence of Eddy Table by Rune Spaans (Norway)

Best Student Film: Untamed by Juliette Viger (The Animation Workshop, Denmark)

“The Best Student Film brings us into a dark and desolated universe where we take part in a hurtful relationship. The graphics, the music and the animation strongly convey the mood of the characters and their inner conflicts. A promising start from a new talent.”

Best Short Film: Empty Space by Ülo Pikkov (Estonia)

“The quality of this film lies in the original idea of the concept where the filmmaker is constructing memories through a mix of genres. It can also be seen as a tribute to the art of dolls and miniatures where all the work lies in the details. As an audience we were touched by the nostalgic feeling and a longing for a playful childhood.”

Best Children’s Film: Dunder by Endre Skandfer (Norway)

“The film is more than one thing all at once. It is cozy, funny and a little bit scary, with nice and special characters.”

Best Commissioned Film: Gjensidige Fairytale by Harald Zwart (Norway)

“The winning film is a fantastic (work of) craftsmanship; it has great attention to details and got animated on a high level. The winning film is a great example of how CGI can be genuine and heartfelt. The winning film has a story with lots of humor and warmth. The winning film masters the most important task of a commissioned film; you want to see it again, and again, and again.”

Honorable Mention – Best Commissioned Film: The Bird House by Robin Jensen and Kajsa Næss (Norway)

“This film communicates brilliantly to both adults and children. It handles a sensitive theme in a clear and respectful manner. The overall visual style and use of subtle humor contributes to a very playful and informative experience. The jury has sent three friend requests on Beekbook.”

Audience Award: The Absence of Eddy Table by Rune Spaans (Norway)

The Absence of Eddy Table

The Absence of Eddy Table


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