Grand Prix HAFF Shorts
Emma de Swaef, Marc James Roels (Belgium, Netherlands, 2012)
Jury report: With cinemagraphe quality of film, Oh Willy...
presented very strong direction with a complete atmosphere and a strong sense of design.
Steven Subotnick (USA, 2011)
Jury report: We all felt that this work got under our skin in a way we can’t explain.
The film struck a rare harmonic between the visual, auditory and emotional elements.
Grand Prix HAFF Features
Tomás Luñák (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, 2011)
Jury report: The process was pleasurable and – in a way – less difficult than we may have imagined given the wonderful diversity of the films we have seen in the past days. Our choice for the Grand Prix was rather intuitive and miraculously anonymous – but a jury of course has to make the intuition explicit. We chose according to the following elements.
The film presents to us a near perfect match between visual style, narrative and – and this is what did it for us – an enticing historical setting. The film weaves together two crucial moments in twentieth century European history through immersing the viewer in the personal routine and trauma of an individual. The historical setting lends the melancholy black-and-white scenario – which is effectively mingled with real-life objects such as timetables and newspapers – a documentary feel, yet never interrupts the gripping story of the man, whose name symbolizes his initial state of mind. In German, this name is a palindrome: when read backwards it signifies life, and indeed, notwithstanding the initial sadness, the story turns towards a hopeful ending.
Grand Prix HAFF European Student Film
Julia Pott, Royal College of Art (United Kingdom, 2011)
Juryrapport: The first prize of the European student competition will be presented to an animator who’s animation is tender and disgusting at the same time. The jury felt there was a strong visual style present and a very different angle about telling stories. Most of all we think this animator has a lot of potential and we can’t wait to see more of her work! The winner of the first prize for the European student competition 2012 from the Holland Animation Film Festival is Julia Pott with her animation called Belly
Second Prize European Student Film
Joni Männistö, Turku Arts Academy (Finland, 2011)
Jury report: The second prize of the European student competition will be given to the animator who’s animation contains an almost simple but very well executed concept. It contains new ideas and the art image is very strong. Apart from this it is just a very cool movie. The second prize for the European student competition 2012 from the Holland Animation Film Festival goes to Joni Männistö with his animation called Swarming
Third Prize European Student Film
Immanuel Wagner, HSLU - Hogeschole Lucerne (Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts) (Switzerland, 2011)
Jury report: There is a clear reason for choosing this animation as the winner of the third prize of the European student competition . We think the animator made a very courageous and bold decision for sending in this clip. The winner of the third prize for the European student competition 2012 from the Holland Animation Film Festival is Immanuel Wagner with his animation Baka!!
1st Prize Competition Dutch Animation (Audience Award)
Boer Jansen (Farmer Jack)
Arjan Wilschut (Netherlands, 2012)
MovieSquad HAFF Award
Christobal de Oliveira (Netherlands, France, 2012)
Jury report: This is a film you have to experience for yourself. The film intrigued us from the beginning and was so powerful and compelling that during the film we were not aware of time. We found the change of style interesting and the development fascinating. The end of film is similar to the beginning, which makes it complete. This film touched us all in a personal way and all in all it’s a film we won’t easily forget.
, Ülo Pikkov (Estonia, 2011)
, Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roels (Belgium, Netherlands, 2012)
Earlier we announced the 1st Prize Competition HAFFTube
: Bugging the Bug
by Velislav Kazakov (Cuckoo Animation, Canada).
On April 1st the MovieSquad HAFF Junior was awarded to Prinz Ratte
, made by Albert Radl (Germany, 2011).