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Andreas Hykade receives the Golden Dinosaur award

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Professor Andreas Hykade, Director of the Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Independent Filmmaker and FMX Conference Chair, will receive the Golden Dinosaur at the 23rd Etiuda & Anima Festival in Krakow/Poland this week. The Golden Dinosaur recognizes “outstanding artists turned pedagogues” for their achievements in filmmaking and teaching. Andreas Hykade will collect the prize in person during his interactive workshop “Self-Portraits of Animation Authors” this Saturday.

The festival’s Artistic Director Boguslaw Zmudzinski is convinced that the award will be in good hands:

He (Andreas Hykade) easily merges the two areas (filmmaking and teaching), having the ability to use his own artistic experiences in education and drawing inspiration for his creations from the process of teaching others. Prof. Hykade is a leading figure in German animation film education.

2016 marks the 14th time that the prestigious prize is given. Among the distinguished artists is the great German director Werner Herzog (2013), the Estonian animation director Priit Pärn and the British experimental animator Paul Bush. The very first Golden Dinosaur (2003) went to Jerzy Kucia, the multi-award winning Polish animation legend who has defined Polish animation since the 1970s.

Prof. Hykade flies the flag for the Animationsinstitut as he receives the Golden Dinosaur

Hykade, who is currently working on his next film Altoetting whilst teaching animation, is very proud to be honored for the combination of both activities:.

There were only two awards that literally made me jump for joy. The first time I was jumping for joy was for the first award I ever received for one of my movies, and the second time is for this particular distinction. That’s because it came exactly at the right time, exactly at the right place. First of all, it came from Poland – and I recently had the opportunity to breathe in some Polish spirit, so I know that a compliment from that side has got some real relevance. Second of all, it will encourage me as a teacher in the decisions I’ve made and will make. So I’m looking forward to come over and meet Poland!

-Andreas Hykade (full interview here)

Festival attendees do not only have the opportunity to gain an insight into Hykade’s artistic and pedagogic achievements: Etiuda & Anima also presents a selection of films that emphasizes the variety of artistic voices that have emerged at the Animationsinstitut, with a focus on the power of original storytelling and visual language.

The Etiuda & Anima Festival, which juxtaposes student and professional films, runs from November 22 to 27, 2016. Learn more about the work of Andreas Hykade in this week’s Intimate Animation podcast interview (stream below or direct download).

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