Viewster Online Film Fest 5: Animated Worlds has come to an end, and we’re excited to reveal a truly diverse set of winners to split the $50,000 in cash awards:
First place and the top prize of $30,000 was awarded to Ira Elshansky of Israel for Warm Snow, a surrealist claymation short about a father and daughter’s relationship, set in a domestic setting. Ira said about making her film:
“I’ve been working with clay since I was a child and for me it is the material where I can express myself the best. It is a very honest material and people have been using it for centuries. Warm Snow is a very personal movie. I’m sure many of us have this feeling of being not fair to our parents, and this was my way to apologise and to show them my love.”
Jury member Samantha Youseff said about winning film, that “… All of the jury loved it; it tells about the relationship between a father and daughter in a clear and honest context. We felt it spoke to the heart and the medium, and techniques were handled with beautiful craftsmanship.“
Second place and $15,000 was awarded to Mehdi Alibeygi of Iran for Changeover, a film about a bird on a badminton pitch that mistakes a shuttlecock for another bird – with a surprising twist at the end. Michael Schlingmann said about Changeover that “it is impeccably timed and beautifully animated.”
Kevin Parry, who was assistant animator on recent animated features The Boxtrolls and Justin Time, of Canada has won third place for The Arctic Circle, which is a stop-motion film about an Arctic inhabitant who is fascinated by the sudden appearance of a mysterious box. Yuri Lowenthal said about the film that “… It was whimsical, it was fantastical, and it showed us a little something about the human spirit.”
Watch out for announcements related to the next edition of Viewster Online Film Fest in the coming months. Till then, go re-watch your favorite #VOFF5 entries – they’ll be available on our website and apps until April 6.