2020 FESTIVAL RESULTS:

BEST IN SHOW &

OVERALL CATEGORY AWARDS

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The Florida Animation Festival (FAF) is the only festival of its kind in the region, celebrating the art of animation in all its forms.  From stop-motions to visual effects, there are thousands of frames and keyframes involved that create the magic before our eyes.  

 

The first annual Florida Animation Festival in 2016 was all programmed content-- and it went very well!  But we wanted our festival to grow, and to screen unique content from professional, independent, and student animators from around the world. Since our first call for submissions in 2017, we have received over 500 individual submissions from 50 countries!

2020 presented us with over 220 submissions from 36 countries. Our international panel of 24 judges scored films on a 10-point within each category based on Story/Content, Visual Aesthetic, Editing, and Euphony.  Every virtual screening included audience voting.

We present the awards in the following order:

  • Overall winners are presented with up to two honorable mentions and 1 x First Place per overall category (animation technique).​​

  • Next awarding goes to sub-category winners by genre, meaning Novice, Student, Independent, Professional, and Studio animators in all 5 categories (animation technique) are awarded up to 2 honorable mentions and one first place.  

    • Films that scored at 6.6 and above are awarded first places, with the top three of those being our best in show as well as 1st place. 

    • Films that scored 5-6.5 are honorable mentions.  

    • Overall category winners are excluded from sub-category placement.

  • Some sub-categories did not have firsts or two honorables based on scoring outlined above, and you will likely see some overlaps across the two different award types.

  • The first place overall category winners move up to Best in Show awards, films watched by our Best in Show committee, a smaller group of judges from the original 24.

  • Debut & Debut Junior Categories were judged by an independent panel of young animators & adults. 

  • Audience Favorites are listed on their own page, with 1 x First Place and 1 x Honorable Mention per program.

Without further ado... 

We are proud to announce the BEST IN SHOW & OVERALL CATEGORY results of the 2020 Florida Animation Festival's Submitted Shorts!

SUB-CATEGORIES WINNERS are listed separately, check them out!

AUDIENCE FAVORITES are also on their own page, lots of love to go around!

BEST IN SHOW

HEAT WAVE

Directed by Fokion Xenos | London, UK

In the midst of a heatwave of insanity, two children find a way to cool everyone down!

A playful stop motion short film animated in a hybrid technique between cut out, claynimation and thousands of replacements pieces.

BEST IN SHOW: FIRST PLACE

KING OF THE HOUSE

Directed by Zige Zhang | Chicago, IL

Our story follows Gloria, an Italian mother with a heart full of love. However, Gloria struggles with great loss and even turns to addiction to numb the pain. Gloria's love is tested, and she must overcome her mental and emotional barriers to allow her love to thrive once again.

BEST IN SHOW: HONORABLE MENTION

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CATEGORY: 3D ANIMATION

UMBRELLA

Directed by Helena Hilario and Mario Pece | Sao Paulo, Brazil

While visiting a home for children, a little girl meets Joseph, a boy whose only dream is to have a yellow umbrella. This unexpected encounter awakens his memories of the past. Inspired by true events, Umbrella is a homage to empathy, hope and love.

3D ANIMATION: FIRST PLACE

FUSSEL

Directed by Alex Berweck | Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

Fussel, the friendly monster, finds the beginning of a red string. This sparks his interest and he heads out to find out what's at the end. On his journey he meets different looking monsters, of which everyone has it's own theory about the end of the string. Curiously they join Fussel on his journey. Being different isn't a problem in this group and together they head out to face challenges on their way to becoming friends.
Environments and Characters were created with the new VR software Quill to challenge traditional asset creation in 3D animation.

3D ANIMATION: HONORABLE MENTION

TOBI & THE TURBOBUS

Directed by Verena Fels and Marc Angele | Ludwigsburg, Germany

You fly with no seat! That's the rule in the Turbobus. To get one is a hard day job for a young wolf on his turbo-journey to find real friendship.

3D ANIMATION: HONORABLE MENTION

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CATEGORY: 2D ANIMATION

FAMILY BONDS

Directed by Maria Schmidt | Ludwigsburg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

The little fox Hugo has a happy family, but it’s a bit unsual - his parents are geese. They live an harmonic life until one day Hugo discovers a grown fox attacking another goose. This results into the most challenging and difficult situation our little patchwork-family has to overcome before Hugo ultimately finds out who he really is and that family is a feeling and not a matter of heritage..

2D ANIMATION: FIRST PLACE (Tied)

KING OF THE HOUSE

Directed by Zige Zhang | Chicago, IL

Our story follows Gloria, an Italian mother with a heart full of love. However, Gloria struggles with great loss and even turns to addiction to numb the pain. Gloria's love is tested, and she must overcome her mental and emotional barriers to allow her love to thrive once again. 

2D ANIMATION: FIRST PLACE (Tied)

FLAP

Directed by Jessica Gallaher | Washington

Flap is 2D short about a girl named Harper who twitches and shakes her hands in order to engage with her big imagination. For the first time, Harper comes to understand how her hand flapping is seen in the eyes of others.

2D ANIMATION: HONORABLE MENTION

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CATEGORY: FRAME-BY-FRAME/TRADITIONAL