VANCOUVER – The Spark CG Society has announced that We Can’t Live Without Cosmos (Russia), directed by Konstantin Bronzit, has won the Best Animated Short Award at the SPARK Animation Conference, Film Festival and Job Fair. The award was announced at the Spark Animation Celebration on the opening night on October 21 at the Vancity Theater in Vancouver, BC.
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, produced by Melnitsa Animation Studio, one of the largest animation studios in Russia, tells the heartwarming story of lifelong friends who train for a journey to the stars and explore the sacrifices that are required to realize their dreams and the heartache of loss.
The Canadian short film Fears by Nata Metlukh from the Vancouver Film School was named best student film. Other local film students who received special mentions were Marilyn Haddad for Like There Is No Tomorrow and Nick Salmon for his short film Orbit.
The winner of this year’s Best Cinematic was The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt Cinematic Trailer, directed by István Zorkóczy from Hungary. Stromae “Carmen” directed by Sylvain Chomet won the prize for the animated music video, while “Team Generous 2015 Børnefonden” directed by Tobias Gundorff Boesen won the best animated PPE / commercial.
SPARK CG bestowed its first Lifetime Achievement Award on legendary animator Marv Newland for his lifelong contribution to animation as both a creative force and a mentor to emerging talent.
AWARD RESULTS 2015
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
We cannot live without the cosmos by Konstantin Bronzit (Russia)
BEST STUDENT SHORT
Fears of Nata Metlukh (Canada)
BEST GROUP OF STUDENTS SHORT
Shudô by To-Anh Bach, Charles Badiller and Hugo Weiss (France)
BEST STUDENT STOP MOTION
The Walker by Heather Collins (USA)
The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt Cinema trailer by István Zorkóczy (Hungary)
BEST ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO
Stromae “Carmen” by Sylvain Chomet (Great Britain, Belgium)
BEST ANIMATED PPE / COMMERCIAL
“Team generous 2015 Børnefonden” by Tobias Gundorff Boesen (Denmark)
RUNNER UP, ANIMATED SHORT
Beach flags by Sarah Saidan (France)
SECOND PLACE, CINEMATIC
Mass Effect: Andromeda Official E3 2015 Trailer from BioWare Studio and EA Marketing (Canada)
Runner-up, MUSIC VIDEO
The child prodigy “Wild Frontier” by Mascha Halberstad (Netherlands)
BRNS “Many Chances” by Nicolas Fong (Belgium)
Ghost of Ben Harper, Sean Mullen and Alex Sherwood (Ireland)
Tik Tak by Ülo Pikkov (Estonia)
The most imaginative
The meek by Joe Brumm (Australia)
dissonance by Bis Nowak (Germany)
SPECIAL REFERENCES, STUDENT-ANIMATED SHORT
Animated student short film
The Nips & Porkington Case Book by Melody Wang (Canada)
Vintovka by Quentin Reubrecht (France)
Orbit by Nick Salmon (Canada)
Best trailer for a movie we want to see
Girls and Guys from Treetops and Skies (Celles et Ceux des Summit and sky) by Gwenn Germain (France)
Natural attraction by Marc Zimmermann (Germany)
How There Is No Tomorrow by Marilyn Haddad (Canada)
Sea Child by Min-ha Kim (UK)
SPARK ANIMATION is a celebration of animation from all over the world. The conference, film festival and job fair featured the West Canadian premiere in April and the Extraordinary World, which won the Cristal Award for Best Animated Film in Annecy, as well as the West Canadian premiere of Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast. The conference included presentations by Sanjay Patel and his upcoming Pixar animation short film, Sanjay’s Super Team, and legendary Walt Disney animation character designer Jin Kim.
Source: Spark CG Society
As a former editor-in-chief of the Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked as a writer and PR professional in the media and entertainment industry since 2003.