The VIEW Conference wrapped up another successful run several weeks ago. The conference, which takes place in Turin, is Italy’s premiere event for CG, interactive and immersive storytelling, animation, visual effects, games, and VR/AR/MR. It is a conference we always enjoy attending, with a stellar lineup of speakers and presentations.
Conference organizers have announced the winners of the VIEW awards, which are summarized from the news release:
2019 VIEW Award for Best Short Film
“Facing It,” an eight-minute 30 second claymation / live action film written and directed by Sam Gainsborough with co-writer Louisa Wood at the National Film and Television School’s Beaconsfield Studio in Beaconsfield, UK.
Gainsborough’s unique film tells the story of how relationships with people mold us – literally as waves of emotion form and reform across the main character Shaun’s often surreal plasticine face. The director writes: Whilst waiting for his parents in a busy pub, Shaun struggles valiantly to join in with the admirably happy people in the crowd, but the more he tries, the more he goes awry. As everything in the pub goes from bad to worse, Shaun finds himself confronted by the painful memories that made him who he is. His feelings, memories and desires overwhelm him and by the end of the evening he is ready to explode.” The jury praised the unique animation technique used so successfully to convey emotions, and unanimously awarded it the VIEW Award first prize. Director Gainsborough will receive the VIEW Award’s 2000 Euros prize.
Jury Award for Story
“Trois Francs, Six Sous,” a six and a half-minute, 3D animated short is co-directors Clémence Ottevaere, Florence Blain, Louise Leblond, Varoon Indalkar, Morgane Ladjel, and Hugo Valdelièvre-Rattier’s graduation film at Supinfocom Rubika school in Valenciennes, France, 2019. The jurors called this animated film of a French farmer during World War II an excellent story well told, and praised the direction.
Jury Award for Art Direction
“Blieschow,” a 10-minute animated short written and directed by Christoph Sarow at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany who painted and animated the film largely in PhotoShop. In the story, city boy Tom visits his grandfather’s farm where he competes with a seemingly better cousin. The jury found Sarow’s film beautiful with a sophisticated palette, and an overall design that served the story well.
Winner of the Italianmix for best short
“Red Hands, (Mani Rosse)” a nearly 30-minute stop-motion short film by Italian Director Francesco Filippi at Studio Mistral. In this film produced by Sattva Films, domestic violence is both physical and psychological. The two young protagonists move toward adulthood using the tools of imagination, dreams, and spiritual affinity. To honor this timely story, the jury awarded Director Filippi with a Wacom Cintiq.