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Film of the Year - Winners 2017

Congratulations to the following winners selected by
the official judging team.
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Animation – Film of the Year – Winner
Planet Unknown

At the end of 21st century, mankind was facing global resource depletion. Space Rovers were sent out to find potential inhabitable planets. Planet Unknown was made during 2015- 2016, and it was my first animated short film. I was inspired by various space exploration movies such as Interstellar, Wall-E, documentaries of Mars Rover Curiosity and so many more

China, shanghai | Communication University of China, Digital Media Arts
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Animation – Film of the Year – Runner Up
Lunette

A fantasy based short featuring the journey of a wolf, who travels with the moon, created by Phoebe Warries. Produced at The University of Hertfordshire,.

United Kingdom, Hatfield | University of Hertfordshire, 2D Animation
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Film Production – Film of the Year – Winner
Eileen

A creative short-film displaying an innocent and significantly unachievable childhood romance which leads to a lifetime of burning desire and tiring regret. The short explores the relationship between time, circumstance and the dawning inevitability of reality, posing the question: Is it ever too late for love?

United Kingdom, Bournemouth | Bournemouth University, BA Media Production
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Film Production – Film of the Year – Runner Up
Iridescence

Logan is a 16-year-old boy whose mother just passed away and now is left alone with his abusive father, Vince. Afraid that his son is not manly enough or even worst, homosexual, Vince tattoos on Logan’s body words that will force him to remember what kind of man he shouldn’t be; weak, fragile, feminine and worthless.

Canada, Vancouver | Vancouver Film School, Film Production
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Visual Effects – Film of the Year – Winner
OFF

This atmospheric short will leave you contemplating just what awaits us as we venture beyond our own small world. What strange journeys lie in store, and what piece will humankind add to the grand design?

Czech Republic, Zlin | Thomas Bata University, Animation (MA)
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Visual Effects – Film of the Year – Runner Up
Accidents, Blunders and Calamities

A father possum reads his kids a story that’s an alphabet of the most dangerous animal of all – HUMANS!
Inspired by the Edward Gorey classic, this black-comedy for kids and parents alike is a hilarious and brutal alphabet of death and mayhem exacted upon animals by ignorant humans. 30 CGI animals were meticulously crafted and killed by a team of 44 students at Media Design School.

New Zealand, Auckland | Media Design School , 3D Animation & VFX
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Judges Comments

I loved Lunette for it’s overall tone and beauty. It’s not trying to be funny, overly dramatic, or technical. It embraces nature and gives the viewer such a good feeling throughout. The animations are full of subtle nuances that add to the charm. Phoebe’s love for nature shines throughout this entire piece. Loved it.
Steve Beran
Planet Unknown was an amazing near Pixar quality film. Loved it. I also really liked Lunette for it’s feel and story. SelfieCat was also very fun and playful.
Luis Cataldi
I found Loic Salan and his film “Eileen” very interesting in terms of Editing and Photography. The shots are really artistics, showing a real love for the composition and colours. Connor and Julia worked well on the composition with the music in each of their projects. I got a little preference for Connor due to his skills in transitions and editing.
Barbelet Benjamin
My favourite film, Accidents, Blunders and Calamities, was funny, inventive and charming. All the set pieces were nicely shot, the CG creatures well-integrated and the whole thing cut together with a good flow and rhythm that kept the film moving. The others, Ad Astra and OFF, were well-executed and kept me interested.
Anders Langlands