For the awards, a pre-selection jury narrowed 486 entries to 41. Winners were chosen, not by the audience as in years past, but by a jury. Imagina's Grand Prix went to "Le Conte du Monde Flottant" (The Tale of the Floating World), directed by Alain Escalle of Mistral Film, which won over finalists Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Shrek. The jury also singled out three animated films, "Hubert's Brain" by Phil Robinson, "Super Furry Animals" by David and Laurent Nicolas, and "Hessi James" by Johannes Weiland, Martin Burkert, and Sven Pannicke. In addition, the jury handed out awards in several individual categories, with Best Animation going to Victor Vinyals of Virtual Effects in Spain for "Top Gum." -Barbara Robertson
For Le Conte du Monde Flottant, Imagina's Grand Prix winning film, director Alain Escalle combined live action with images and effects to create a surreal vision of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
This disturbing short film, in which a man and a woman with partially disintegrated faces become linked in an unusual way, tied for first place in the category "Schools and Universities." Harvey was created by Peter McDonald of the Australian Film TV and Radio School.
Hotel du Phare, a short animation created by Tugdual Birotheau of ENSAD (Paris, France), was one of two films that tied for first place in the category "Schools and Universities."
Imagina's prize for Best Animation went to the short animation Top Gum, a simple story well told, by Victor Vinyals of Virtual Effects S.L. in Barcelona, Spain.
At first glance, it looks like this short animated film might have won for best costume. Instead, Thunder Pig, by Ange Palethorpe of Loose Moose Ltd. (London), took the prize for Best Script.
Hessi James, the story of a dangerous cockroach and a little bug, directed and animated by Johannes Weiland of Filmakademie Baden-Wurttenberg (Germany), received a Grand Prix of the Jury.
For Imagina's Best European Production winner, Le Foto dello Scandalo, Diego Zuelli and Daniele Lunghini of Onda Onirica (Italy) used still frames from a 3D animation to follow an attempted murder in progress.
Hubert's Brain, the story of an imaginative child who doesn't fit in and a brain in search of a home, created by Phil Robinson of Wild Brain (San Francisco), won one of three special Grand Prix of the Jury awards.
Super Furry Animals, an animation by Nicolas and David Laurent for the song "It's not the end of the world," won a Grand Prix of the Jury.