The winners of the awards of 13th Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams (www.anima.ee) were announced on Saturday, 19 November 2011, at the award ceremony in Sõprus
Cinema, Tallinn. The Grand Prix winner, a recipient of the Wooden Wolf made by
Estonian puppet experts from the Nukufilm studio alongside 1000 euros, was the
film The External World (Germany 2010,
Dir. David O'Reilly)
Chosen by an international jury made up of Anna Solanas (Spain), Nobuaki Doi
(Japan) and Andres Mänd (Estonia), the film is an aggressive and confrontational
comedy that satirises notions of bad taste and the reality within which
animation works. The film also picked up the audience award. Other awards
went to Metachaos (Italy 2010, Dir. Alessandro Bavari) for Best
Design whilst Estonia's own Ülo Pikkov won the award for Best Story with
Body Memory (Estonia 2011, Dir: Ülo Pikkov). The ‘Brain Tap'
award - given by students of Estonian Academy of Arts' and inspired by the
Animated Dreams logo - was won by Stones (Slovakia 2010,
The ceremony concluded a hugely successful festival which saw audiences from
Estonia and beyond enjoy a packed programme of shorts and features. This year
also saw the first AnimaCampus Tallinn which saw more than 100 participants -
amongst them numerous young animators - from across the globe come to Tallinn to
take part in lectures, presentations and workshops. With the opportunity to
network, meet their peers and engage with some of the best new national and
international animations, the event gave all who participated the chance to
develop their craft over the years to come.
The manager of Animated Dreams and AnimaCampus Mark Kuslapuu
"This year's festival has been an amazing success and cements our status as
the biggest animation festival in the Baltic and Nordic regions. As always,
we're grateful to the sponsors, audiences and filmmakers who make it all happen.
Alongside the great films, we're glad that AnimaCampus Tallinn got off to such a
great start. We really feel that we're offering a great chance for a new
generation of young animators to learn more about their chosen career and we
look forward for the event going from strength to strength over the coming
Animated Dreams is
a sub-festival of the Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) which also encompasses a
main programme of feature premieres and retrospectives.
AnimaCampus Tallinn are part of the Tallinn - European Capital of Culture 2011
The Animated Dreams Animation Film Festival
Grand Prix - Wooden Wolf
The External World
Germany 2010, 15'
Director: David O'Reilly
The film is aggressively funny and full of surprises, and invents a totally
new and unique world itself.
Italy 2010, 8'27''
Director: Alessandro Bavari
Film uses the CGI animation in a very original and personal way, catching the
audience with an impressive and constantly evoluting graphics.
Estonia 2011, 9'
Directors: Ülo Pikkov
Award for the best story goes to a film that with a very few elements build a
strong, touching and intelligent developed tale based on a tragic true
Jury's Special Mention I
In a Pig's Eye / Wakaranaibuta
Japan 2010, 10'10''
Director: Atsushi Wada
For classically refined design and intelligent observation on human
Jury's Special Mention II
Canada, Japan 2011, 12'40''
Director: Koji Yamamura
For graphical richness for conveying the sadness of passing time.
Award for the best film by Estonian Academy of Arts' animation students -
Slovakia 2010, 25'03'
Director: Katarina Kerekesova
We were stunned by its distinctive sense of humor.