ANIMA MUNDI ANNOUNCES PRIZES ELECTED BY THE POPULAR JURY AT THE END OF THE FESTIVAL, IN SÃO PAULO”
The Breadwinner” and “Tito e os Pássaros” were elected Best Feature and Best Children’s Feature in 2018’s edition
The 26Thedition of Anima Mundi has just ended in Brazil. Over the course of 14 days, about 40 thousand people passed through Anima Mundi in the capitals of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Directors Aída Queiroz, Cesar Coelho, Léa Zagury and Marcos Magalhães announced the winners elected in all categories. The featured films were awarded by the average vote of the audiences of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with a unique award for each category: Best Children’s Feature and Best Feature.
The Best Feature Prize went to “The Breadwinner”. The film is a co-production between Canada, Ireland and Luxembourg, directed by Nora Twomey and has screenplay by Anita Doron. The production is about the story of Parvana, a young girl living in an Afghanistan ruled by Taliban forces. When her father is unjustly taken to prision, she must disguise herself as a boy to work and provide for her family’s livelihood.
“Tito e os Pássaros”, a Brazilian film directed by Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar and André Catoso Dias, was elected Best Children’s Feature. In the movie, the boy Tito is responsible, along with his father, for finding the cure for an illness that is contracted after the person takes a fright.
Anima Mundi Grand Prize winner is the animated short film “Animal Behavior”, directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine (Canada). Since 2012, the animated short film winner of Anima Mundi is automatically enrolled by the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to compete for an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film in the following year.
The agenda of this edition brought together features and short films for adults, young people and children of all ages, as well as debates with renowned international guests, video clip shows, TV series, exhibitions, games, 360° virtual reality content and workshops. After gathering more than 30,000 people in Rio between July 21st and 29th, the festival brought to São Paulo, from August 1st to 5th, exclusive attractions such as the master class of Kevin O’Brien, known for his work as a storyboard artist in “The Simpsons” and “The Ice Age” (Blue Sky). Kevin works for Pixar, where he’s been for the past 18 years, and was part of the team of “The Incredibles 1 and 2”, “Cars” and “Wall-E”, among others.
The Anima Mundi Festival is presented by Ministério da Cultura, Secretaria de Estado da Cultura do Rio de Janeiro, Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Secretaria Municipal de Cultura and Petrobras. The event has silver sponsorship by Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and bronze sponsorship by BNDES, Ambev, Apex and Oi. The sponsors are: LiQ, Spcine Circuit – São Paulo Cultural Center, São Paulo City Hall, Rio Filme, Rio Government of January, Secretary of Culture and Firjan. In addition to the sponsors, the event has institutional support from the following partners: Odeon Institute, Centro Cultural Correios, Casa França – Brasil, Centro Cultural São Paulo, Memorial of Latin America and Jleiva Cultura & Esporte. SEBRAE is as business partner and the event has also support of Faber Castell.
ANIMA MUNDI AWARD 2018
SHORT FILMS – PROFESSIONAL JURY
- Anima Mundi Grand Prize ($ 15,000) – Animal Behavior, by Alison Snowden and David Fine (Canada)
- Best Screenplay (R$ 4,000) – Weekends, by Trevor Jimenez (United States)
- Best Sound Design (R$ 4,000) – Island, by Max Mortl and Robert Lobel (Germany)
- Best Art Direction (R$ 4,000) – Agouro, by David Doutel and Vasco Sá (Portugal-França)
- Best Animation Technique (R$ 4,000) – Augenblicke, from Kiana Naghshineh (Germany)
- Best Picture of Gallery Session (R$ 4,000) – Grandes Canons, by Alain Biet (France)
- Best Film of Portfolio Session (R$ 4,000) – Everything in Black & White, by Mateus de Paula Santos and Fábio Acorsi (Brazil)
SHORT FILMS- POPULAR JURY
Elected by the public of the festival by direct vote, with separate prizes for Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
- Best Short ($ 10,000) – “Happiness” by Steve Cutts (UK);
- Best Brazilian Short Film (R $ 8,000) – “Man in the Box” by Ale Borges, Alvaro Furloni and Guilherme Gehr (Brazil);