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2017 GLAS Animation Festival Award Winners

GLAS Animation (GLobal Animation Syndicate) is a non-profit organization run by animators for animators. From March 2-5, 2017, GLAS Animation Festival took place in Berkeley, California. The festival is all about screening content, Q&A’s, and a complete short film competition. Awards were given out in 9 different categories and here are the following winners:


Nighthawk by Spela Cadez

“A blistering, squirming tragedy trailing an alcoholic whizzing blurrily through bending roads in the black of night, the award for Best Narrative animation goes to Nighthawk.” — GLAS Animation Festival

A badger is found dead on the road when a police officer approaches in the dark. They soon realize that it is not dead; the badger is drunk. When the police attempt to drag the badger off the road, he wakes up and things take a bit of a turn.


Impossible Figures and Other Stories II by Marta Pajek

“For its economic, often bleached-like drawings that capture the fragile battle between consciousness and obliviousness, along with its mesmerizing, painful but ultimately buoyant story of self-awareness and self-control, we award the Grand Prize to Impossible Figures and Other Stories II by Marta Pajek.” — GLAS Animation Festival


Hotaru by William Laboury

“They told me : “You have a gift, Martha. Down here, your gift is useless. So we’re gonna show you the most beautiful things. You’re gonna have more memories than everyone else. And then, you will sleep. You won’t wake up. But you will carry the most precious memories from Earth.”” — William Laboury


Datum Point by Ryo Orikasa

“In capturing the serenity of the sea, the soothing rush of the waves while reminding us of our own temporary, always flowing existence, the award for Best non-narrative goes to the Zen-inspired clay animation mastery of Datum Point.” — GLAS Animation Festival


Garden Party

For its striking mise-en-scene, unique multi-layered story, and its odd, funny and horrifying ambiance, the award for Best Graduation film goes to Garden Party.” — GLAS Animation Festival


Big Surf by Brian Smee

Fusing documentary, history, experimental film, this raw and richly re-imagined ghost story captures the blurred pains and fragments of a tragedy caused by bone-headed and greedy humans. The award for Best Undergraduate animation goes to Big Surf.” — GLAS Animation Festival


Flight Attendant by Mattis Dover

For its beautiful and intense visuals, the award for Best Commissioned film goes to Flight Attendant.” — GLAS Animation Festival


Jill by Lilli Carre

“Jill is like an empty container that viewers have to fill. This film is like an invitation and gives the viewers the opportunity to individually do whatever they want with it, according to who they are and how they feel. Using a minimalist, weird form, it just says enough to put you in a very strange state in which you’re entertained and embarrassed at the same time, in which you don’t exactly know if you want to laugh or not. Which makes Jill a very unique charming lady.” — GLAS Animation Festival


In a Cage by Loic Bruyere

“In a Cage, the seemingly simple and charming story about an unlikely friendship between a caged bear and an abandoned hatchling is our choice for the best film within the Children’s competition. We loved this film for it’s clarity of story telling, beautiful visuals, the music and the meaningful message that is more than meets the eye.” — GLAS Animation Festival

Overall, I really watching bits and pieces of each awarded animation. This was quite a wide variety of choices, each strange and unique in their own ways.

For more information GLAS Animation Festival visit: GLAS Animation


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