Thursday, February 14, 2013

The German film "Rising Hope" and the Basque "Zeinek Gehiago Iraun" winners of the V International Festival of Animation ANIMACAM

" Rising Hope ", of the Czech director Milen Vitanov, is awarded with the Best Film prize while the Basque Gregorio Muro, with "Zeinek gehiago Iraun", receives the award for Best Director in Animacam 2012.

About 20,000 voters in the online edition and 400 in the physical edition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Gas Natural Fenosa of A Coruña, have selected the films "Zeinek Gehiago Iraun" and "Rising Hope" as the winners of the V International Festival of Animation ANIMACAM, both rewarded with a cash prize of 1,000 euros.

The award for Best Animacam Film 2012, awarded by the audience's votes during the Off-line projections held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Gas Natural Fenosa, was for the German production "Rising Hope" of the Czech Director Milen Vitanov.

"Rising hope" tells a story of personal growth and friendship, through a beautiful story in which a racehorse has to recover the lost illusion to achieve his dream.

The film, produced by the German studio Talking Animals Animation, began its festival circuit at the Berlinale 2012 and has won major international awards including: Best Animated Short Film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival 2012 (USA), the Audience Award for Best Short Film at "The 24 Hours of Nuremberg International Short Film Festival 2012 "(Germany), Junior Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Capalbio Cinema International Film Festival 2012 (Italy) and, this time, Best Film Award at the International Festival of Animation ANIMACAM 2012.

Its director Milen Vitanov, born in Prague in 1978 and raised in Sofia,  graduated in Animation at the University of Film and Television HFF "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg. After reaping numerous international awards for his first work "My Happy End", in 2009 founded in Berlin the studio Talking Animals with a group of fellow graduates, comprised by 14 animators and two sound directors.

In this Off-line edition, the first in the five years of the festival's life, about four hundred people went to the Museum of Contemporary Art Gas Natural Fenosa in A Coruña to watch the projections and vote for the 77 finalists. Besides "Rising Hope", the public highlighted works such as the British "A Mornig Stroll" (Oscar Nominated in 2012), the Spanish "Bajo la almohada" of the renowed director Isabel Herguera or the Galician one "El club del bromista" of the director Luis Usón.

Meanwhile, the award for Best Director Animacam 2012, awarded by the public on-line, was given to the Basque Director and filmmaker Gregorio Muro with his film "Zeinek Gehiago Iraun" - Who  stand more -.

"Zeinek Gehiago Iraun" tells the story of Ander, a boy who while playing with his friends on the train tracks has an accident. This incident will mark both his vital existence and his family's life forever.

The film distributed by Kimuak - Basque Film Archive -,  is having a wide international circulation. The film has been presented to more than 100 events and has won numerous awards, among which are: Special mention of the Jury at the Austin Film Festival (USA), Best Foreigner Short Film of Animation ISFFI (INDIA), Best International Short Film of Animation at "Cine la Calle" (Colombia), Best Short Film at Wild Sound Festival (Canada), Best Animated Short Film at Province Town Festival (USA) and Best Short Film at the Festival Cine España held in Tolousse (France), among others.

Gehiago Zeinek Iraun was nominated for the Goya Award (Spanish Academy of Cinematography)  2012 and has been shortlisted for the Oscars 2013.

Its director, Gregorio Muro Arriet (Donostia / San Sebastián, 1954) is an author of cartoons, a screenwriter and a film and TV director. After several years publishing his works mainly in France, he gets into the audiovisual world as a scriptwriter of the animated feature film "La leyenda del viento del Norte" (1992). Thereafter he has been contributing as  writer in numerous productions and as a director in the full-length film "El rey de la granja" and the short films "Tras los visillos", "Perros de Presa" and "Zeinek gehiago iraun".

The online edition, which this year was attended by more than 20,000 registered users, in addition to "Zeinek Gehiago Iraun" also highlighted with its votes other works such as the Greek film "Eight minutes Deadline", of the directors Zina Papadopoulou and Petros Papadopoulos, the Spanish short film "Alienation", of the Valencian director Silvia Carpizo and the Galician "Only You", of the young director Belén Sousa.

With this, the organization of Animacam is pleased to highlight of this edition: the large number of films for the competition - around 400 films registered in the pre-finalists section -, the global impact of the festival - with representation of 36 countries in the previous section and 30 finalists in the final selection -, apart of the high quality of the works presented, - among which there are films nominated and shortlisted for the Oscars 2012 and 2013, and shortlisted nominees for the Goya Awards 2012 and 2013, nominated for BAFTA or winners in major international competitions of animation such as: Annecy, Animamundi, Cinanima or Animage.

Moreover, the organization wants to thank animators, directors, producers and distributors for their bet on Animacam and their commitment to promote its works. At the same time, the Animacam team wants to be grateful for the support of the Festival's sponsors: Museum of Contemporary Art Gas Natural Fenosa and the Ecomputer team, providing an indispensable collaboration to strengthen and reaffirm the bond of international animation with its audience, through the International Festival of Animation ANIMACAM.

Thanks for all !!!

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