Little Nicholas wasn’t the only film among the nominees to impress at Annecy this year. At Baumane My love affair with marriage earned Jury Honors there after its Tribeca premiere in June. The film recently won Best Feature at the Viborg Animation Festival and a Director’s Award at the Woodstock Film Festival. We spoke with Baumane about his latest indie effort, a semi-autobiographical story featuring hand-drawn animation superimposed over papier-mâché sets.
My neighbor’s neighbor features several fantastical stories about a group of neighbors whose fates are intertwined in a way that becomes more evident as the film progresses. His festival included stops at Animation First, the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, and the Viborg International Animation Festival.
Ughetto’s immigration history in the early 20th century No dogs or Italians allowed also received a jury prize after being screened in the main competition at Annecy, as well as the Gan Foundation prize for screening at the French festival.
Oinka stop-motion family comedy about a girl who is given a pig by her grandmother, played sidebar Generation Kplus in Berlin earlier this year and won Best Production Design, Best Director (feature) and Best Film at last month’s Netherlands Film Festival.
For readers in Los Angeles who haven’t had a chance to catch some of the nominees yet, both Oink and Little Nicholas will screen this Sunday, October 23 at Animation is Film at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood.
European Animated Short Film Nominees:
- Granny’s sex life – Urška Djukič, Emilie Pigeard (Slovenia, France)
- ice cream vendors – João Gonzalez (Portugal, France, United Kingdom)
- love, daddy – Diana Cam Van Nguyen (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
Notably, three of the shorts in this year’s Best European Short Film, which is not a dedicated category for animation, are animated or hybrid films. We chose two ice cream vendors and love, daddy, for our list of potential Oscar hopefuls that we published in August. The third, Granny’s sex lifebenefited from a rich festival itinerary with stops in Annecy, Anima in Brussels and Clermont-Ferrand.
The European Shorts category is organized by the European Film Academy in coordination with a group of major festivals from across the continent. Each festival submitted one film for the nomination, and from those 29 submissions, the participating festivals then voted for the five finalists.
Now that the nominations have been made, the 4,400 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the winners. The awards will be presented on December 10 at a ceremony in Reykjavík, Iceland.