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Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film awards

The 12th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2004 (1st – 6th April) has broken the attendance record of the last Festival: the organizers expect the number of visitors to total over 40,000. The evening events were completely sold out and even the repeat screenings of the competition programmes were all very full.

500 films were screened at four venues (Alte Reithalle, Atelier im Bollwerk, Treffpunkt Rotebühlplatz and KOKI im Filmhaus) over the six days. At the centre of the world’s second largest animated film festival were the four ompetitions, in which prize-money totalling 50,000 Euro was awarded: the International
Competition, the Student Competition Young Animation, Tricks for Kids (children’s films) and Feature
Animation, the competition featuring full-length animated films. Even the feature films – a section which, on this occasion, featured nine outstanding films – proved very popular with the public, so much so that some of these films were repeated at special screenings due to the interest shown by the viewers.

Awards and Winners
International Competition

· State of Baden-Württemberg Award – 7,500 EUR
Flux
Christopher Hinton, Canada 2002
Jury’s comment:
An original animated film which could not have been made using any other medium. Christopher Hinton
has produced a lively film that uses a narrative to take us on an abstract journey.

· City of Stuttgart Award – 7,500 EUR
Ischow Tramwai No° 9, Stepan Koval, Ukraine 2002
Jury’s comment:
The director has extended the possibilities of working with clay. The film demonstrates what a typical tram
ride can be like – the exception being the public transport system in Stuttgart, which is, of course, much
better.

· International Promotion Award for the best graduation film produced by a film school, college,
university or art academy – 12,500 EUR
Treevil
Aiju Salminen, Finland 2002
Jury’s comment:
Treevil is a refreshingly original puppet film. The International Promotion Award goes to Aiju Salminen,
Christer Lindström, Aino Ovaskainen and the members of the jury are really looking forward to seeing their next film.

· SWR Audience Award
The award-winning film is voted for by the TV audience using TED (telephone voting system).

· 1st Prize – 6,000 EUR
In-Saeng / The Life
JunKi Kim, Korea 2003

· 2nd Prize – 4,000 EUR
Instinkt / Instinct
Rao Heidmets, Estonia 2003

· 3rd Prize – 2,000 EUR
Post Card
Anna Matysik, Germany 2003

· Award for the Funniest Film
Donated by Elektrofilm Postproduction Facilities GmbH – 1,000 EUR
Bozhestvo / The God
Konstantin Bronzit, Russia 2003
Jury’s comment:
This divine comedy shows us that there are actually limits to the power of a god.

Special Mentions
Atama Yama
Koji Yamamura, Japan 2002
For combining traditional and contemporary perceptions.
Fast Film
Virgil Widrich, Austria 2003
For its narrative technique and energy.
Ward 13
Peter Cornwell, Australia 2003
For its effective fast-paced editing.

Young Animation
· International Student and Graduate Competition; Award for the Best Student Film – 2,500 EUR
Donated by Gorilla Film GmbH
Ducks
Uri Kranot, Israel 2002
Jury’s comment:
For its great cinematographic approach to animation and personal account of a circle of violence.
· DASDING Award
The DASDING Jury chose the DAS-DING award winner from five films that were selected by the public and screened in the Young Animation Competition.
Un gros billet / A Big Bill
Frederic Martin, France 2003
12. Internationales Trickfilm Festival 2004 PM 3 19.02.2004 S. 4/5
Special Mention
Cai Wei
Ye Zhao, China 2003
For its artistic quality. The filmmaker creates a unity using organic materials and noises in order to tell the
story.

Tricks for Kids

· International Competition for Children’s Film: Award for the Best Children’s Film;
Donated by Super RTL, Cologne – 4,000 EUR
Nuit d’orage / Stormy Night
Michèle Lémieux, Canada 2003
Jury’s comment:
Michèle Lumineux has created an outstanding piece of art with "Nuit d’orage”. She combines a
remarkably beautiful design, fascinating images, a very poetic style of animation with an optimistic story
full of hope to create an entertaining and wise lesson in philosophy, psychology and transcendency
which reaches the hearts and the intellect of viewers of all ages. Despite the unusually complex themes
focused on in the film, an exciting children’s story, which opens up a new world for children, has been
created.

· Children’s Jury Award
Showa Shinzan
Alison Reiko Loader, Canada 2002
Comment by the Children’s Jury:
We chose this film because of its sensitive approach. A good mix of different animated techniques such
as computer animation and classical drawings was used to transport the very important theme in an
interesting way. We also felt that the film, which reflects what is happening in today’s world, gives us
something to think about.

Feature Animation
· Audience Award for the Best Full-length Animated Film;
Donated by Leonhardt & Kern Werbung GmbH, Stuttgart – 2,500 EUR
Les Triplettes de Belleville / Belleville Rendez-Vous
Sylvain Chomet, France/Canada/Belgium 2003
12. Internationales Trickfilm Festival 2004 PM 3 19.02.2004 S. 5/5
Jury
International Competition
Albrecht Ade (Ludwigsburg), former director of the Animated Film Festival and Ludwigsburg Film Academy Alexander Tatarsky (Moscow), producer and director of animated film
Heikki Jokinen (Helsinki), journalist and animated film expert
Janet Perlman (Montreal), director of animated film
Peter Dougherty (London), former creative director at MTV Europe, now a consultant for various TV networks

Tricks for Kids
Susanne Schosser (Cologne), programme director at Super RTL
Koji Yamamura (Tokyo), animator
Natalia Lukinykh (Moscow), journalist and artistic director of the Krok Festival
Children’s Jury:
Vera Mader, Maren Gerbach, Elias Brenneisen and Thandu Hamnca
Young Animation
Ingrid Gränz (Mainz), editor at ZDF/3sat
Mait Laas (Tallin), animator
Annick Teninge (Valence), responsible for production and distribution at La Poudrière Film School
DASDING Award
Frederik Peter (Baden-Baden), editor, DASDING
Max R. Scheer (Baden-Baden), graphic designer, DASDING
Mark Klotz (Offenburg), cameraman and editor, DASDING

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