For the second time the International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen hosted an ECFA jury to nominate one title from their exquisite young audience programme. The ECFA Award went to the Belgian short animation BLOEISTRAAT 11 by director Nienke Deutz.
In BLOEISTRAAT 11 two inseparable best friends spend their last summer holiday of childhood together. As summer progresses their bodies start to morph and an awkwardness descends on their friendship. Puberty seems determined to interrupt their bond, that once seemed unbreakable.
Members of the ECFA Jury (from left to right in the picture) Christian Exner (Germany), Christoffer Olofsson (Sweden) and Elisa Giovanelli (Italy) praised the winning film “for its 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. For clearly outlined, almost transparent characters and the illustration of intimate emotions and complex relationships, without shying away from the sharp and painful details and disturbing elements of coming-of-age experiences.”