Students from the MOPA School of CG Animation, in Arles, southern France, won Thursday the first prize of EUR 4,000 for their short film called “Garden Party“ at this year’s Hamburg Animation Award in the Chamber of Commerce. The movie tells the tale of frogs that invade a villa owned by dead gangster. Michael Coldewey, Managing Director of TRIXTER animation studios in Munich, praised the “unusual handcrafted quality” and “the exact timing of dramaturgy” in the movie. The winners were chosen from entries by 294 students and animation graduates from 47 countries.
Influence of smartphones on society
André Mücke, Vice President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, told 600 guests from media and the creative sector that the entries reflect issues that motivate the young graduates. Many films, for instance, highlighted the influence of smart phones on society. The second prize of EUR 3,000 went to Dina Velikovskaya from St. Petersburg for her very original film called “About a mother” – that focuses on the importance of mothers in families. A delegation from Viborg in Denmark presented the third prize to Mathilde Rémy from ENSAV La Cambre, one of Belgium’s leading schools of art and design, for her film “L‘Indigestion”. Rémy’s film zooms in on chasms and an escalating conflict during a family celebration. The Harald Siepermann Character Design Prize went to the film “Awaker“ by Philip Diviaka and produced by the Tomas Bata University in Zlín, in the Czech Republic. The Chamber of Commerce has presented the Hamburg Animation Award since 2003.
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