Haowei Hu’s Seasons Wins at London Film Awards

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Seasons,” directed by Haowei Hu of the United States, was named Best Animated Film on Sunday at the London Film Awards.

Seasons is a surreal motion graphics animation based on the changing seasons. Beginning with spring, the richly hued illustrations in this work come alive as they transform in color and rhythmic tempo to reveal the full seasonal spectrum.

The London Film Awards is London’s premiere film awards body, which celebrates and awards the work of independent film’s best and brightest contemporary filmmakers and screenwriters spanning the globe. The Official Jury selected one exclusive Gold Lion Award Winner for each official competition category, the awards’ highest and most esteemed honors.

A full list of the 2012 winners can be found at the competition’s official site, www.londonfilmawards.com.

“Our 2012 competition marks an incredible year for the London Film Awards. LFA received submissions representing some of the world’s most talented filmmakers,” said awards executive director Joey Paulos.

“After careful consideration, we have distilled the very best of this year’s entries,” said Joey Paulos, Executive Director of the London Film Awards. “We are honored to celebrate the talent and commitment of each of these accomplished artists.”

The Grand Jury Prize was presented to Beauty and the Breast, directed by Liliana Komorowska of Canada. She also won the award for Best First-Time Director. A first-time documentary filmmaker offers a compelling insight into the devastating reality of breast cancer, as seen through the eyes of several female patients helping demystify the deadly disease while painting poignant and often humorous intimate.

The Special Jury Prize was presented to Womble, directed by Robert Pirouet of the United Kingdom. Years have passed and what’s changed? Jim Labey sits waiting in the corridor of his old school waiting for a job interview. The problem? The other side of the desk is Piers Mourant, an old classmate of Jim’s… and Pier’s remembers everything!

The Best Feature Film was presented to Pechorin, directed by Roman Khrushch of Russia. It’s based on the Russian classic Mikhail Lermontov novel The Hero of Our Time. All events shown as they are reflected in the mind of the dying hero as a series of irrevocable mistakes and interpreted anew: it is either reconsideration or repentance.

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