MIN BÖRDA (THE BURDEN) wins the ANIMA 2018 Grand Prix!
MIN BÖRDA Kalle Wettre
Despite particularly spring-like weather, film fans flocked into the darkness of Flagey's theatres and other towns that hosted Anima's decentralized programmes. The counter should exceed over 45,000 festival-goers, including 30,000 in Brussels.
After ten crazy 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 Jaehuun 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 Short Film 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.
WILDEBEEST Animal Tank
SIMBIOSIS CARNAL Zorobabel
Anima's public decided to reward Ali Soozandeh's TEHRAN TABOO 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®.
Next year's Anima is set to take place from 1st to 10th March, in Brussels!