Film: ReAnimania International Animation Film and Comic Art Festival winners

Panorama, Armenia
Nov 7 2018
Culture 15:32 07/11/2018 Armenia

The 10th ReAnimania is over, thus marking the beginning of the preparatory works for the 11th edition. For about a week ReAnmania had turned Armenia into a meeting point of the world-class and beginner animators.

This year marked ReAnimania's 10 years, as well as the eighty-year anniversary of the Armenian animation.

The opening of the festival this year was marked by the "Heartbeats of the Animation" concert. By the way, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Armenian animation, Tigran Mansuryan, Stepan Shakaryan, Robert Amirkhanyan and Ruben Hakhverdyan were awarded by Emancipation Medal of the ReAnimania Festival for the songs and music created for Armenian animation films.

According to the festival's press office, the festival hosted world-renowned guests such as Eric Papen, Stefan Kazantsyan, Henry Hovhannisyan and Géraldine Baché, Arthur de Pins, Corinne De Tombe, Gouryun Afrikyan, David Dutel, Vasco Sa, Regina Tesoa Abel Alvarez. They not only were jury for the films, but also conducted master classes for young animators.
More than 100 countries and about 2,000 animated films applied to participate at this year's festival. During the festival, the audience has had the opportunity to watch over 400 films included in the five competition programs.

The festival winners:
Best feature film, "Chris from Switzerland"
Best feature film, "Another Day"
Special Prize. short film "Winning Pablo"
Best Short Film, "Weekends"
Special Prize. graduation film, "Love Me, Fear Me"
Best graduation film, "A Ghost Story"
Best TV and Educational Film, "Subjects Have No Rights"
Best musical animated video "N.A.P"
Best Armenian Animated Film, "Give Me Peace"

This year, the RA Ministry of Diaspora has also foreseen a special prize for the Armenian Diaspora participants. The winner was from Russia, Nataly Mirzoyan, with the film “5 Minutes to the Sea”.

The ReAnimania International Festival of Yerevan for the fourth year already has enabled young animators to take part in the one-month course of the animation school in Angoulême. In the memory of the painter and animator Sevan Naghashyan this year the scholarship has been renamed "ReA Sevan Naghash”. Two participants – Nane Sargsyan and Arevik Aroyan – were awarded scholarship. Winners of ReA Sevan Naghash Scholarship will be given an opportunity to travel to Angoulême animation school for a one-month training funded by ReAnimania. The French Embassy provides travel expenses, while the Naghashyan family provides money (about $ 500) to cover the living expenses of the participant. Under the terms of the competition, the participants will have to prepare a 30-second-length film for ReAnimania and conduct 4 master classes at Sevan Naghashyan Art School in Vazashen, Tavush Region.
With the support of the French Embassy in Armenia, the festival featured the best selection of French animated films.

With the support of the German Embassy in Armenia, the first feature German animated film created 92 years ago was screened, for which the embassy invited a famous pianist to play during movie.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS