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PR: International Filmmakers Take Grand Prizes at OIAF

NEWS RELEASE: INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKERS TAKE GRAND PRIZES AT OIAF

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (September 23, 2007) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival comes to an end with the highly anticipated closing ceremonies held this evening at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies.

This year’s event, held September 19th – 23rd, was a tremendous success with packed screenings, sold out workshops, high profile networking events such as the Television Animation Conference and the Animarket Trade and Recruiting Fair. The Festival is a major international film event; that attracts 1500 industry pass holders from across Canada and around the world with a total attendance of over 23,000. Although the final numbers are not officially in, there are strong indications that this year’s Festival reached the highest attendance to date.

The 2007 international jury for Independent, Student and Commissioned Films include: Bruce Alcock (Canada), Ruth Lingford (U.K.) and Joanna Quinn (U.K.) The international jury for School, New Media and Feature Films include: Tomasz Bagiski (Poland), Albert Hanan Kaminski (Belgium/Israel) and Hrvoje Turkovic (Croatia).

The Festival has a special jury made up of local kids to select the Best Short Animation Made for Children and the Best Television Animation Made for Children. This year’s kids jury included: Elisha Hunter, Laura Hall, Ashley Haley, Justin Li, Nicholas Handsfield Jones, Solange Ferraro Desrches, Andrew Bradley, Noah Davidson and Ian Martin.

MERCURY FILMWORKS PRIZE FOR BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Persepolis [2007] Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi, France
“Persepolis is not only a sour criticism of intolerance but especially a vibrating call for the universal rights for freedom, democracy and love.” States jury “By using very simple but powerful designs, the authors of Persepolis succeeded in creating a unique and original cinematographic language in which humanism and feelings are emerging.”

NELVANA GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST INDEPENDENT SHORT ANIMATION
Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor [2007] Koji Yamamura, Japan
“Distortions of time space and figure take story-telling to a challenging new place. This is a beautiful and dream-like film.” Commented jury

BIOWARE GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST STUDENT ANIMATION
Milk Teeth [2007] Tibor Banoczki, National Film and Television School, UK
Jury states, “This film has a haunting atmosphere, great sound and characterization. It is a powerful evocation of the horror of being a child.”

GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST-COMMISSIONED ANIMATION
Golden Age [2007] Aaron Augenblick, Augenblick Studios, USA
Jury comments, “A lovingly crafted parody, which transcends the genre through thoughtful attention to detail.”

CANDIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN ANIMATION
Sleeping Betty (Isabelle au bois dormant) [2007] Claude Cloutier, National Film Board of Canada, Canada
Honourable Mention: I Met The Walrus (2007) Josh Raskin, I Met the Walrus Inc., Canada

ANIMATION SCHOOL SHOWREEL
Bezalel Academy for Art and Design (Israel)

INDEPENDENT SHORT ANIMATION COMPETITION
Narrative Short Animation under 35 minutes: Madame Tutli-Putli [2007] Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski, National Film Board of Canada, Canada

Experimental / Abstract Animation under 35 minutes: Framing (Bildfenster / Fensterbilder) [2007] Bert Gottschalk, Germany

Honourable Mention: Teat Beat of Sex [2007] Signe Baumane, USA

STUDENT ANIMATION COMPETITION
Adobe Prize for Best High School Animation: Herbert [2007] Aven Fisher, King’s View Academy, Canada

Undergraduate Animation: Doxology [2007] Michael Langan, Rhode Island School of Design, USA

Graduate Animation: t.o.m. [2006] Tom Brown & Daniel Gray, International Film School of Wales, UK

COMMISSIONED ANIMATION COMPETITION
Promotional Animation: National Lottery ‘The Big Win’ [2006] Marc Craste, Studio AKA, UK

Music Video: OOIOO ‘UMO’ [2007] Shoji Goto, Japan

Television Animation for Adults: John and Karen [2007] Matthew Walker, Arthur Cox Ltd., UK

NEW MEDIA COMPETITION
AniBoom Prize for Animation Short Made for the Internet: L’eau Life [2007] Jeff Scher, Fez Films, USA

ANIMATION MADE FOR CHILDREN
Best Short Animation: Zhiharka [2006] Oleg Uzhinov, “Pilot” Moscow Animation Studio, Russian Federation
Honourable Mention: Nightmare at School [2007] Catherine Arcand, National Film Board of Canada, Canada
Honourable Mention: Aston’s Stones (Astons stenar) [2007] Uzi Geffenblad & Lotta Geffenblad, Sweden

Television Animation for Children: Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends ‘Squeeze the Day’ [2006] Craig McCracken, Cartoon Network Studios, USA
Honourable Mention: Pocoyo ‘Dance Off’ [2007] Guillermo Garcia & Alfonso Rodriguez, Zinkia Entertainment & Granada International, Spain & UK

SPECIAL PRIZES
NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA PUBLIC PRIZE (Voted by the Audience)
Sleeping Betty (Isabelle au bois dormant) [2007] Claude Cloutier, National Film Board of Canada, Canada

OIAF 07 was held September 19 – 23, 2007 in Ottawa. Events at the OIAF included screenings, panels, workshops parties and the Television Animation Conference. The OIAF is a leading competitive animation film festival, featuring cutting edge programming, catering to industry executives, trend setting artists, students and animation fans. For more information about the OIAF, please visit www.animationfestival.ca.

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