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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.

Freeze Frame Soetkin Verstegen

SEAFF IV | Freeze Frame | Soetkin Verstegen

Freeze frame: the most absurd technique since the invention of the moving image. Through an elaborate process of duplicating the same image over and over again, it creates the illusion of stillness. In this stop motion film, identical figures perform the hopeless task of preserving blocks of ice, like archivists. The repetitive movements reanimate the animals captured inside.

Soetkin Verstegen is an independent film maker from Brussels, Belgium. She previously made the short animated documentary ‘Mr Sand’ (2016) during AniDoxResidency at the Animation Workshop in Denmark. She was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany, grant receiver at Saari residency in Finland and resident at Artists-in-labs programm, Switzerland. She works as a freelancer for animation short films and TV series and teaches animation workshops.