Comments on the competition result by Masao Maruyama, Chairperson of the Jury

I was very impressed with how freely each animation is expressed. Many of them develop very challenging and innovative images in the beautiful and attractive world.
I am very glad and honored to be able to choose some award-winning films which can develop to the world from here in Hiroshima.

Grand Prize
The Blissful Accidental Death



・Directed by: Sergiu Negulici (Reniform Production)

・Produced by: Adriana Ionica (Reniform Production)

[ Comments on Awarding ] Comment: It is unique and unbelievable film, which in the beginning is like a clumsy dream. But after short and painful discussion we all loved it! We never in our life forgot the film that started in a dusty antique shop and after a mad and heart-breaking journey through surrealism and dada ended up as super-touching love story. Yes, it is the best!
Hiroshima Prize



・Directed by: Judit Wunder (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest)

・Produced by: József Fülöp (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest)

・Distributed by: Katalin Vajda (Hungarian National Film Fund)

© Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest

[ Comments on Awarding ] A large black shadowy character of a cat animates into negative-positive shapes and creates sensuous feelings of physical love and longing. Truly well designed, well structured and beautifully animated first student film. A very impressive and promising film and filmmaker.
Debut Prize



・Directed by: Romain Garcia, Kevin Tarpinian, Thomas Lopez-Massy, Avril Hug, Lauren Madec

・Produced by: Julien Deparis(MoPA)

・Distributed by: Luce Grosjean(Miyu Distribution)

[ Comments on Awarding ] The last sip of champagne should make the last moment of life wonderful. Never mind the south wind! For the last wonderful moment, cheers!
Renzo Kinoshita Prize
The Ogre



・Directed by: Laurène Braibant (Papy3D Productions)

・Produced/Distributed by: Richard Van den Boom (Papy3D Productions)

[ Comments on Awarding ] I was impressed with the design, form and movement. Keeping on moving seamlessly. This is the animation. I assure myself that this is worthy of being awarded the Renzo Kinoshita Prize, which is for promising creators.
Audience Prize



・Directed by: Britt Raes

・Produced by: Creative Conspiracy

・Distributed by: Luce Grosjean(Miyu Distribution)

This prize is given to the most popular work voted by the audience.
Special International Jury Prize
XOXO hugs and kisses



・Directed by: Wiola Sowa (Sowa Film)

・Produced by: Robert Sowa(Sowa Film)

・Distributed by: Marta Świątek(Krakow Film Foundation)

© Sowa Film

[ Comments on Awarding ] In this film, the three people in a love-triangle found the way to maintain stirring and flexible love.



・Directed by: Antonis Ntoussias, Aris Fatouros

・Produced by: Michael Sarantinos(STEFICON)

・Distributed by: Vassilis Konstandopoulos(STEFICON)


It just is the greatest firework of surrealism! Bravo!
The Pocket Man



・Directed by: Ana Chubinidze

・Produced by: Corinne Destombes(Folimage)

© Folimage

[ Comments on Awarding ] The film makes us feel how cute and fun animation is. Thank you for this simple film.
Golden Oldies


Country:The Netherlands

・Directed/Produced by: Daan Velsink (Frame Order), Joost Lieuwma(Frame Order)

・Produced by: Joost Lieuwma , Daan Velsink

・Distributed by: Daan Velsink (Frame Order)

[ Comments on Awarding ] This film showing us, what years could do with people – and people with years! Elvis is not dead. He just smells bad! Viva Rock’n Roll!
The Lost Garden



・Directed by: Natalia Chernysheva

・Produced by: tant mieux prod

・Distributed by: Autour de Minuit

© Tant Mieux Prod 2018

[ Comments on Awarding ] For the wonderful artistic expression of a poem through an animation.


Country:Portugal / France

・Directed by: Mónica Santos, Alice Guimarães

・Produced by: Nuno Amorim(ANIMAIS AVPL), Vanessa Ventura(ANIMAIS AVPL), Jean-François Le Corre(VIVEMENT LUNDI!), Mathieu Courtois(VIVEMENT LUNDII), Pedro Medeiros(UM SEGUNDO FILMES)

・Distributed by: Salette Ramalho(AGENCIA-Portuguese Short Film Agency)

[ Comments on Awarding ] The cinematic arrangement and the remarkable set design works beautifully. The mood of the film noir “in an animated world” suggesting a strong message.



・Directed by: Chintis Lundgren (National Film Board of Canada)

・Produced by: Jelena Popovic (National Film Board of Canada), Draško Ivezić (Adriatic Animation), Chintis Lundgren (Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio)

・Distributed by: (excluding Europe) Nathalie Bourdon (National Film Board of Canada)

© National Film Board of Canada

[ Comments on Awarding ] Manivald explores the mundane and routine life of a fox. The interdependency collapses when the routine is turned turns into upside down by a foxy outsider. Use of simple character design and movement makes us wonder what will happen next. The filmmaker throws a wrench in this early slow moving film into exciting twist – a clever twist indeed.
Special Prize



・Directed by: Torill Kove (National Film Board of Canada)

・Produced by: Lise Fearnley (Mikrofilm AS), Tonje Skar Reiersen (Mikrofilm AS), Michael Fukushima (National Film Board of Canada)

・Distributed by: Nathalie Bourdon (National Film Board of Canada)

© National Film Board of Canada

[ Comments on Awarding ] Beautiful in its simplicity both in character design and animation “Threads” explores an enduring bond that unites mother and child over a lifetime of love, learning and willing to let go into another parameter. Simple but incredibly powerful film.



・Directed by: Britt Raes

・Produced by: Creative Conspiracy

・Distributed by: Luce Grosjean(Miyu Distribution)

[ Comments on Awarding ] Characters’ simple and beautiful movement, and the high-level quality are exceptional. This is the film worthy of the special prize.
Hate for Sale


Country:The Netherlands

・Directed/Produced by: Anna Eijsbouts

・Distributed by: Ursula van den Heuvel(KLIK Distribution)

© Anna Eijsbouts

[ Comments on Awarding ] The adaptation of a poem, beautifully animated, about consuming hate and devouring emotion.
Please Frog, just one sip


Country:South Africa

・Directed by: Diek Grobler(Fopspeen Moving Pictures)

・Produced by: Fopspeen Moving Pictures

© Fopspeen Moving Pictuires

[ Comments on Awarding ] For the funny animation suggesting a message of “Don’t drink it all by yourself, or you will regret it”



・Directed by: Veljko Popovic(Lemonade 3D / Krupni kadar)

・Produced by: Milivoj Popovic(Lemonade 3D / Krupni kadar), Veljko Popovic(Lemonade 3D/ Krupni kadar), Patrick Hernandez(Bagan Films), Lado Skorin(3D2D Animatori)

・Distributed by: Vanja Andrijevic(Bonobostudio)

© Lemonade3D, Bagan Films

[ Comments on Awarding ] If in the same film I can see ultra-fast cyclists, gorgeous asses and half-naked captains- It’s done! I am giving a prize.
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