FESTIVALS: Latvia, Poland and Czech Republic Take Home Annecy Wins

Deszcz by Piotr Milczarek Deszcz by Piotr Milczarek

ANNECY: The Latvian animated feature-length film Away directed by Gint Zilbalodis won the Contrechamp Award at the Annecy Festival of animated films, which ended on 15 June 2019.

Away is the story of a boy and a little bird, who are travelling across an island on a motorcycle trying to escape a dark spirit and return home. It.was produced by the director and by the Latvian company Bilibaba. The Contrechamp section is dedicated to young emerging filmmakers.

The Jean-Luc Ziberras for a First Short Film went to the Polish film Deszcz directed by Piotr Milczarek.

The Cristal for the graduation film went to the Czech film Daughter directed by Daria Kashcheeva (FAMU, MAUR film). This short film also received the Junior Jury Award.

Short film The Kite by Martin Smatana (FAMU, BFILM) got the Young Audience Award.

Within the MIFA pitching competition, two Hungarian animated projects were awarded: Hide by Daniel Benjamin Gray and Dino Doom on Desert Planet by Zsuzsanna Kreif, Balàsz Turai.