The Critics’ Choice award is given to the animation that receives the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories. This season's winner is from student animator Michelle Cheng, and was created in her first year at California Institute of the Arts. It is the story of a boy forced to confront his fear of the dark.
Our tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critic's Choice. For 2020, it's an animation from the student category — A man who feels like he has lost all reason to live. As he stands on the precipice of life and death, he faces an unexpected situation that may just save his life.
In the middle of the night… Sarah wakes up as she wants to go to the bathroom. This is an adventure story familiar to all of us, to overcome your fear of the dark when nature calls!
Mimi Says No
Mimi’s mother wants to help Mimi navigate various life situations, but Mimi insists on doing everything herself. It conveys momentary beauty, warmth and thought through a simple story. Finally, because the titular tag line is expressed solely from the child’s standpoint, it abounds with childlike charm and righteousness!
Gustavo J. Agosto Laureano.
A happy family is struck by tragedy. A mother struggles to reach out to her son as he grieves their loss, until an encounter with a new friend changes his life and helps him overcome his sorrow.
Stray Cat Ah Q
The Critics’ Choice award is given to the animation that receives the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories. Stray Cat Ah Q is about a chance encounter between a stray cat and a young girl that becomes a lifelong friendship able to withstand distance and time.
Our tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critic's Choice. For 2019, it's an animation from the student category — a story about a grandfather and grandson's journey through life.
Spirit of the Drowning Girls
This haunting animation is a ghost story inspired by a letter from the famous ancient Chinese poet and scholar, Dongpo Su (1037-1101). A young Kongfu master falls into the trap of an evil old spirit who enslaves dead little girls drowned by their own parents.
The Quintet of the Sunset
Jie Weng, Realwood Studios, Yilisoo Films
In the stop motion animation, five cats with distinguished personalities live their healthy and happy lives thanks to the care and love of their owner Gina. When Gina reaches the end of her life, they watch over her forever, each in their own way while their hearts beat as one with Gina’s heart.
iRony explores the relationship between man and technology... told from the perspective of a phone. This hand drawn animated film is based on Radheya's poem 'Seven Billion', a winner of two national poetry awards in Australia.
The Critics’ Choice award is given to the animation that receives the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories. Hotspot is a 2D animated film about a self-proclaimed detective investigating his neighbour’s shady activity in order to figure out a secret
Our tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critic's Choice. For 2018, this distinction goes to an inspirational animation about believing in yourself.
Amor del Amor
From world-renowned animation studio HouseSpecial and Director, Kirk Kelley comes 'Armor del Amor' – a kind of nature ‘'documentary' that follows the mating rituals of Dasypus novemcinctus (a Nine-banded female armadillo) to discover the dark underbelly of modern mammalian dating.
The winner of our Best of Independent Award for 2018 is a stop-motion film about a man’s endless hunt for elusive energy sources in a decaying world.
A pizza delivery girl is stuck in a dead-end job, but dreams of becoming something more. One day on a delivery, she runs into an unexpected customer that will change her fate forever.