This year saw nominees compete for the Golden Gunnar in a total of five categories: best student film, best commissioned film, best children’s film, best short film, and for the first time this year: best feature film.
The job of selecting the winners of this year’s Golden Gunnar fell to our three juries, composed of a global team of industry professionals:
Best Student Film
Director: Sander Joon
Jury’s motivation: This wonderfully playful film oozes with humor, acute observations and great ideas. It displays a strong sense of timing, design and a seamless blend of techniques that impressed the jury. It’s a pleasure to watch and an outstanding film.
Best Commissioned Film
Belzebubs – Cathedrals of Mourning
Director: Samppa Kukkonen
Jury’s motivation: The process of choosing a winner was surprisingly easy. There was no doubt in our minds as there was one film that clearly stood out among the others. Technically wonderfully executed, stylish, appropriate, innovative, and humorous, the film was unanimously selected as this year’s winner.
Best Children’s Film
Director: Sergei Kibus
Rudy and the Lightning Monster
Director: Endre Skandfer
The children’s jury handed out the award for Best Children’s Film at a separate award ceremony at Fredrikstad Cinema earlier in the day.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Liftetime Achievement Award was given to Anna Tystad Aronsen during the opening ceremony on 24 October, in recognition of her long career within and dedication to Nordic animation.
Best Nordic-Baltic Short Film
Director: Robin Jensen
Jury’s motivation (they wrote a poem for the occasion): A film that made us smile. Not too much. Not too little. Just like a good kiss that makes you chuckle with bliss.
Origin of Man
Director: Pjotr Sapegin
Best Nordic-Baltic Feature Film
Director: Sofie Edvardsson
Jury’s motivation: The first film to win the Golden Gunnar in the new category of Best Animated Feature is a touching and intelligent movie with an original topic. It displays a lot of humor and tenderness, without resorting to clichés.
The story is told with minimalistic animation, but the rhythm and the amazing voice work makes it emotional and relatable. The movie very effectively makes us feel what the characters are going through. Many movies tell stories about someone who wants to leave small cities. This is a story about a boy who wants to stay.
We would love to see more films from these talented filmmakers!
Golden Gunnar Grand Prix
Director: Elli Vuorinen
Jury’s motivation: The winning film is in equal parts funny, sacral and contemplative. Dancing between modernity and history, it seems grounded in reality, yet not. We like its visual language, humor and delicacy. It leaves us with many questions, as this film has made us consider that there is life even within that which seems still.