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  • SICAF Awards BATTLE OF SURABAYA at Close of 20th Edition
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jul 19, 2016
  • Short Film Grand Prize for JEONG Da-hee’s THE EMPTY

    The Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF) wrapped up its 20th anniversary after five days of screenings on July 10th. This year’s event took place at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Central Seoul.
    This year’s Grand Prize winner was Aryanto YUNIAWAN’s Battle of Surabaya from Indonesia. The film chronicles a battle between pro-independence Indonesian forces against the British during the Indonesian National Revolution. The Feature Film Competition jury also awarded a Jury’s Special Prize to the Japanese animation Miss Hokusai from director HARA Keiichi.
    In the Short Film Competition, JEONG Da-hee’s The Empty picked up the Grand Prize. The film debuted at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival earlier this year. JEONG has already drawn worldwide acclaim for her work, which includes Man on the Chair, which picked up the main prize in Annecy in 2014 and screened around the globe.
    Meanwhile, Cold Coffee by French filmmakers Stephanie Lansaque and Francois Lero took home the Cultural Distinction, Culture Land Store Prize. A Jury Special Prize was awarded to Steve Warne’s Pombo Loves You from the UK and Erlking, a new work from renowned Swiss animator Georges Schwizgebel, picked up the Audience Award.
    In the Student Film category, the Grand Prize went to About a Mother (Dina Velikovskaya, Russia), French short Ama earned the Cultural Distinction, Culture Land Store Prize, and Like a Parrot (Rohit Ashokan, India) was the Jury Special Prize awardee.
    SICAF KID awardees included Rosa & Dara and Their Great Holiday Adventure (Martin Duda, Czech Republic), which received a Special Distinction, and Netizen’s Choice winner was And If You’ll Come (Tom Madar, Emily Noy, Israel).
    Can You Decide (Lu Pulic, Italy) took the Special Distinction in SICAF Online while Brunfelsia (Anna Constantinova, Australia) earned the Special Jury Prize.
    In the Special Competition, the Korean Prize went to KIM Bom’s The Hot Rain Is Falling Down, the SICAF ASIA prize was picked up by The Tree (Sare Shafipour, Iran), the SICAF CHOICE award was won by NO-GO ZONE (Atelier Collectif, Belgium), SICAF FANTASTICAL was taken by Switch Man (Shao Kuei Tung, Taiwan) and the Han byeol Kang’s The Struggle brought home the SICAF Audience Prize.
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