During the lockdown period two Short Film Festivals showed the entrepreneurial spirit to hand out an ECFA Short Award in an online festival edition. This happened in Budapest (Cinemira) and Oberhausen (Internationale Kurzfilmtage). We thank both festivals for their persistence.
Winner of the Cinemira festival was KIPPKOPP IN THE SNOW, a Hungarian short by Szilvia Fabók & Tama Mikori, about the little chestnut kid Kipkopp going for a walk in a snow-covered meadow. When he finds a terrified little bird, he takes it home and tries to bring it back to life.
The ECFA Jury in Budapest were Michael Harbauer (Schlingel Festival), Felix Vanginderhuysen (General Secretary ECFA) and Jo-Anne Blouin (FIFEM, Montreal).
Winner in the Int’l Short Film Festival, Oberhausen was UN LYNX DANS LA VILLE, by French director Nina Bisiarina. A curious lynx is attracted by the lights of a nearby city. Playing around in the streets is fun, until he falls asleep in a parking lot. The ECFA Jury described the animation as “fresh, minimal and playful, with a particular emphasis on details, colour and design. Two worlds meet in a magical moment and diverge again peacefully… A film full of empathy and excitement, with a critical approach towards the ways of social media.”
The ECFA Jury in Oberhausen were Monica Koshka-Stein (Germany), Ivana Kvesic (Switzerland) and Jan-Willem Bult (the Netherlands).