And the Golden Gunnar goes to….
On the third day of Fredrikstad Animation Festival we are very happy to announce the winners of the Golden Gunnar Award 2017.
We can never know the loneliness of a fish, but thanks to animation a fish can sing out its deep longings. It can also, like in this glorious musical, point to the ridiculousness in ourselves.
This film is very alive, atmospheric and vibrant thanks to the tactile quality of the singing and dancing animals, the well-crafted, solid world they inhabit, the beautiful music, and the deliberate rhythm. The uncanny eyes of the fishes not only look at you, they touch you. And the furry monkeys could, if they wanted to, jump out of the frame, toward us, and pull a real prank.
In its musical form, this film finds an excellent balance between pulling us into a tragic world and humorously distancing us from this world. The last tracking shot summarizes this quality, slowly moving us into the universe while allowing us to empathize with the strange creatures in this marketplace without customers.
The Grand Prix goes to THE BURDEN by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
HONORABLE MENTION SHORT FILM
The film’s aesthetic is as stern and cold as the crows. Its point of view keeps us without a view. Nothing happens. Maybe the film is in the same family as Hitchcock, not mainly because of its birds, but because of the ways in which it plays with our gaze and thematizes voyerism and many other things connected with seeing and sights, so important in cinema. It’s a film that in a sense seems to ridicule us as viewers.
Because this is done in a great manner, we would like to give an honorable mention to NOTHING HAPPENS by Uri and Michelle Kranot.
BEST SHORT FILM
The winner of this category showed us a unique take on dealing with grief and loss. Set in an epicly sculpted world, we were given glimpse into an exciting alternate reality that we fully believed in and wanted to be part of. A damn fine example of interesting film making.
The prize for Best Short Film goes to AMALIMBO by Juan Pablo Libossart.
HONORABLE MENTION STUDENT FILM
This film was so close to winning the student award, and was a personal favorite of one of our jury members. In under 5 minutes we are presented with birth, death, and that awkward bit in between the two. The disturbing character design and sinister timing left us in a state of existential despair, that lingered in the back of our minds the entire festival. Life is weird, and so is this film. We believe it fully deserves the honorable mention in this category.
The honorable mention goes to CREAM by Lena Ólafsdottir
BEST STUDENT FILM
It is daring, in a way, to emphasize stillness and inaction in an animation film. Giving us three views at once, extending the conventional image into three zones of unrest, the film uses a split-screen technique to guide our attention to what we might call empty spaces, as well as to a lonely human figure trapped in a pattern of inactivity.
The familiar apartment rooms, devoid of any meaningful activity, is filled with tension and reeks of a creepy sadness. The violent and mysterious ending powerfully contrasts with the quiet tone of the rest of the film. At the same time, it feels like a natural conclusion to the sense of creeping doom that runs throughout the film.
The style of the stop motion creates a sense of stop in motion, and the title recalls a formulation from Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphos, evoking the draining routine of days passing by – passing by “like a pack of cigarettes you’d smoke”, to quote Robert Mitchum in Out of the Past.
We want to honor this film for its compositional accomplishments, its well-founded structure, its firmness of direction, its interesting perspective on time, and its emotional individuality.
The winner of Best Student Film is MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY by Riina Vilén.
HONORABLE MENTION BEST CHILDREN’S FILM
Well made with fun conversation.
The silver medal goes to THE WORLDS MIDDELEST FISH by Cathinka Tanberg.
BEST CHILDREN’S FILM
Fun and nice story. The film has a good length with many cool things. We had time to understand the clever plan of sending grandmother and little brother to the moon. And the colours were nice.
The winner of Best Children’s Film is PIGTAIL AND MR: SLEEPLESSNESS by Edmunds Jansons.
HONORABLE MENTION COMMISSIONED FILM
The film successfully uses animation to visualize real inner struggles in a way that would be difficult to do in any other medium.
Honorable mention goes to THE VOICES by Julian Vargas & Gunhild Asting.
BEST COMMISSIONED FILM
A film that dares to touch an important and fragile topic – done in an extremely moving and respectful way. The use of metaphors combined with music makes it feel light despite the seriousness of the topic and gives you goosebumps as you feel the connection to both the victim and the helper.
The winner of best Commissioned Film is THE BOY WHO FELL AND THE MAN WHO PICKED HIM UP by Hanne Berkaak.
The Audience Award goes to the audiences voted favorite.
The winner of the Audience Award is THE BURDEN.