“BirdBoy” soars to win at Chicago film festival

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BirdBoy,” directed by Pedro Rovero and Alberto Vazquez of Spain, has won the Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short at the 44th Chicago International Film Festival.

In the 13-minute BirdBoy, a terrible industrial accident changes Little Dinki’s life forever. Now Dinki’s fate may ride on the wings of her eccentric friend Birdboy, a misfit who hides in the Dead Forest, lost in his fantasies… a beautiful, haunting tale told with stark, stylized animation based on a graphic novel.

The Gold Plaque for Best Student Short (Animated) went to the eight-minute Belly, directed by Julia Pott of the United Kingdom.

In the melancholy Belly, Oscar is coming of age against his better judgment. In doing so, he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but he can still feel it in the pit of his stomach. Belly features a beautiful hand-drawn animation style, a distinctive color palette, and an unsettling, offbeat mood.

The 15-day Chicago International Film Festival, which ends Thursday, is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America.

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