Two animated features named winners at Fantasia

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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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