Freitag’s flick steals Best Feature in Anim’est
by Toma Peiu
German director Hayo Freitag’s smart 2D fantasy feature The Three Robbers [+see also:
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The fiction film jury – Argentinean director Juan Pablo Zaramella, French film critic Francis Gavelle and Romanian director Matei Branea – had a hard time choosing the best of the five titles in the competition, which also featured 2008 Crystal Bear winner Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley and Goya Award nominee De profundis [+see also:
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The third Anim’est has seen the festival continue to grow in terms of audience and size, increasing to over 9,000 admissions, almost double compared to last year’s festival (5,000) and three times more than the 2006 edition.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton was the special guest at this year’s Anim’est and the screening of his latest feature, Idiots & Angels, left no sitting or standing room in the Scala theatre. Plympton also held a masterclass, following John Dillworth’s showy presentation focused on the way animation sets the subconscious free.
Besides the feature film competition, there were also other awards and mentions, including the traditional Audience Award (won by famed Israeli director Gil Alkabetz for his short A Sunny Day) and the Excellency Award, presented to Romanian veteran Ion Truica, a Palme d’Or nominee in 1976.
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