S. Korean Animated Films Top Holland Animation Film Festival

The 17th edition of the Holland Animation Film Festival concluded last Sunday in Utrecht, Netherlands. The winners of the top prizes for both feature film and narrative short hailed from South Korea. The feature film prize was awarded to The Fake by director Yeun Sang-Ho (King of Pigs), while the narrative short prize went to Love Games by Joung Yumi. A complete list of winners is below.

Grand Prix feature film
The Fake, Yeun Sang-ho (South Korea, Studio Dadashow, 2013)

Special mentions feature film
Cheatin’, Bill Plympton (USA, Bill Plympton Studio, 2013)

The Pain and the Pity, Philip Mulloy (United Kingdom, Spectre Design Ltd, 2013)

Grand Prix short narrative
Love Games, Joung Yumi (South Korea, Culture Platform, 2013)

Grand Prix short non-narrative
Le Labyrinthe (The Labyrinth), Mathieu Labaye (Belgium, Camera-etc, 2013)

Special mention short narrative
The Obvious Child, Stephen Irwin (United Kingdom, 2013)

Grand Prix European student film
Wind, Robert Loebel (Germany, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg, 2013)
(Wind was previously featured on Cartoon Brew.)

Honorable mention European student film
Wile E., Christopher Holloran (Netherlands, Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, 2012)

Grand Prix for Dutch animation
Mute, Job, Joris & Marieke (Netherlands, Job, Joris & Marieke, 2013)
(Mute was previously featured on Cartoon Brew.)

Nominations Grand Prix for Dutch animation
Boogie Woogie in Inkt en Krijt, René Adema (Netherlands, 2013)

Cruise Patrol, Bobby de Groot and Arjan van Meerten (Netherlands, House of Secrets, 2013)

Professional Award Dutch Animation
I Love Hooligans, Jan-Dirk Bouw, (Netherlands/ Belgium, Seriousfilm, 2013)

HAFF Audience Award Dutch animation
Mute, Job, Joris & Marieke (Netherlands, Job, Joris & Marieke, 2013)

Winner web competition HAFFTube
Little Freak, Edwin Schaap (Netherlands, HKU University of the Arts, 2013)


HAFF Junior Audience Award in cooperation with Eye
The Smortlybacks, Ted Sieger and Wouter Dierickx (Switserland/China, Sophie Animation, 2013)

MovieZone HAFF Award in cooperation with EYE
I Love Hooligans, Jan-Dirk Bouw (Netherlands/Belgium Seriousfilm, 2013)

Nominations HAFF MovieZone Award in cooperation with EYE
Mia, Wouter Bongaerts (Belgium, Netherlands, 2013)

Mute, Job, Joris & Marieke (Netherlands, Job, Joris & Marieke, 2013)


  • jonhanson

    I’ve been noticing some really great looking stuff coming out of South Korea. It makes sense, there are a lot of great artists who have trained doing outsourcing work. Hopefully they can create a market for their own animation so we can see more truly Korean features.

  • Marie

    I’m not surprised since I’ve recently seen some exceptional South Korean live-action movies. Like France, there seems to be a significant amount of filmmaking talent in South Korea.

    • jonhanson

      Hong Kong has been producing fantastic movies for a long time but so far they’ve yet to do much in the way of animation. I think a lot of it has to do with the budgetary demands of animated film making.

  • Ben

    I’m really excited to see more south korean animated films. They’ve been doing all the animation for everyone else for so long it’s cool to see them getting to tell their own stories.