The winning short films of the NYICFF 2021 festival in New York
The NYICFF closed its 2021 edition with a presentation of the Best of the Fest shorts and the announcement of the winners of the Festival 2021 award. For the first time in the 24-year history of the Festival, the audience has expanded from the metropolitan area of New York to the whole country, attracting spectators from 47 out of 50 states to the virtual festival.
The Festival received thousands of nominations from around the world to select and curate a collection of creative, diverse and artistically ambitious films for its annual event, which was held virtually from March 5th to 14th. Audience and Grand Prize awards are awarded to the highest-rated films and directors from Festival audience members, while the jury awards are selected by an esteemed jury of directors, actors and industry leaders.
The Best of the Fest was released on Friday 19 March, a collection of the highest level short films from the entire Festival. Instead of a traditional live awards ceremony, winners were announced on the Festival's website and social media channels on Monday. , March 22.
“In addition to highlighting the most innovative films for young audiences, the jury and audience awards recognized the strength of the women behind the camera, supported non-binary storytelling and recognized European co-productions that have strengthened underrepresented directors' voices and Caribbean stories, ”said Programming Director Maria-Christina Villaseňor. "We are grateful to our esteemed jury and equally to the wonderful audience."
In Jury prize competitions - as juror Nora Twomey (Oscar nominated director of The head of the family, co-director of The secret of Kells and co-founder of Cartoon Saloon) described as "A huge selection of inspiring, well made and truthfully told films" - the Best animated short film award was presented to Matilda and the escort head by Lithuanian director Ignas Meilūnas, who previously showed his 2017 short Mr Night has a day off at the Festival. The winning stop-motion film centers on a clever little girl who comes to the conclusion that two heads are literally better than one. Anne Koizumi (Canada) also earned a Special mention for the animated documentary In the shade of the pines, screened in the Girls' POV program and explores the director's difficult childhood relationship with his father, a Japanese immigrant.
The winners of the jury prize were selected by 2021 jury members Sofia Coppola, Geena Davis, Madeline di Nonno, Jorge Gutiérrez, Matthew Modine, Mark Osborne, Peter Ramsey, Karen Rupert Toliver, Ira Sachs, Uma Thurman and Nora Twomey. “What a great group of films! I am absolutely blown away, ”said Osborne (Oscar-nominated director, writer, producer and animator, Kung Fu Panda, The Little Prince). The winners of the Festival Jury Awards can be considered for the 2022 Academy Awards.
Among the Audience Award selections, Grand Prize for Feature Film for Animation was introduced to The legend of Hei (China), directed by MTJJ Mutou. The First prize short film - Animation the winner was the Franco-Swiss film vanilla, by Gulilaume Lorin, who also won the Audience Award - Age 8+ Award. Film selected for the Oscars Kapaemahu (Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson; USA) won in the Ages 10+ category, a woolly stop-motion tale TULIPANO (Andrea Love & Phoebe Wahl; USA) captivated audiences of 5+ e Ink (Joost van den Bosch & Erik Verkerk; Netherlands), a 2D / 3D comedy about a wacky octopus, won the Ages 3+ award.