Dutch Shorts Awarded in Oberhausen
16 May 2019
Dutch short films Bloeistraat 11 and Young Hunters have won awards at the 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. The festival took place 1-6 May this year.
Bloeistraat 11, directed by Nienke Deutz, won the ECFA Short Film Award. The film is produced by Lunanime (BE&NL), and co-produced by Need Productions (BE), Beast Animation (BE) and Windmill Film (NL). Having built the sets and characters herself, Deutz's film uses a combination of 2D-animation and stop-motion techniques. In Bloeistraat 11, inseparable best friends spend their last summer holiday of childhood amusing themselves around the house. As summer progresses their bodies start to morph and shift, and an awkwardness descends on their friendship.
The jury awarded the short "for a sensitive portrayal of the fragility of even the strongest bonds of childhood, reflected through a brilliant combination of animation styles, inventive set design and captivating storytelling".
Prior to this award, Bloeistraat 11 already received prizes such as Best Animated Short Film at the Chicago International Film Festival (2018), Best Animated Short at the Denver International Film Festival (2018), and Best Short Film at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (2018).
The Promotional Award of the Children's Jury was given to Iris Grob's Young Hunters, produced by Hazazah Pictures. In this film protagonists Thies and Jorn grow up in a traditional hunters' family. Not everybody reacts well to the family's way of living, but is it not strange to condemn hunting if you actually like eating meat? The boys throw a barbeque for their friends to introduce their lifestyle.
The jury's statement on the film: "We especially liked our winning film because it explained so much. In the film we learned where our food comes from. Some scenes were a bit disgusting, but also super exciting. Furthermore, it was interesting to see the family in the movie".
For more information:
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen: www.kurzfilmtage.de