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Historic animated film Lost Town of Switez (Poland) wins Animaevka-2013 Grand-Prix

The historic animated film Lost Town of Switez (Poland) wins the Grand-Prix of the 16th International Animated Film Festival Aminaevka-2013. The festival was held in Mogilev on September 16-18. A total of 194 animated films from 27 countries were presented at the festival; 71 of them competed for prizes.

The special prize Crystal Pencil in The best Film nomination was awarded to the Latvian film Hedgehogs in the city. As I served at a landlord (Belarus) won in the Best Experimental Film nomination. Kitten (Iran) received the diploma in the Best Director’s Solution nomination. The Hotan Carpet Tale (Russia) won the Audience Choice Award. Elena Petkevich’s Snow-White and Rose Red (Belarus) received the Master's Prize. The special prizes of the Festival were awarded to the animated films:

for unexpected embodiment of children’s dreams - to Yulia Aronova's (Russia) My Mum is an Airplane;

for convincing implementation of the Georgian fairy-tale - to Stepan Birjukov's (Russia) Black raven's gifts;

for figurative language in modern national folklore - to Boaster (Kazakhstan);

for unusual story about friendship - to Autumn directed by Bakhtier Kakharov (Tajikistan);

for witty debates on thirst - to Drought directed by Philip Janeg (Slovakia);

for creative minimalism - to Patakes (France);

for expressive puppet animation - to Les bessones del carrer de Ponent directed by Marc Riba ans Anna Solanas (Spain);

for a talented debut - to Belarusian producer Irina Tarasova's film;

for unexected final of a well-known fairy-tale - to Roly-Poly directed by Marina Karpova (Russia).

Two more Russian films were marked for poetry and brevity. I. Psonkin and A. Khachaturian's soap-opera (Russia) was awarded for cognitive interest; L. Nabels Mechanism (Egypt) - for successful graphic solution; V. Danilov's Primitive Dad (Russia) - for supporting technical progress; S. Melamud's At the girl's from Easter Island (Russia) - for artistic style; S. Dvoyak's Skeleton Girl (Russia) - for a great force of love; V. Shlychkov's Winter Came (Russia) - for artistic expression.

At has become a matter of tradition to award prizes to winners of children's decorative and applied arts contest My Favourite Cartoon during the festival's closing ceremony. More than 400 works from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Kyrgyzstan (for the first time) claimed participation in Aminaevka. Причем юные художники из последней страны приняли участие в конкурсе впервые. The jury were given a run for their money to choose the winners - 10 participants in decorative and applied arts category, and 9 - in graphic arts.

Diplomas were also awarded to young animators partaking in “I am not a magician yet, I am just learning…” contest. The children are finding their feet in directing animated films. And some of them were a success. The winners are: Because it is Winter by the Russian film studio Poisk; Green Farm by Vesnyanka film center (Ukraine); Steel by the Russian children’s animation studio Da; The Pursuit of Happiness by the animation studio Karandash (Mogilev, Belarus); Gahungo by the animation studio of Belgium and Tiger Heavy Eater by the animation creativity school Perspektiva (Yaroslavl, Russia). Special diplomas were received by: Nino Giunashvili (Miphazi-Film, Georgia) - for a complex of works; Vesnyanka film center (Ukraine) - for a variety of themes. Besides, Paper Dream (ARTIS-STUDIO, Moldova) received the special diploma For a good mood; You know how I love you (Sovionok animation studio, Russia) - for characters' charm; Fishing on the Moon (Orthodox boarding school, Russia) - for inventiveness; Intelligence Service (Djinn centre of creation, Russia) - for characters' inventiveness; The Crow's Day (MYNIKU animation association, Russia) - for following traditions; A Butterfly and a Snake (Phoenix animation studio, Russia) - for convincing fairy characters.

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