2010 Ottawa Winners

The External World

The winners of the 2010 Ottawa International Animation Festival were announced this evening at an awards ceremony. David OReilly took home the grand prize for his new short The External World while Phil Mulloy won the feature film grand prize for Goodbye Mister Christie. The members of the 2010 International Jury for the Short Program, Student and Commissioned Films were Frances Leeming (Canada), Munro Ferguson (Canada), and Maya Yonesho (Japan). The members of the International Jury for the Feature Film Competition were Atsushi Wada (Japan), Torill Kove (Canada/Norway), and Michaela Pavlatova (Czech Republic). The complete list of winners is below:

The 2010 Nelvana GRAND PRIZE for Best Independent Short Animation ($3,000 CDN):
The External World by David OReilly (Ireland/Germany)

The 2010 GRAND PRIZE for Best Animated Feature:
Goodbye Mister Christie by Phil Mulloy (United Kingdom)

The 2010 Walt Disney Animation Studios GRAND PRIZE for Best Student Animation:
Prayers for Peace by Dustin Grella (U.S.A.)

The 2010 GRAND PRIZE for Best Commissioned Animation:
Going West by Martin Andersen and Line Andersen (New Zealand)

The 2010 Best Animation School Showreel:
Tokyo Arts University (Japan)

Honorable Mention:
Rhode Island School of Design (U.S.A.)

The 2010 Best Narrative Short:
This is love by Lei Lei (China)

The 2010 Best Experimental/Abstract Animation:
Little Deaths by Ruth Lingford

The 2010 Adobe Prize for Best High School Animation:
Where is the love by Dae Woen Yoon and Joe Woo Shin (South Korea)

The 2010 Best Undergraduate Animation:
LGFUAD by Kelsey Stark (U.S.A.)

The 2010 Best Graduate Animation:
Prayers for Peace by Dustin Grella (U.S.A.)

The 2010 Best Promotional Animation:
WWF ‘Heroes of the UAE’ by Josiah Newbolt and Ben Falk (United Kingdom)

The 2010 Best Music Video:
Blockhead ‘The Music Scene’ by Anthony Schepperd (U.S.A.)

The 2010 Best Television Animation for Adults:
Midtown Twist by Gary Leib (U.S.A.)

Special Mention:
Tord och Tord (Tord and Tord) by Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Sweden)

Special Mention:
Fumiko no Kokuhaku (Fumiko’s Confession) by Ishida Hiroyasu (Japan)

The 2010 Best Short Animation Made for Children:
Cul de bouteille (Specky Four Eyes) by Jean-Claude Rozec (France)

Honorable Mention:
Diversity by Anthony Dusko (U.S.A.)

The 2010 Best Television Animation Made for Children:
The Gruffalo by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang (United Kingdom)

Honorable Mention:
Spliced ‘Helen’ by Matt Ferguson (Canada)

The 2010 National Film Board of Canada PUBLIC PRIZE:
Sinna Mann (Angry Man) by Anita Killi (Norway)

The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation:
Lipsett Diaries by Theodore Ushev (Canada)

Honorable Mention:
Playtime by Steven Woloshen (Canada)


  • Saturnome

    YES very exciting news for David O’Reilly’s new short film. He’s my hero.

  • Saturnome

    Oops he’s spelling his name OReilly, not O’Reilly, right?

  • Magnusson

    I’m really glad to see some Scandinavian representation making the list.

  • http://www.jeffsimonetta.com Jeffrey Simonetta

    I saw all the short comps and External World was my favorite as well. Although I didn’t get a chance to see the Winning Feature :(

    • http://www.aaronpickens.com Aaron

      You would!

  • juan alfonso

    “Cul de Boteille” is an odd name for a kid’s film-I think it translates to something like “Bottle Butt”

  • http://www.myspace.com/thetinyorchestra John Halfpenny

    Congratulations to all the winners. My feeling wasn’t so positive about the screenings in general, but this is a really terrific list.

  • http://karrotanimation.com Tim O’Sullivan

    Great festival and vibe all round. External World is a deserving winner with its outstanding character performances and great humour, that switches to a real sense of poignancy in a matter of a few frames.

    Goodbye Mister Christie was also a stunning watch. Ive rarely been so captivited by such a minimalistic film. Roll on Ottawa 2011!

  • Ian DJ

    Congrats to the winners- and my condolences to the child judges for their loss of innocence… ;)

  • http://www.arielvillaverde.com Ariel

    Congrats to Matt Ferguson. “Spliced” has to be one of the funniest and well stylized shows I’ve seen on tv. The audience (*and kids!) well laughing thru-out.

    The Gruffalo was super cute aswell. Simple story and beautiful design.

    Tord and Tord was funny, but reminded me of Fantastic Mr. Fox a little too much. I dont’ know who came first..

    I didn’t get to see David O’Reilly’s film(*winner) but his previous cat/mouse film was very unique. I’m sure this was too.

    Specky Four Eyes, well deserved win. Brilliant.

    Lipsett Diaries? I gotta’ say, and this is just a personal opinion, but I’m just never moved by “Rotoscoping”. No matter how well someone draws or paints over top, I just can’t categorize Rotoscoping as “animation”. It’s art, yes. But not animation.

    To me, animation is interpreting “movement” on film. I could be “moved” by beautiful drawing, but I was not “moved” by live-action footage, drawn over top. But that’s just me.

    Over-all, another great Fest! Congrats to all! Animation’s never easy. You gotta celebrate’s everyone’s visions.

  • Chris

    I had a great time this year, it was interesting (and essential) to see animation that isn’t usually taking center stage within the industry. Having said that, I consider myself to be an open minded person, however, I didn’t quite understand LGFUAD (I missed the artist talk to be fair, and I’m sure that would have probably helped me “get it”) but could somebody give me their take on it? I’d like very much to see it again sometime soon as I enjoyed watching it, as it was not a bad film at all, I just would like some help in understanding what it was that made it award winning (again, not saying it didn’t deserve it, I just didn’t understand it).

    • Francis

      Honestly, there was not much to get. You did not miss anything; the film simply tries to be “provocative” by addressing taboo subjects. Raunchiness is fine, but it’s certainly not clever or groundbreaking. In short, it did not deserve the undergrad prize.

  • http://www.captainkyleb.tumblr.com Kyle

    Hooray David O’Reilly! I love his work. I can’t wait until I can see The External World myself!

  • Anoniguy

    I’m happy to see that Fumiko’s Confession was recognized, even without winning – I really enjoyed that when it was featured here earlier this year.

    Congrats to all of the winners! I wish I could have been there for all of the screenings!

  • http://www.sfs.org.sg/animation Dave

    Goodbye Mr Christie is the perfect antidote for overdone, overly produced 3D and 3-D animation we see in cinemas these days.

  • http://dmgermain.blogspot.com David Germain

    Congrats to all the winners. I certainly had fun at the festival this year. “That’s what she said!!” Oh, shut up already. ;)

    It was fun handing out all those business cards and seeing everyone’s positive reactions to them. I just hope they all follow it up with a purchase of my comic book.

    Jerry, it was a pleasure saving your spot in line as you “powdered your nose”.

  • Kate Burck

    David seems to be turning into quite a festival favorite. He’s really a very interesting character. :)
    You guys should think about asking him to guest write.

  • Steve Gattuso

    I look forward to seeing many of these winners in the future. Though I’m rather sad to see that more people are commenting on the other thread about the festival than on this one.

  • Jim

    “This is love” winning Best Narrative Short comes as a surprise. It was short, shallow, and offered little more than a single middle-of-the-road joke.

    Other films in competition offered way more entertainment value (the crowd laughed for five minutes straight during Wisdom Tooth), or more clever, character-based narrative (Something Left, Something Taken), or even solid, emotionally resonant portrayals of human interaction (A Family Portrait, Tord och Tord). And for the more abstract, challenging films, you had plenty of choices: Hand Soap, Divers in the Rain, and even The Formation of Clouds.

    I realize awards are always subjective decisions made by a small group of people with particular taste, but “This is love” wasn’t anywhere near the top of my list. Oh well, it could have been worse; they could have given it to Milk, Milk, Lemonade.

    As for the abstract category, I was pleasantly surprised that pretty much all the films were watchable and not twenty minutes long. Ironically, a number of the narrative and student shorts could have taken pacing cues from the abstract entries.

    And I’m biased because I worked on the film, but congrats to David and the rest of the crew for the success of “The External World”. It was great to finally see it with an audience and I hope everyone enjoyed it.

  • http://andrewfarago.livejournal.com Andrew Farago

    Congrats to all the winners!

    I was surprised to see Goodbye, Mister Christie get the nod, since no one I spoke with at the festival seemed to praise it outright. There were a lot of comments along the lines of “um…it was…interesting…I think…”, but none of the outright gushing that The Illusionist garnered.

    It’s a really trippy movie, and it’s definitely going to stick with me for a while. I can’t say that I’ve seen another feature quite like it, but it’s going to be a hard film to recommend to anyone whose tastes I don’t know really, really well.

  • http://www.pew36.co.uk Jordan Wood

    Some great films in there,

    Love Prayers for Peace, I’m so pleased for Heroes of the UAE, Ruth’s Little Deaths is nice to see there as well.