CANNES WINNERS - ANIMATIONS

Animations compete with live-action in Cannes and the kind of film preferred varies but below are some of the best animations of every sort.


Skhizein by Jérémy Clapin (2007) (France) (13m)

Having been struck by a 150-ton meteorite (and not an asteroid), Henry has to adapt to living precisely ninety-one centimeters away from himself. Even after watching this fantastic computer animation the premise remains hard to get your head around. But then I used to think dogs were small horses. Skhizein won Frenchman Jeremy Clapin the Kodak Short Film award at Cannes in 2008 and he is now working as an animator in France - mainly in advertising.

Skhizein

Ark

The Ark by Grzegorz Jonkajtys (2007) (Poland) (8m) *

Polish filmmaker Grzegorz Jonkajtys was nominated for the Palme d'Or in 2007 (but animations and live-action do compete for the same Golden Palme at Cannes) with this superbly finished computer animation. Ark (Arka) shows us a post-apocalyptic world in which one man is leading the survivors to salvation before the cruel twist is revealed (along with possibly the sexiest nurse in short film history).


Printed Rainbow

Printed Rainbow by Gitanjali Rao (2006) (India) (15m) *

Indian animator Gitanjali Rao won the Kodak Short Film Award, Small Golden Rail and the Young Critics Award with Printed Rainbow at Cannes in 2006. It is a beautiful and touching film that switches between drab and vivid colours as it tells the story of a lonely woman (and her cat) who lives in the dreary city but dreams of an exotic, Indian adventure when prompted by the pictures on matchboxes.


Gagarin by Alexij Kharitidi (1995) (Russia) (3m) *

Gagarin won the Palme d'Or in 1995 and was also nominated for a Best Short Animation Oscar in 1996. It is a very simple, short and sweet hand-drawn animation about a caterpillar yearning to fly like the butterflies and birds, but unable to do so. It is also a lesson on being careful what you wish for when he spies his chance! Gagarin was made by Russian Alexij Khartidi, who now lives in Canada and continues to animate, currently working for Little Animation, Inc.

Gagarin
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