"Hipopotamy" by Piotr Dumala won the short film grand prize at Ottawa.
“Hipopotamy” by Piotr Dumala won the short film grand prize at Ottawa.

Veteran Polish filmmaker Piotr Dumala won the short film grand prize for Hipopotamy at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, which wrapped up its 2014 edition yesterday. Dumala’s film is described as: “A few naked women and children are bathing in a river. They are being secretly observed by a group of men, who, at one point, decide to approach them, in a violent manner, as if inspired by the behaviour of hippopotamuses.”

"Seth's Dominion" by Luc Chamberland.
“Seth’s Dominion” by Luc Chamberland.

The grand prize for feature film was awarded to Luc Chamberland for his live-action/animation documentary Seth’s Dominion about the life of Canadian cartoonist Seth. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, the feature had its world premiere at Ottawa. Chamberland speaks about the film in this Ottawa Citizen interview.

A complete list of Ottawa 2014 winners is below:

The Nelvana 2014 GRAND PRIZE for Best Short Animation
Hipopotamy by Piotr Dumala (Poland)

Honorable Mention
Butter Ya’ Self by Julian Petschek (USA)

The 2014 GRAND PRIZE for Best Animated Feature
Seth’s Dominion by Luc Chamberland (Canada)

The 2014 Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation
1000 Plateaus (2004-2014) by Steve Woloshen

Honorable Mention
Soif by Michele Cournoyer
MTL Rush by Matthieu Guimond

Sony Pictures Animation Public Prize
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos by Konstantin Bronzit (Russia)

Best Narrative Short Animation
Marilyn Myller by Mikey Please (UK & United States)

Honorable Mention
Phantom Limb by Alex Grigg (UK & Australia)

Best Laika Experimental/ Abstract Animation
Eager by Allison Schulnik (USA)

Honorable Mention
Totem by Caleb Wood (USA)

Walt Disney Award for Best Graduation Animation
Things Don’t Fit by Tim Divall (UK)

Honorable Mention
Somewhere by Nicolas Ménard (UK)
Crazy Little Things by Onohana (Japan)

Best Undergraduate Animation
Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day by Christian Larrave (USA)

Best High School Animation
Priorities by Gints Zilbalodis (Latvia)

Honorable Mention
Dance of Death by Choi Ye Won, Lee young guen & Park So Young (South Korea)

Best Animation School Showreel
Rhode Island School of Design (USA)

Honorable Mention
Tokyo School of the Arts (Japan)

Best Canadian Student Animation
Soupe aux Carottes by Charles Lavoie, Concordia University

Honorable Mention
Lucy & the Limbs by Edlyn Capulong, Sheridan College
MTL Rush by Mathieu Guimond, Concordia University

Best Promotional Animation
Holland Animation Film Festival “2014 Festival Leader” by Andreas Hykade (Germany & Netherlands)

Honorable Mention
2013 Festival National du Film d’Animation “Fight!” by Marc James Roels (Belgium & France)

Best Music Video
Christopher Bono “Unity” by Tobias Stretch (USA)

Honorable Mention
James “Moving On” by Ainslie Henderson (UK)

Best Animation Series for Adults
Crime: The Animated Series by Sam Chou & Alix Lambert (USA)

Honorable Mention
Heaven’s Countryland Part 1: Childhood story of Kim Jong Un by David Oreilly (USA)

Best Short Animation for Children
Magic Time by Kine Aune (Norway)

Honorable Mention
Anatole’s Little Saucepan by Eric Montchaud (France)
The Fish-Tale Girl by Serhiy Melnichenko (Ukraine)

Best Animation Series for Children
Les larmes du crocodile by Agnés Lecreux, Steven De Beul & Ben Tesseur (France)

Honorable Mention
Regular Show “The Last Laserdisc Player” by JG Quintel (USA)
The Scent of Carrots by Arnaud Demuynck & Rémi Durin (France)

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