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London International Animation Festival 2016 award winners announced

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The London International Animation Festival (LIAF) returned to the Barbican last week for ten days of animation screenings, special events, talks and forums, screen talks. Having presented over 200 of the best new, archive and retrospective animated shorts and features from around the world, tonight saw the announcement of this year’s award winners ahead of the festival’s final, non-competitive events tomorrow.

The full list of grand prize winners are as follows:

Best Abstract: Sai Gon (Oerd van Cuijlenborg)

Best British Animation: Johnno’s Dead (Chris Shepherd)

Best of Festival: Before Love (Igor Kovyalov)

Best Performance: Jukai (Gabrielle Lissot)

Best Sound Design: Otto – Nicola Ariutti (Salvatore Murgia & Dario Imbrogno)

Each screening category also featured a judges’ and audience vote, which has been tallied to reveal which films stood out the most:

International Competition 1 – From Absurd to Zany
Judges’ Vote:
The Noise of Licking (Nadja Andrasev, Hungary)
Audience Vote: Panic (Joost Lieuwma & Daan Velsink, The Netherlands)

International Competition 2 – Being Human
Judges’ Vote:
How’s Your Prostate? (Jeanne Paturle & Cécile Rousset, France)
Audience Vote: Afternoon Class (Seoro Oh, South Korea)

International Competition Programme 3 – Looking For Answers
Judges’ Vote:
G-AAAH (Elizabeth Hobbs, UK)
Audience Vote:
Blind Vaysha (Theodore Ushev, Canada)

International Competition 4 – Beyond Anime
Judges’ Vote: Radio Wave (Miyajima Ryotaro, Japan)
Audience Vote: I Can’t Breathe (Sayaka Kihata, Japan)

International Competition 5 – Into the Dark
Judges’ Vote: Johnno’s Dead (Chris Shepherd, UK/France)
Audience Vote:
Happy End (Jan Saska, Czech Republic)

International Competition 6 – Below the Surface
Judges’ Vote:
Ghost Cell (Antoine Delacharlery, France)
Audience Vote:
He and Sea (Kris Genijn & Pieter Vanluffelen, Belgium)

International Competition 7 – Long Shorts
Judges’ Vote:
Before Love (Igor Kovyalov, Russia)
Audience Vote:
Sunday Lunch (Celine Devaux, France)

International Competition 8 – Animated Documentaries
Judges’ Vote: The Empty Space (Ülo Pikkov, Estonia)

Amazing Animations
Judges’ Vote: Hey Deer (Ors Barczy, Hungary) AND Eagle Blue (Will Rose, UK)
Audience Vote:
Hey Deer (Ors Barczy, Hungary)

Marvellous Animations
Audience Vote: Voltaire (Jan Snoekx, The Netherlands)

Congratulations to this year’s winners and indeed all the filmmakers who participated in LIAF 2016. Keep your eyes on Skwigly for more coverage from this year’s festival.

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