Above: LIFE WITH HERMAN H. ROTT
Thanks to all who came out to our sold-out screening of the 2015 TAIS ANIMATION SHOWCASE – it was a packed house and we were so happy to be able to share all these wonderful films with you. The following films emerged as the Jury and Audience favourites of the night, each of whom were awarded with certificates as well as prizes form sponsors including TIFF, Mercatto Trattoria, Silver Snail comics, Spectacular Optical Publications and Pix Film Productions.
Jury Award for Best Short Film: COSMOETICO (Martina Scarpelli, Italy)
Jury Award for Best Anijam: Michael Enzbrunner (Toronto, CAN)
Audience Award for Best Short Film: LIFE WITH HERMAN H. ROTT (Chintis Lundgren, Estonia/Croatia/Denmark)
Audience Award for Best Anijam: Paul Scott (Toronto, CAN)
ABOUT THE JURY:
Philippe Blanchard is a Toronto-based artist, animator and teacher. His diverse creative background (film production, digital visual effects, studio arts) has informed an interdisciplinary practice combining animation, installation, light shows, drawing, painting and printmaking. Philippe Blanchard’s animation work has been shown at Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), Pop Montreal Festival, Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), The Kitchen (New York), RISD (Providence RI), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC), LACMA (Los Angeles), San Francisco Art Institute, Cal Arts (Valencia, CA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Impakt Festival (Utrecht NL), Center for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), the Power Plant, the Ottawa Art Gallery, InterAccess, Angell Gallery and AGYU.
Susan Justin is a designer, illustrator, and filmmaker. Her first animated film Listen garnered numerous awards and toured the world including The Canadian Worldwide Short Film Festival, Women’s Film Festival China, and the Brussels Gay and Lesbian film festival. Thanks to Canadian Arts Councils she has made two more experimental films utilizing tools from 35mm film to digital. When not locked in the commercial world of pixel pushing, she pursues time spent with traditional drawing implements, cameras and meaningful story-telling. She is always working on a story.
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