“The External World,” a German production by David O’Reilly, won the Grand Prix at the the 18th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, which ended Sunday evening with the presentation of the Trickstar in seven competition categories.
Accompanying the top award for “The External World” was a cash prize of 15,000 Euros donated by the State of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Stuttgart. “The film, with a bizarre humor which tests the limits of political correctness, is both satirical and profound,” festival organizers said.
The Lotte Reiniger Sponsorship Award for Animated Film Film, sponsored by the MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg, went to The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Lion by Alois di Leo, in which a visit to the zoo changes the life of a young boy completely.
The Lena Weiss Animation Award for Humanity, sponsored by the Meckatzer Löwenbräu, was awarded for the first time this year. The winning film — Der Wechselbalg (Changeling), directed by Maria Steinmetz — is particularly concerned with motherly love.
The SWR Audience Award went to The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann.
The special Music for Animation award was presented to Corey A. Jackson for the music for A Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger. The film was directed by Bill Plympton, a veteran of the Stuttgart fest.
The award for the best voice actor in an animated feature film, either the original voice or the German voiceover, was presented for the third time. The winner is Christoph Maria Herbst for his performance as Gallic cockerel Charles in the German film Animals United. The Young Animation competition was won by Kirsten Lepore of the United States for Bottle, a love story between a heap of sand and one of snow.
Once again, the makers of a German animated film took home the Trickstar for the best children’s animated film in the Tricks for Kids competition. The child jury, with its eight members, presented the award sponsored by Nickelodeon to Matthias Bruhn for his Duck, Death and the Tulip.
The musical romance Chico y Rita, set in Havana in the 1940s by Javier Maricsal, Fernando Trueba and Tono Errando, won the award for the best animated feature film in the AniMovie category.
The film Muto by Blu, an award-winner at the ITFS 2009, had by far the most loyal fan base for the Trickparade, the online audience award. The film received the most votes.
The German Screenplay Award was presented to Konradin Kunze last Wednesday evening for his screenplay for The Last World.
On, Saturday, France’s Pleix won the main prize in the Animated Com Award. The film Death Penalty, produced by Warm&Fuzzy for Amnesty International is a plea for the abolition of the death sentence. The production was “realized in a passionate and technically perfect fashion,” said festival organizers.
The 18th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film ran for six days. Almost 1,000 films were shown at the festival, which attracted around 70.000 visitors to the inner-city cinemas and the open-air cinema, which featured a large LED screen in the center of Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz.