The International Jury composed by Regina Pessoa (Portugal), Roberto Catani (Italy) and Eric Rittatore (Italy) has selected the following winners of the 18th edition of Imaginaria:
THE PHYSICS OF SORROW
by Theodore Ushev
(27′, Canada, 2019)
Motivation: Between novel and autobiography, a work that flows like an underground river, and which gradually reveals the author’s personal and very dense ‘tale of tales’. Individual and collective events, philosophical thoughts and history blend and re-shape each other, like colors and figures in the ancient and fascinating technique of encaustic, here perfectly functional to the language of animation.
EN RANG PAR DEUX
by Elisabetta Bosco, Margherita Giusti, Viola Mancini
(6’51 | Italy | 2020)
Motivation: For the delicacy, the grace, but also the rhythm and irony, with which NECESSARY and VERY UP-TO-DATE stories of immigration and the HOPE of freedom are told; for the immediacy and effectiveness of the graphic language and animation, also able to avoid the trap of a didactic mannerism.
The “Young Jury” composed by Chiara Iovane, Salvatore Leonida, Emmanuel Leserri, Afra Laviosa, Alessandro Natale Zupone, Maria Pia Mazzotta has selected the following winners of “Imaginaria Kids category”:
Best Animated Short Film For Kids
by Jose Prats e Alvaro Robles
(9’40 | France | 2020)
Motivation: We were very impressed by the plot of “Umbrellas”. We also appreciated the sweetness of the little girl’s father so much. It was beautiful and exciting to observe how he, with his “umbrella beard”, a brilliant idea, protected her from the pouring rain, her greatest fear. All this gives the protagonist the strength to go on a journey to face and defeat her fears, making her find even the beloved dog who has suddenly been lost.