HomeTechnologyVirtual Reality‘Bird in the Peninsula,’ ‘Dozens of Norths’ Take Top OIAF 2022 Honors

‘Bird in the Peninsula,’ ‘Dozens of Norths’ Take Top OIAF 2022 Honors

the 46e Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation festival, has announced the winners. Back in person (and virtually) after a 2-year pandemic shift to online-only editions, the festival this year received 2,457 entries from 96 different countries, of which 69 were selected for the official competition.

The Grand Prize for Short Animation has been awarded to: Bird on the Peninsula, by Japanese animator Atsushi Wada. The top prize for feature film animation has been awarded to: Dozens North, by fellow Japanese animator Koji Yamamura. To complete the Japan awards ceremony, Japanese animator Sumito Sakakibara took home the award for best non-narrative short film for the film. Lizuna Fair.

The Wacom Audience Award has been awarded to: Sierra (SanderJoon). Oscar-nominated Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis won the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation for their film, The Flying Sailorportraying an explosive moment in Canadian history.

This year’s Shorts Competition jury consisted of Terril Calder (Canada), Jonni Phillips (United States) and Marko Tadic (Croatia), while the Feature Competition jury consisted of Hugo Covarrubias (Chile), Marc Bertrand (Canada) and Pilar Newton-Katz ( United States).

The Kids Jury consisted of children from the Ottawa area, ages 8-12, who selected the winners of the Young Audiences 3+ and 7+.

Traditionally, the OIAF ’22 award statues were designed by Ottawa-based scrap artist Tick Tock Tom. The images are working phénakisticopes with an animation by the New York artist George Griffin.

OIAF ’22 continues until September 25.

Full Competition Prize Winners List­

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Grand Prize for Short Animation

Winner: Bird on the Peninsula (dir. Atsushi Wada)

Jury Commentary: Challenging the medium through its cryptic universality, the next short film is icy tempered with captivating movements. Expressive, comical, complete and concise.

Great prize for animated film

Winner: Dozens North (dir. Koji Yamamura)

Jury Commentary: This film engages the viewer to use their five senses. It breaks the boundaries and structures of storytelling. The visual material used is in line with the creative process. The author successfully describes a world and an ecosystem of the senses. Everything is beautifully connected: creativity the senses and visual poetry.

Wacom Audience Award

Winner: Sierra (direction Sander Joon)

On the second place: The Flying Sailor (directors. Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis)

Third place: Dog Apartment (towards Priit Tender)

Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation

Winner: The Flying Sailor (directors. Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis)

Note: Due to his striking, inventive combination of animation styles and his
thoughtful, poetic evocation of the dignity of humanity in times of
catastrophe.

Special mention: Animal collective – We Go Back (dir. Winston Hacking & Michael Enzbrunner)

Comment: For his witty, unpredictable and imaginative journey through pop
cultural history and personal memory

Short Animation Contest – Category Prizes

Best non-narrative

Winner: Izuna Fair (dir. Sumito Sakakibara)

Jury Commentary: For his immersive digs and exploratory polyrhythm that creates a kinetic experience within his medium.

best story

Winner: Letters to a pig (direction Tal Kantor)

Jury Commentary: By viscerally tearing down walls for internal conversation, the gripping story and structure at the core of the next film make for a challenging, hard-hitting story. Investigating multigenerational trauma through a fresh new lens.

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Best commissioned

Winner: The Humane Society International – Red Ralph (director Spencer Susser)

Jury Commentary: As the next film artfully plays with the viewer’s emotions, it breaks the boundaries of traditional marketing. With an empathic character at its core that resonates long after the first viewing of the film.

Bento Box Award for best student animation

Winner: The tears of the Seine (directors. Alice Letailleur, Eliott Benard, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Nicolas Mayeur, Philippine Singer & Yanis Belaid)

Jury Commentary: Standing firm on all levels of story, direction, visual design, sound, technique and editing – the following film addresses a pertinent historical event that reverberates in our current political landscape.

Animation for young audience 3+ competition

Winner: my name is fear (dir. Eliza Plocieniak-Alvarez)

Special mention: toddler talks (direction Diane Reichenbach)

Animation for young audience 7+ competition

Winner: Luce and the Rock (direction Britt Raes)

Special mention: Lost Brain (dir. Isabelle Favez)

Animated Series Competition

Winner: My Year of Dicks ‘The Sex Talk’ (dir. Sara Gunnarsdottir)

Commentary: Because of the visually innovative mix of collage, rotoscope, archival material and drawings all amplifying the clash between imagination and real life.

Special mention: Safe Mode: Lana Among the Lillies (director Justin Tomchuk)

Comment: For its refreshingly bizarre and daring non-linear approach along with its striking designs.

Virtual Reality Competition

Winner: Biolum (dr. Abel Kohen)

Commentary: Because of the stories that guide and spark curiosity, and the use of light to reveal the dark parts of an underwater world… and perhaps humanity.

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Canadian Student Competition

Winner: I dreamed of a house at night (director Charlie Galea McClure)

Jury Commentary: For the clever use of collage, cutouts, engravings and various techniques to create an unstable, uncertain and enigmatic environment.

Special mention 1: Sculptor (direction Andreas Fobes)

Special mention 2: Mileage (directors. Jennifer Wu, Kym Santiana, Ruyee Lu, Christopher Hsueh, Joy Zhou, Miranda Li, Nicole Taylor-Topacio, & Saul Benavides)

Short Animation Competition – Craft Awards

Best Script

Winner: drone (dir. Sean Buckelew)

Jury Commentary: The following satire introduces contemporary issues told by a romantic protagonist and elicits a sympathetic response with its timely story and expertly crafted screenplay.

Best design

Winner: Backflip (dir. Nikita Diakur)

Jury Commentary: Experimenting with conceptual design beyond the traditional expectations of animation, the following film questioned our perceptions of feeling. The film is a visual exploration, a scientific investigation, a social experiment and even a radical slapstick comedy.

best technique

Winner: Hotel Kalura (direction sophie koko port)

Jury Commentary: Imagine a parallel dimension where Andy Warhol teamed up with Nico from The Velvet Underground to create a 1940s noir. Working with a classic love story that implements a fresh rhythm with the delightful aesthetic.

Best Sound Design

Winner: son (director Jonatan Schwenk)

Jury Commentary: Working together with the alien imagery with a soundscape that gives texture to the surrounding environments, the following film exemplifies a symbiotic and complementary relationship between sound and image.

Source: OIAF 2022

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