Nothing Happens by Michelle and Uri Kranot, from Denmark
The subject of the film comments on our modern society’s observing nature— something is always happening everywhere while we all turn a blind eye. Hypnotised with an extraordinary mise en scène, we wake up too late to act. We all heard the shot.
The Ogre by Laurene Braibant from France
In this beautifully designed and animated film, the audience feels discomfort with every bite the character takes. With a captivating narration and jaw-dropping animation, it takes perfect advantage of the medium.
Pussy by Renata Gasiorowska from Poland
Female pleasure is an important theme, that this film cleverly touches upon with hilarious moments. The director delights with a simple, playful design and animation that’s full of character.
Nighthawk by Spela Cadez from Slovenia
A dark and poignant subject matter explored in a technically and visually brilliant way. Especially extraordinary is how this film manages to combine elements from narrative and non-narrative storytelling, taking us on a compelling ride
We have decided to award the film that has one of the most relatable stories with minimalistic and poetic artstyle. It tells a story of a bond between mother and a child but in general it also talks about human co-dependence via metaphorical storytelling, smart use of visual humor and fluent animation transitions.
The film has great character design and animation and evokes a very strong and dark mood. Using good psychological profiling of its characters and thanks to religious symbolism it tells an intense story of adult psychosis.
We decided to give a special mention to a colorful and simply told film that tells a story about language and its impact on our culture and identity. We see this through a personal conversation between mother and her daughter accompanied by great direction and visual symbolism.
It’s a Date
The film has a casual story of two persons telling us that everyone’s character traits and interests are special even though they might seem alienating at first. Having special mood, great use of color and character design it has a very relatable plot and chemistry between its protagonists.
Wicked Girl by Ayce Kartal, from Turkey and France
Big ideas and small details; darkness and lightness; harshness and sensitivity; opposites meet in this film, creating beautiful conflict. Conveying the child’s thought process, the discourse between what we hear and see is masterfully crafted. This film left us quiet for quite some time.
20 Kicks by Dimitar Dimitrov from Bulgaria
This film’s ever so clever transitions captured us from the first frame on. The simplicity of the design allows the viewer to focus fully on the animation and enjoy the relatable and fascinating stream of consciousness.
Zapaska by Oleg Shcherba from Ukraine
Graphically interesting and beautifully synchronized with the music, this animation allowed us to sit back and enjoy the ride. Its clever graphic design approach offered an entrancing viewing experience, using every inch within and even outside of the frame.
GastaLoops by Nicola Gastaldi from the United Kingdom
In this music video, every second is an explosion of ideas, synchronised with the rhythms of music. It’s captivating visual and sound wise.