Festival Stop Motion Montréal 2021 Award Winners

Üks imeline mees (A Most Exquisite Man) by Jonas Taul

The 13th edition of Festival Stop Motion Montréal came to a close Sunday, September 19. The award winners in each of the short film competition categories were announced during a virtual awards ceremony that was streamed live from the festival’s Facebook page on Friday, September 17, with special awards announced September 19 during the live-streamed closing ceremony. This year, the jury of film industry professionals included filmmakers Birutė Sodeikaitė, Daniel Sterlin-Altman, and producer Melanie Jackson. Here are the award-winning films:

BEST YOUTH FILM

Fresh Breeze by Gabriella Coumau, Alyx Ecalle, Saliha Sittler and Constantin Rytz (France, 2021)

For its playful and entertaining story, creation of sweet comedic moments of a universal theme, loveable character design and atmosphere, as well as its catchy score.”

Two special mentions were given to Le Secret de Monsieur Nostoc by Maxime Marion and Patrice Seiler (France, 2021) and to Tulip by Andrea Love and Phoebe Wahl (United States, 2020).

BEST EMERGING TALENT FILM

Love is Just a Death Away by Bára Anna Stejskalová (Czech Republic, 2020)

For its heartfelt and surprising story that was both visceral and heartwarming, excellent editing and narrative structure, and for successfully making a vampire body-squatting maggot sweet and loveable.”

A special mention was given to O Black Hole! by Renee Zhan (United Kingdom, 2020).

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM

Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice by Zacharias Kunuk (Canada, 2021)

For its excellence and originality in techniques; light design, animation, sets, and camera. For its value in recording and representing oral histories in an intimate and compassionate manner, and the effective creation of an immersive world.”

A special mention was given to The Girl with the Rivet Gun by Danielle Ash, Anne De Mare and Kirsten Kelly (United States, 2020).

BEST PROFESSIONAL FILM

Üks imeline mees (A Most Exquisite Man) by Jonas Taul (Estonia, 2021)

For the outstanding technique and control of visuals, highly creative use of light and camera, and simple yet refined play of words to tell a story. A film that deserves to be watched again and again, it was something we had never seen before.

A special mention was given to I, Barnabé by Jean-François Lévesque (Canada, 2020).

PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD

Meow or Never by Neeraja Raj (United Kingdom, 2020)

NAD-UQAC SCHOOL SPECIAL PRIZE for a Canadian filmmaker

Bistro Girls by Jenna Marks (Canada, 2021)

A successful 13th edition

A total of 101 short films were presented during the 10 days of the festival. The organization’s very first free outdoor screening attracted more than 170 movie-goers. Three online networking sessions and three special events (round table, conference, Q&A) were offered to the public and to members of the industry. 82 filmmakers participated in this 13th edition, and 35 interviews were conducted with them by festival co-director Marie Valade which are available for viewing on the Festival’s Facebook page. The Festival team is pleased to highlight a significant increase in audience participation for this second virtual edition, with 230 passes sold this year, nearly twice the amount compared to 2020.

Thanks to the Festival’s partners

Festival Stop Motion Montréal is pleased to acknowledge the support and contribution of its sponsors, partners and collaborators and would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their support. Thanks to the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Telefilm Canada, CUPFA, TONIC DNA, See Learn Academy, NAD-UQAC School, e.d. Films and Sial for their financial support. Thanks to Métaux Solutions, Animation Toolkit, Dragonframe and Hotel Monville for services provided as well as to our media and cultural partners: Cinéma Public, Wapikoni, the Sémaphore, the Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette (MIAM), the Festival de Casteliers, Cinémania, the Ciné-motion Festival (France), Skwigly Magazine and animation-festivals•com.

About Festival Stop Motion Montréal

Festival Stop Motion Montréal is the first festival in the world devoted to the art of stop-motion animation. Each year, many screenings, conferences, workshops, and networking activities are offered to the public and to members of the animation industry. The organization’s mission is to provide a platform for artists and to promote local and international handmade cinema while contributing to the development of a worldwide stop-motion community.

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Information: www.stopmotionmontreal.com

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