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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