PHOTO FROM THE FESTIVAL
WINNERS OF THE FESTIVAL
BEST SHORT ANIMATION MOVIE AWARD
by Pascale Hecquet
(Belgium - France 2011)
This film has been given the best short animation film prize for its inspired and original combination of music, rhythm and dance, and also for the symbolic value of the light/shadow dualism, solved with an alliance rather than with a conflict, and expressively rendered through the use of black and white. The minimalistic style of the film endows it with refreshing expressiveness, depicted with simple but strong graphic images and an excellent choreography.
SHORT ANIMATION MOVIE MENTION
by Bastiaan Schravendeel
The jury awards BLIK with a special mention for the expressive strength of the design and editing which tells the universal story of first love. 'Faceless' characters with an excellent use of body language allow viewers to easily understand and recognize the characters and their emotions: the meeting, the discovery, jealousy and a separation.
SHORT ANIMATION MOVIE MENTION
by Grant Orchard
A special mention from the jury goes to A morning stroll, which, in three different episodes, solves a story in an intelligent and effective way through the use of three animation techniques, each of which is representative of the depicted age. The mystery of the chicken and the door is revealed in a simple stroke which sums up the various epochs and styles and brings a nice "time-lapse" close to the narrative plot.
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT MOVIE AWARD
by Piotr Subbotko
For the originality of this story where the protagonist has to act like an adult but can not help being a boy. For the ability to describe all the characters just by few, effective strokes. For the narrative pace, always in the service of the story and feelings without self-complacency.
Letter of thanks from the director:
First of all I’d like to say thank you for selecting my film and screening at your wonderful festival, in such a magical place! There is something mystical there, I mean this screen surrounded by old walls of the castle. Each movie is a dream. I believe that in such a special place we can dream it intensively. Thank you the jury for this prize, it's great honour for me, and many thanks to the audience for the possibility to be with you through my film. Unfortunately I’m not able to be here in person because of my work. I really hope to be at the Euganea Film Festival with my new film. I wish you a wonderful evening.
Thanks and good luck.
INTERNATIONAL SHORT MOVIE MENTION
by Daniel Metge
For the ability to express sensitively and carefully such a complex matter; for the naturalness of the two protagonists; for an ending that brings back the heart of the plot: the telling of a lovestory.
INTERNATIONAL SHORT MOVIE MENTION
by Giampietro Balia
BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD
by Magdalena Pieta
Chess as war. Magdalena Pieta takes us by the hand and leads us gently to the discovery of the Autonomous Republic of Kalmykia in the Russian Federation: its rules, its atrocities and its melancholic outlook. With a great narrative intuition, she portraits the people in the story as if coming from a different planet, in which the absurd language of propaganda lives side by side with the war, the strife for freedom and safety, the involuntary ability to infuse life and emotion despite the forced rationalization. She whispers in our ears the painful dream of an impossible childhood in a world of adults forever-at-war. Even when playing.
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY MENTION
by Maximilian Haslberger
Special Mention to The Last Chapter by Maximilian Halsberger for the courage and the non-religious sensitivity with which he manages to explore the concept of the extreme border of existence, giving voice and images to the inexpressible human condition in sickness. A merciless and moving portrait of the ending point of a life.
VENETO MOVIE MOVEMENT AWARD
by Franco Basaglia
EUGANEAN HILLS AWARD
by Michele Trentini
CINEMAMBULANTE SPECIAL AWARD
by Luca Pastore
The eleventh edition presents many new initiatives and strong bonds with to the territory that hosts it. A film festival open to the innovative languages of documentary and short film. An wide-open window on what is going on in Italy and the World, and on the new trends of a constantly evolving language. This year we have decided to structure the festival starting from the genres that characterized the past ten years: Animation, Short film and Documentary. This is how Euganea Comics & Animations and Euganea Doc were born, accompanied by special evenings devoted entirely to short films.
In addition to the Competition sections - Animation, Documentary and Short Film – we have added the Euganean Hills Park Award, dedicated to works that address environmental issues, and the Veneto Movie Movement, dedicated to the movies of our Region. Finally, in collaboration with Antica Trattoria Ballotta Torreglia, an author from Veneto will receive the 4 th Gamba Award - Creativity and Territory to Natalino Balasso, that the opportunity will present some of his famous videos made for the web.
During the screenings the authors will be will be present as guests of the Festival as for the past years. We won’t miss Cinemambulante, the section that probably more than others has characterized the last editions of the festival. The van equipped for the projections is about to leave; destination:villas, castles and parks of the Euganean Hills, from the most distant village and smaller communities, each one is invited to meet again in front of the screen. This year it will stop at Passo Fiorine, on the Mount of Teolo, Castle Catajo, Battaglia Terme and Parco delle Ginestre, Baone.
According to the usual tradition, the projections will be acompanied by some special events, this year devoted entirely to the cinema: Sunday, July 8th in Piazza Maggiore, Este, screening of Pirates! Grub Street brigands, latest work by Peter Lord of Aardman animations, Friday, July 13 at Parco delle Fiorine Teolo homage to Piero Tortolina with Detour, movie by Edgar J. Ulmer, a masterpiece of '40s noir on the roads of the United States of America. Finally Friday, July 20 at the Castle of Monselice the screening of Io sono Li by Andrea Segre, in competition at last year's Venice Film Festival, the first known documentary film shot entirely in Chioggia.