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Anima 2018 Announces Prize Winners

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After ten animated days and nights, intermixed with concerts, signing sessions, workshops and masterclasses, the Festival came to an end with the much awaited announcements of the prizewinning films, followed by screenings of the Korean feature THE SHOWER, in presence of its director Jae-hoon Ahn, and the winning films.

The international jury – made up of Pierre-Luc Granjon (FR), Janet Perlman (CA) and Jose Miguel Ribeiro (PT) – decided to reward the Swedish short MIN BÖRDA (THE BURDEN), directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr, with the Anima 2018 Grand Prix, accompanied by 2,500 euros provided by the Brussels-Capital Region. It’s also interesting to note that this 34-year-old filmmaker also walked away with the same prize in 2015 for her film SIMHALL (BATH HOUSE).

The jury gave its Special Award to American filmmaker Trevor Jimenez for his film WEEKENDS, while the Award for Best Student Short Film went to the German short by Florian Maubach, RÄUBER & GENDARM (COPS & ROBBERS). Finally, the junior jury, made up of representatives from the webtv Ceci n’est pas un Buzz and Ouftivi, gave their Award for the Best Short Film for a Young Audience to the French film LA BOÎTE, directed by Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Aloïs Mathé, Juliette Perrey and Joran Rivet.

The jury for the national competition – made up of Chris Ullens (BE), Jen Hall (GB) and Anu-Laura Tuttelberg (EE) – gave the Award for the Best Belgian ShortFilm provided by SABAM to WILDEBEEST by Nicolas Keppens & Matthias Phlips who also walked away with the SACD Author Award. The Grand Prix for Best Short Film of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles went to Rocío Álvarez’s SIMBIOSIS CARNAL.

Anima’s public decided to reward TEHRAN TABOO by Ali Soozandeh as the Best Feature for Adults, and THE GREEN BIRD by Pierre Perveyrie & Maximilien Bougeois as Best Short Film, while the young audience chose the German short AMEISE by Julia Ocker.

All the European prizewinning films awarded at Anima are now eligible for the Emile Awards and the Anima 2018 is eligible for the Oscars®.

Over 325 films, coming from all over the world, were screened during the ten days of Anima. Festival-goers certainly praised the exceptional quality of the selected short films both on the national and international level. They also attended the special events, creating full-houses for the special Valentine’s Day programme, CRAZY LOVE, the rotoscope film TEHRAN TABOO and the Oscar nominated THE BREADWINNER. Many screening for the little ones were also sold out like the ERNEST & CELESTINE IN WINTER programme, EARLY MAN or LA CABANE A HISTOIRES.

The Festival welcomed 73 international guests from 17 countries including South Korea, Japan, Poland, Estonia and the USA.

You can catch up with all the photos from the Festival, the full list of prize winners and photos from the awarded films on You can also find our interviews with filmmakers on our Youtube channel.

And, don’t forget to make a note of the dates for next year’s Anima: from 1st to 10th March, in Brussels!

Prizes awarded by the international competition jury:

  • Anima 2018 Grand Prix for Best Short Film provided by the Brussels-Capital Region (2500 €)
    Min Börda (The Burden), Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Sweden
  • Special Jury Award (short film category)
    Weekends, Trevor Jimenez, USA
    Special Mention: Kötü Kız, Ayce Kartal, France / Turkey
  • Award for Best Student Short Film
    (software licence TVPaint Animation 11 Standard Edition)
    Räuber & Gendarm (Cops & Robbers), Florian Maubach, Germany
    Special Mentions: Petit Astre, Etienne Baillieu, France and Pombo Loves You, Steve Warne, United Kingdom
  • Award for Best Short Film for a Young Audience (junior jury Ceci n’est pas un buzz and Ouftivi)
    (purchase of broadcast rights on Ouftivi)
    La Boite, Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Aloïs Mathé, Juliette Perrey, Joran Rivet, France
    Special Mention: Löwe Julia Ocker, Germany

Prizes awarded by the international public:

  • Audience Award for Best Feature, provided by FedEx (voucher worth 2,500 €)
    Teheran Tabou, Ali Soozandeh, Germany
  • Audience Award for Best Short Film
    The Green Bird, Pierre Perveyrie & Maximilien Bougeois, France
  • Audience Award for Best Short Film for a Young Audience
    Ameise, Julia Ocker, Germany
  • Animated Night Audience Award for Best Short Film
    Voyagers, Gauthier Ammeux & Valentine Baillon, France

Partner Prizes:

  • BeTV Award for Best Feature (purchase of broadcasting rights)
    Tehran Taboo, Ali Soozandeh, Germany
  • Creative Revelation Award (2,500 € provided by the Korean Cultural Centre)
    My Mamma is Bossies, Naomi van Niekerk, South Africa
  • Critics Award for Best Short Film (UPCB / UCC)
    Hedgehog’s Home, Eva Cvijanović, Croatia/Canada

Prizes awarded by the national competition jury:

  • Award for Best Belgian Short Film offered by the Sabam (2,500 €)
    Wildebeest, Nicolas Keppens & Matthias Phlips, Belgium
  • Grand Prix for Best Short Film from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles provided by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (2,500 €)
    Simbiosis Carnal, Rocío Álvarez, Belgium
  • Author Award provided by the SACD (2,500 €)
    Wildebeest, Nicolas Keppens & Matthias Phlips, Belgium

Partner Prizes

  • BeTV Award (purchase of broadcasting rights)
    A chacun sa malédiction, Lorène Yavo, Belgium
  • RTBF-La Trois Award (purchase of broadcasting rights)
    Le Marcheur, Frédéric Hainaut, Belgium
  • Cinergie Award (electronic press kit)
    Simbiosis Carnal, Rocío Álvarez, Belgium

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