Two graduates of Turin’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – experimental film centre or Italian National film school, that had one prize-winner in 2015, won Wednesday (June 22) the first prize of EUR 4,000 for their short film called “Merlot”. Dr. Robin Houcken, laudator and head of the Chamber of Commerce’s Committee on Media and the Creative Industry, praised the new, graphically sophisticated manner in which the tale of Little Red Riding Hood is retold in “Merlot”. Some 300 students and graduates of animation study courses from 46 countries had submitted their entries for this year’s competition.
Virtual reality workshop and “Game of Thrones”
A first animation conference with keynote speeches, panel discussions and lectures on issues in the animation sector was held in the run-up to the award. A virtual reality workshop and the conference gave insight into animation projects in Hamburg and animated films from France. Creating phantasy worlds with VFX was illustrated using the U.S. “Game of Thrones” TV series. The screening of the new Ice Age movie, Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) proved a highlight.
Prize for “The Present” & “Between Walls”
The second prize of EUR 3,000 goes to Jacob Frey and Matacz for “The Present” – a touching, multi-award winning short film about a boy with a limp and his dog. The pair are graduates of the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. French animation film producer, Ron Dyens, presented the third prize to Denmark’s Sara Jespersen Holm from “The Animation Workshop Vyborg” for her graduate film “Between Walls”. Ben Ozeri and Corentin Monnier won the Harald Siepermann Character Design Prize for “Grandma’s Hero” which was also produced in Vyborg.
International young talents in animation design
A jury of 15 animation experts chose winners from a shortlist of 10 nominees who were presented to the audience during the ceremony. The jury reached a joint decision with the audience on the winners. The Chamber of Commerce Hamburg presents the Animation Award to international young talents for their graduate films and work done by students all over the world during their courses.