The Animation Jury at the 15th Fantasia International Film Festival named Czech legend Jan Svankmajer’s psychoanalytic comedy “Surviving Life (Theory and Practice)” Best Animated Feature Film Sunday in Montreal.
The jury, made up of president Marcel Jean with Jean-François Lévesque and Heidi Taillefer, praised Surviving Life as “a singular piece of work, both funny and profound, that shows a great spirit of invention for a filmmaker with a 40-years career.”
The film was one of 27 to receive its Quebec premiere at Fantasia.
Bobby Yeah, a 23-minute horror comedy by Britain’s Robert Morgan, was named Best Animated Short Film “for its dense and coherent universe, full of surprises, that confronts our fears in a captivating way, and for its exceptional technical command.” It also won Bronze in the Audience Awards for Best Short Film.
Jurors gave Special Mention to Crepuscule — an erotic sci-fi fantasy by Quebec’s Eric Falardeau — “for its bold address of sexuality in animation.”
In the Audience Awards, Redline, a Japanese sci-fi fantasy by Takeshi Koike, received Gold for Best Animation Feature. Silver went to Legend of the Millennium Dragon, an action adventure by Hirotsugu Kawasaki of Japan. El Sol, a sci-fi comedy by Argentina’s Ayar Blasco, received Bronze.
Although the final numbers are yet to be confirmed, the three-week fest welcomed more than 100,000 audience members.
About 150 international directors, actors and producers came to present their films, while 50 industry members contributed to this year’s edition. Several titles launched at the festival are currently in negotiations for acquisition.