SEAFF IV

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SEAFF IV | Jury & Audience award winners

We’re happy to finally announce the winners for SEAFF’s fourth edition! Despite our delays and the ongoing pandemic, or maybe because of it, this online solution lead to us reaching out to even more people than ever before. Ironic how these times are especially challenging for artists when audiences seem to crave art and culture more than ever.

Jury winner of the experimental category is Spines by collaborative duo Sois de Traca, formed by animation filmmakers María Álvarez and Elisa Morais. Constructed as a dream of a reluctant hedgehog, the film mixes real dream details with fictional scenarios. Visually, it is a combination of traditional and digital techniques including drawings, cut-outs, 2D, stop-motion and projections. This time the dream was about to make sense

Jury winner of the animated category is Nuit Chérie (Sweet Night) by Lia Bertels. In winter, in Himalaya, a bear does not manage to fall asleep. He thinks too much and is in the doldrums. When a white monkey suggests him going to eat some honey at his aunt to change him the ideas. A beautiful winter night opens has they and the bear realizes that he did well, not to fall asleep.

On a final note, we’d like to thank everyone who submitted their films this year as well as all of you watching, we hope to show you even more great films next year. Submissions for our fifth edition will open in a couple of months. Follow us here, on Facebook and Instagram for further updates.

Nuit chérie (Sweet Night) Lia Bertels

SEAFF IV | Nuit chérie (Sweet Night) | Lia Bertels

In winter, in Himalaya, a bear does not manage to fall asleep. He thinks too much and is in the doldrums. When a white monkey suggests him going to eat some honey at his aunt to change him the ideas. A beautiful winter night opens has they and the bear realizes that he did well, not to fall asleep.

Studying animation cinema at La Cambre from 2006 to 2011, Lia Bertels quickly became attached to a poetic cinema giving as much importance to writing as to the expression of her characters, all full of intentions and humor. Her work dwells on the details that say a lot about the characters and she devotes all her energy and her mind to representing the invisible in each of us, the unacknowledged gesture that betrays us all in our fairest character, leaving behind a deep lesson in humanism. From live music videos to pure illustration through her favorite instrument animation, Lia Bertels uses graphic expression in an efficient and stripped-down style, a real plea for the deep nature of beings, taking its audience into an extremely intimate sphere of perceptions and feelings.

Strange Animal Arthur B. Senra

SEAFF IV | Strange Animal | Arthur B. Senra

Strange animal, the dictatorship: men without wings, birds without feet.

Arthur B. Senra is Brazilian. He studied Film and Video and has a specialization in Creative Processes in Words and Image. He is a director of short films, music videos, professor of audiovisual workshops, and also collaborated on several film projects. His works have been featured in national and international festivals, receiving several awards. He worked as assistant director of the MUMIA – Underground World Animation Festival from 2006 to 2015. From 2016 to 2018 he was curator and programmer of the Sesc Palladium movie theater in Belo Horizonte (Brazil). Currently lives in Brasilia and works as curator and programmer of film festivals.

Love me, fear me Veronica Solomon

SEAFF IV | Love me, fear me | Veronica Solomon

LOVE ME, FEAR ME is a dance metaphor about the roles we play and the shapes we take, about the stages we chose, the audience we try to impress and the price of acceptance.

Born in Romania in 1980, currently living in Berlin, Germany. Owning a degree in Fine Arts (2003), Veronica Solomon began a self-training process to become an animator alongside doing comics and illustration. In 2017 she graduated from the Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF with a BA in Animation.

PREY Jing Sun

SEAFF IV | Prey | Jing Sun

As an ancient eastern proverb described: “a mantis hunting the cicada unknowingly falls prey to the eyes of an oriole.”— the most vivid view of natural cycle in human societies is best seen through lens of karma on a microscopic scale.

Jing Sun is an animation director/animator based in Chengdu, China and Los Angeles. In 2018, she graduated from California State University Los Angeles where she is majoring in animation studies with a concentration in aesthetic animation shorts. Her interest in animation began during the last two years of her BFA study in Jilin Animation institute in China when she had the opportunities to cooperate with Dmitry Geller, a Russian independent animation director. Their animation shorts like I Saw Mice Burying A Cat won numerous awards all over the world, including the Grand Prix Festival, in Hiroshima, Japan,the Best Short Film in with “Golden Monkey” in China,and the Special Jury Prize with “Suzdal” in Russia. Inspired by this international cooperation, Jing went to the United States to pursue her MFA from 2014 to 2018. During the four yeas study, she has completed her first independent animation short, “The Old Man and The Pears” in 2016 and her thesis project “Prey” in 2018. Her goal is to continue to explore in the aesthetic areas of animation, to invent and explore more possibilities in visualization.