Two dozen short animated film productions were chosen, divided into the categories Professional films, School films and Workshop films.
In the first category are named ‘Purpleboy‘, by Alexandre Siqueira, and ‘Elo‘, by Alexandra Ramires, both produced by Bando À Parte, and already awarded at international festivals, and ‘Mesa‘, by illustrator João Fazenda, produced by Animanostra.
‘O peculiar crime do estranho senhor Jacinto‘, by Bruno Caetano, from the COLA collective, and ‘Are you old enough to worry about cancer?’, By Raquel Felgueiras, produced by the Institute of Pathology and Molecular Immunology at the University of Porto, also fall into this category.
The organization also chose nine school films, including three in foreign production: ‘(In)dividual‘, by Beatriz Bagulho, and ‘Nestor‘, by João Gonzalez, both from the United Kingdom, and ‘Sundown‘, by Ana Moniz, Camille Letouze, Juliette Brocal, She Ruitao and Zou Shanshan, produced in France.
These three films are also joined by ‘Dente d’Leão‘, by Catarina Abrantes, Mariya Toma and Miguel Henriques, ‘Rachado‘, by Ana Rodrigues, António Lucas, João Monteiro and Rita Branco, ‘Mother Trude‘, by Tiago Miguel, ‘Being Uncanny‘, by Filipa Alves and Maria Barbosa, ‘As aventuras do gajo no espaço’, by Afonso Pelayo, and ‘Creature of habit‘, by Beatriz Nunes Silva.
In the category Workshop films are named ‘Realidades’, ‘O tempo escondido no corpo de uma escola’, ‘O guardião do papel’, ‘100 palavras’, ‘Um dia muito agitado’ and ‘Cerco-me de histórias’.
The winners will be announced at the 19th edition of the World Animation Festival, which will take place from 25 to 29 November at Casa das Artes in Porto.
The National Animation Prize is an initiative of Casa da Animação, a cultural project born in 2001 in the context of the European Capital of Culture – Porto to promote and publicize Portuguese animation cinema production.