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Find the 39th ANIMA Brussel festival prizewinners, with a Grand Prix to Purpleboy by Alexandre Siqueira.

The 39th ANIMA, the Brussels International Animation Film Festival, came to a close on Sunday evening in Flagey's Studio 4.

The international jury – made up of Jonathan Hodgson, Sébastien Laudenbach and Karolina Specht - decided to reward Alexandre Siqueira’s short film Purpleboy, with the Anima 2020 Grand Prix, along with a prize of 2,500 euros given by the Région de Bruxelles-Capitale.

Oscar is a child germinating in its parent's garden. Its body is developping underground. Nobody knows its biological sex but he wants to be a boy. One day, Oscar gets out of the ground and discovers his female body. After this painful discovery, is his desired identity finally going to be accepted?

The jury also awarded its special prize to Luca Tóth for the film Mr. Mare and gave the Creative Revelation prize, offered by the Korean Cultural Centre for the best student short film, to Sh_t Happens by David Stumpf and Michaela Mihalyi.

The last international prize, this time from the junior jury, made up of representatives from the webtv Ceci n’est pas un Buzz, chose Carol Freeman’s The Bird and the Whale as their best short film for a young audience.

The national competition jury  – made up of Juan Antin, Alex Dudok de Wit and Sarah Van Den Boom – awarded the prize for best Belgian short film, offered by the Sabam, to the animation documentary On n’est pas près d’être des super héros by Lia Bertels

It takes time to grow up. And sometimes you even wonder if it’s really worth it… Then the children move slowly, at their own pace, the time to tame the world that awaits them. On the way, they ask questions and invent answers using their overflowing imagination.

The Federation Wallonia-Brussels Grand Prix for best film went to Saigon sur Marne by Aude Ha Leplège.

The short Hello, Are We in the Show? (Simona Denicolai, Ivo Provoost) won the SACD prize, and the best Belgian student short film prize, offered by Amplo, went to Gaspar Chabaud for Tête de linotte !

A child confronted with a math's problem and his own problems of concentration, accompanied by a mother who is slowly but surely losing patience.



The VR competition jury  – made up of Victor Lecomte, Elisabeth Meur-Poniris and Leen Segers – chose Songbird by Lucy Greenwell, Michelle and Uri Kranot, as best virtual reality short.

The public chose to reward the Estonian animation feature Old Man Cartoon Movie by Oskar Lehemaa and Mikk Mägi as best feature film

Forced to look after his grandchildren, a grandfather overwhelms them with thankless tasks on his farm. The kids accidentally let out the grandfather's cow that needs to be milked quickly or else its udder is likely to spectacularly explode…unless the mysterious Milk Man kills it before! Watch out!... This is a blast!

Physique de la Tristesse by Theodore Ushev was chosen best short film from the audience.. The young spectators voted for the feature SamSam by Tanguy De Kermel and the short L’Odyssée de Choum by Julien Bisaro to take away the prizes. Wild West Compressed by Christian Kaufmann won the vote for the best (and craziest!) Animated Night short.

Full List of Anima Festival 2020 Winners

International competition / Jury Awards

Grand Prix Anima 2020 for Best International Short Film (2.500€ provided by the Brussels-Capital Region): Purpleboy, Alexandre Siqueira, France / Belgium / Portugal Bando à Parte, Rainbox Productions
Creative Revelation Award for Best Student Short Film (2.500 € provided by the Korean Cultural Centre): Sh_t Happens, David Stumpf, Michaela Mihalyi, Czech Republic
Special Mention: A l'Ouest, Jérémie Cousin, France
Special jury awards: Mr. Mare, Luca Tóth, Hungary
Special Mention: Physique de la Tristesse, Theodore Ushev, Canada
Special mention: Mon Juke-box, Florentine Grelier, France

VR Jury Award:

Best VR Short Film Award: Songbird, Lucy Greenwell, Michelle & Uri Kranot, Denmark / United Kingdom
Special Mention: Glad That I Came...Not Sorry to Depart, Azam Masoumzadeh, BelgiumYouth jury Award (Ceci n’est pas un Buzz): Award for Best Short Film for Children (1.000€): The Bird and the Whale, Carol Freeman, Ireland
Special mention: Smile, Alicia Leggiadro, United States of American

Audience Awards

Audience Award for Best Animated Feature: Old Man Cartoon Movie, Oskar Lehemaa, Mikk Mägi, Estonia
Audience Award for Best Animated Feature for Children:SamSam, Tanguy De Kermel, Belgium / France
Audience Award for Best Short Film: Physique de la tristesse, Theodore Ushev, Canada
Audience Award for Best VR Short Film: Gloomy Eyes, Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado, Argentine / France
Audience Award for Best Short Film for Children: L’Odyssée de Choum, Julien Bisaro, Belgium / Franc

Animation Night Audience Award for Best Short Film: Wild West Compressed, Christian Kaufmann, Allemagne

Partner Awards

BeTV Award for Best Animated Feature of the official selection (3.500€ for acquisition of broadcasting rights): L’Extraordinaire Voyage de Marona, Anca Damian, Romania / France / Belgium
Press Award for Best Short Film (UPCB and UCC): Physique de la tristesse, Theodore Ushev, Canada

National competition / Jury awards

Award for Best Belgian Short Film (2.500 € provided by Sabam): On n'est pas près d'être des super héros, Lia Bertels, Belgium / France / PortugalGrand Prix for Best Short of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (2.500 € provided by the Fédération Wallonie -Bruxelles ):Saigon sur Marne , Aude Ha Leplège, Belgium / France
Author Award provided by SACD (2.500 €): Hello, Are We in the Show ? Simona Denicolai, Ivo Provoost, Belgium
Award for Best Belgian Student Short Film (1.000€ provided by Amplo) : Tête de linotte ! Gaspar Chabaud, Belgium

Partner Awards

BeTV Award(acquisition of broadcasting rights): Un Eldorado, Nicolas Gemoets, Belgium
RTBF – La Trois Award (acquisition of broadcasting rights): Tête de linotte ! Gaspar Chabaud, Belgium
Cinergie Award (Electronic Press Kit) :Tête de linotte !, Gaspar Chabaud, Belgium

The 40th Anima Festival will take place from 12 to 21 February 2021, in Brussels.

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