Giffoni International Film Fest honors animation

0 Flares 0 Flares ×

Sev­eral ani­mated shorts were hon­ored at this year’s Gif­foni Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, the largest children’s film fes­ti­val in Europe.

Young jurors gave the Amnesty Inter­na­tional Award to Heimat­land, by Andrea Schnei­der, Mar­ius Port­mann and Fabio Friedli of Switzerland.

In the film, Hausi, a Swiss patriot, leads an ordered and happy life in his hum­ble home. Every­thing seems to be peace­ful until the day a for­eigner moves in next door and turns his world upside down.

Jurors hon­ored Heimat­land “for the great uni­ver­sal mes­sage against xeno­pho­bia it car­ries, told in only six min­utes, for the great care for detail, and the extreme sim­plic­ity and cre­ative genius.”

Spy­cat and the Paper Chase, by Dar­ren Lim of Sin­ga­pore, won the Gryphon Award for best short film in the Ele­ments +3 sec­tion. Spy­cat hunts down Cap­tain Chico, whose lat­est scheme involves rob­bing the world of every paper prod­uct there is.

Lim is a Sin­ga­porean artist and writer who enjoys design­ing char­ac­ters and visu­al­iz­ing the worlds that they live in. Spy­cat and the Paper Chase is his lat­est ani­mated short film and his sec­ond direc­to­r­ial effort. He is cur­rently a project offi­cer at Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Uni­ver­sity and a free­lance illustrator.

The Giotto Super Be’Be’ Award, a spe­cial award in the Ele­ments +3 sec­tion, went to The Boy and the Moon, by Rino Alaimo of Italy. It’s the tale of a boy who fell in love with the moon and his adven­tures to con­quer her heart.

The Boy and the Moon was rec­og­nized “for the orig­i­nal­ity of the treat­ment and tech­ni­cal tools used capa­ble of express­ing Ital­ian cre­ativ­ity at its best. For its abil­ity to take the audi­ence on a pas­sion­ate jour­ney to happiness.”

Sec­ond place for best short film in the Gen­er­a­tor +18 sec­tion went to Edmond Was a Don­key, by Franck Dion of France. The film was also given the ANEC Award (National Asso­ci­a­tion of Cin­ema Owners).

In Edmond Was a Don­key, when his co-workers tease him by crown­ing him with a pair of don­key ears, Edmond sud­denly dis­cov­ers his true nature. In 2006, together with a few friends, Dion founded Papy 3D. This, his third short film, is the first film that Papy 3D has co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada.

The Gif­foni Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val takes place in the south­ern Ital­ian town of Gif­foni Valle Piana, close to Salerno. The age of jurors ranges from 6 to 18, and they are placed into four offi­cial com­pet­i­tive sec­tions accord­ing to their age group.

Related Posts:

About Dave Koch

Editor and publisher of the Big Cartoon DataBase, Dave has been involved in cartoons since opening the Cartoon Factory animation art gallery in 1993. You may contact Dave here.

News, , , ,

Leave a Reply