OTTAWA 05 AWARD WINNERS

NELVANA GRAND PRIZE FOR INDEPENDENT SHORT ANIMATION
Milch Igor Kovalyov (USA)
“Oblique but perceptive storytelling, which through a myriad of closely
observed details takes us into an atmospheric, touching, sad story of childhood.”

   

GRAND PRIZE FOR COMMISSIONED ANIMATION
Die Toten Hosen Walkampf
Andreas Hykade (Germany)
“A video clip which begins with childlike bold forms and ends in a tumult of psychedelic colour. Beautiful choreography of colour and shape with riotous set pieces and intimate touching moments.”

   

MERCURY FILMWORKS GRAND PRIZE FOR ANIMATED FEATURE
The District! (Nyocker!) Aron Gauder (Hungary)
“for its visual innovation, energetic style, and fearless satire of contemporary culture and politics.”

   

GRAND PRIZE FOR STUDENT ANIMATION
Chestnuts Icelolly
JJ Villard (USA)
“A story with great contemporary relevance told with edgy rawness in stark and striking black and white.”

   

SCHOOL COMPETITION
ENSAD (France)
This showreel demonstrates the school's commitment to meaningful content combined with masterful film language - breathtaking visuals and a sophisticated use of sound.
SPECIAL MENTION to Supinfocom Valennes (France) “for artistic achievement in student computer animation.”

 
 

NEW MEDIA COMPETITION

Animation Short Made for the Internet
Mole in the City Roque Ballesteros (USA)
“for its bold art direction, comic timing and entertaining story.”
SPECIAL MENTION to Manege Frei/Ljubisa Djukic (Germany) and Three Feathers and a Rainworm/Igor Coric (Serbia) for their poignancy and artistic style.

   

Interactive Animation
American Penguin Project Minki Park (USA)
“for its unique concept, engaging visuals and ease of navigation.”

 
INDEPENDENT SHORT FILMS COMPETITION

Narrative Short Work
Ichthys Marek Skrobecki (Poland)
“An apparently simple story in which tension is built through stillness and small details to a moment of pure horror. Extraordinary character animation of puppets which transcends the medium to unfold a gripping and mysterious allegory.”

   

Experimental/Abstract Work
_grau Robert Seidel (Germany)
“Its abstract images suggestive of the swelling and diminishing of complex semi-organic growth slowly builds drama which is driven forward by a powerful soundtrack.”
SPECIAL MENTION to Bow-tie Duty for Square Heads/Stephan-Flint Muller (Germany) For its anarchic mix of juvenile delinquency and comic genius and erratic humour which imbues the film with crazy energy.

   

First Professional Work
City Paradise Gaelle Denis (UK)
“The surprising adventures of a foreigner in London told with whimsical charm.”

 

STUDENT FILMS COMPETITION

Elementary/Secondary Film
Piper the Goat and the Peace Pipe Lev Polyakov (USA)
“The energy and bizarre humour of this high school student film suggests an original talent with great promise.”

   

Undergraduate Film
Fish Heads Fugue and Other Tales for Twilight
Lauren Indovina &
Linsey Mayer-Beug (USA)

“Through the device of a magic theatre we are taken deep into a multi-layered world of the imagination. A film which is rich in texture and unfolds with sweeping camera movements.”

   

Graduate Film
Overtime Oury Atlan, Thibault Berland & Damien Ferrie (France)
“It seems as if a family of Kermit the Frogs pays tribute to the late Jim Henson in this touching film in which the quiet stillness of the story hides the dazzling brilliancy of the 3D computer animation.”
SPECIAL MENTION to Death by Heart/Malin Erixon (Sweden)
“The apparent simplicity of the low key dialogue and animation takes us unawares deep into the psychology of the characters.”
SPECIAL MENTION to Meeting Me/Angela Steffen (Germany)
“Charming and subtle animation and voice over which reveals the innermost thoughts of a young child.”

 
COMMISSIONED FILMS COMPETITION

Promotional Work
Coinstar ‘Shoe' PES (USA)
“The freshness and the immediacy of the technique and a good script inventively realised makes a striking and memorable commercial.”
SPECIAL MENTION to Delirium Films Opening Title/Nebojsa Rogic (Serbia) “For its eerie surrealism and haunting soundtrack contributing to a dramatic and sophisticated title sequence.”

   

Music Video
Phoenix Foundation ‘Hitchcock' Reuben Sutherland (UK)
“A ballet for cars which veers between brutal realism and elegant dance. An original and ironic take on green issues. “

   

Television Series for Adults
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law ‘Birdman of Guantanamole'
Richard Ferguson-Hull (USA)

“For its risque humour and over the top parody of the super hero cartoon.”

 
KIDS COMPETITION (Judged by Nicktoons Kids Jury ages 9-11)

Short Film Made for Children
Gopher Broke Jeff Fowler (USA)
“We chose Gopher Broke because it made us all laugh and it is a film that we would want to watch again. The film can be enjoyed by anybody because there is no dialogue.We also liked the strong personality of the gopher. For example, the gopher was intelligent enough to dig a hole in the ground to make the vegetables fall out of the passing trucks, but he was also unlucky and never got to eat any of those vegetables.”

   

Short Film Special Jury Prize
Moongirl Henry Selick (USA)
“Moongirl looked very cool and different. The style reminded us of James and the Giant Peach. It was a serious yet interesting story that was told like a legend, and it made you think about things like where does the moon get its light from.”

   

Television Series for Children
Codename: Kids Next Door 'Operation A.R.C.H.I.V.E.' (USA)
“We liked the episode's funny idea that adults were created by kids. When you're very young, you think parents are a different species, or that adults were never children because they are so unfair, and this shows that in a cartoon.”

   

CANADIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN ANIMATION
At the Quinte Hotel
Bruce Alcock (Canada)
“For its raw, real, funny beautiful ugliness”

   

NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA PUBLIC PRIZE (voted by audience)
Surly Squirrel Peter Lepeniotis (Canada)