Toronto Animated Image Society is thrilled to announce the award winners from the 14th Annual Animation Showcase for the TAIS Showcase Jury Awards – Grand Prize and Best Anijam!

This year, due to Covid-19 TAIS presented the 14th annual TAIS Animation Showcase and Anijam competition (10-second long micro animations) online from July 10-16th. 
From the programme featuring 16 short animated film finalists and 37 (!!!THE MOST EVER) Anijam entries, TAIS Guest Jury comprised of Geneviève Wallen, Nienke Deutz and Thịnh Nguyễnselected the winners for the Jury Awards for 2020.



In Her Boots
Kathrin Steinbacher, Austria







Hedi is experiencing strange things. While her granddaughter is visiting, she suddenly embarks on a hiking journey, to the deepest parts of the Alps, revealing the reason for her devoted attachment to her hiking shoes. A story about Heidi’s attempt to retain her identity and autonomy.

Kathrin Steinbacher (born in Schwarzach i. P.) is an Austrian animation director and Illustrator who finds depth in the vast variety of people, opinions and cultures by using narrative and documentary aspects as an essential component throughout her work, exploring it through different forms and mediums. During her years of experimentation her preferred way of telling stories has fallen on animation and narrative illustration. Motivated by discussing difficult topics and raising awareness, she often uses observation to draw, and later bring it to life, by having a strong focus on design and characters. Her narratives are often inspired by personal experiences. Kathrin graduated with first class honours in Illustration Animation (BA) at Kingston University in London in 2017 and in Animation (MA) at the Royal College of Art in 2019. Her films “The Woman Who Turns Into A Castle “Freedom” have been screened at International Festival around the world.

Comment from the Jury:

The animation In Her Boots moved the jury for its compassionate portrayal of Alzheimer’s and its stunning visual qualities.  As viewers, we witness the realities of the one who is affected by the condition and their caretaker. The everyday vacillates between being comedic and troubling as the grand-mothers psychosis state increases, which creates a profound narrative that is bitter-sweet. The present and the past collide, transporting the audience at the heart of the main characters inner journeys.



Lisa Fukaya, Tokyo, Denmark







MIMI has a pimple for the first time. She is afraid of being different from other girls and is uncomfortable around those who are different from herself. Because of this, she begins to mimic other girls around her.

Lisa Fukaya is an Animation Artist based in Tokyo.
Graduated from the Musashino Art University in Tokyo, where she studied Stage and Performance design. She has previously worked at a music video studio as Assistant Director. She has also been freelancing as a graphics designer.

Comment from the Jury:

The jury enjoyed this beautifully crafted animation and relatable tale of teenagehood.  The protagonist’s concerns with the pressure of fitting in are exacerbating with the apparition of a pimple multiplying with her growing social anxieties. The viewer is invited to reflect upon the expectations and imposed societal standards that regulate their lives, especially when identifying as a girl/woman. Despite the animator’s use of pastel colour schemes and soft organic forms, the violence of conformity is palpable.



The Showcase Jury’s pick for Best Anijam is awarded a cash prize and in-kind studio use (or equipment if we are still in the midst of pandemic) toward the production of a short animated project for presentation at TAIS Showcase in 2021.

Katie Finn

Comment from the Jury:
The jury selected Leech by Katie Finn. Leech presented a carefully threaded narrative in a matter of seconds. The story arch and animation were compelling while effectively guiding the audience in the depth of night terrors.

TAIS’ Night Visions Anjiam 2020

With 37 entries in 2020, these ghostly 10 second animations feature all sorts of things that go bump in the night.

The 2020 Showcase is presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.


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