The External World” wins grand prix in Stuttgart

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The External World

The Exter­nal World

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.

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