Two animated features named winners at Fantasia

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Fantasia International Film Festival

Fantasia International Film Festival

Asura,” by Keiichi Sato, and “A Letter to Momo,” by Hiroyuki Okiura, tied for the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature at the 16th Fantasia International Film Festival, which ended Thursday in Montreal.

The L’Écran Fantastique Prize went to the animated Blood-C: The Last Dark, by Naoyoshi Shiotani. “The amazing editing and horrifying Lovecraftian bestiary, as well as attention to textures and lighting, make this production a great animation film which caters as much to fans of fantasy horror as Japanese animation,” the L’Écran Fantastique jury said.

The King of Pigs, by South Korea’s Yeon Sang-ho, won two awards.

The First Feature Jury gave the film a Special Mention: “The jury wanted to highlight this rewardingly intense, merciless and grueling look at bullying and violence that provides a powerful message that’s still sadly relevant today, in any culture.”

And the Animation Jury gave The King of Pigs the Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation “for its shocking and haunting narrative, finely tuned screenplay and confident visual style, punctuated with acidic hallucinatory visions. A distinctive and powerful vision of school-as-hell, and its devastating effects on later life.”

It’s Such A Beautiful Day, by Don Hertzfeldt, was named Best Animated Short Film by the Animation Jury “for its perfect marriage of form and content — an amazing trip of a film that creatively uses animation to explore memory, mortality and all of those little fears about our lives that sneak up in the early hours of the morning when we can’t sleep.”

Patrick Bouchard’s Bydlo scooped the Special Award for Technical Accomplishment in the Animation category. It was the second award in a week for the animated short, which has been selected to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Produced by Julie Roy of the National Film Board of Canada, Bydlo offers a terrifying vision of humanity inspired by the fourth movement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. To create his film, Bouchard sculpted, modeled and animated over 500 kg of Plastiline, an earth-toned modeling clay.

The Animation jury was composed of filmmakers Robert Morgan, Patrick Doyon and Erik Goulet.

Bydlo also won the special Coup de cœur (animation) award following the Fantastique weekend du court métrage québécois, the Fantasia Film Festival’s yearly tribute to short films made in Quebec. The film had the honor of opening the festival July 19.

The Quebec shorts jury consisted of filmmakers Chloé Robichaud and Benjamin Lussier and actor Daniel Thomas. The award was the first to be won by Bydlo, which premiered June 7 at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France.

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