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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.

Move John Graham

SEAFF IV | Move | John Graham

MOVE depicts the surreal dream life of a young comatose man, and how it attempts to guide him to consciousness. Although he seems to be disconnected from life, his interior self echoes symbols of caring from the outer conscious world. Even after he appears to awaken, his imagination presents more ambiguity.

John is a multidisciplinary visual artist and independent filmmaker based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. John’s award winning short experimental films have been screened at over 70 film festivals worldwide in 16 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, UK, and the USA. In making a crossover to independent film-making, John has found that his surrealist tendencies can be potently expressed in short film.

SEAFF III | GIF Me Something To Hold On To

GIF ME SOMETHING TO HOLD ON TO is an experimental short film full of bold colours and frantic textures. It is an exploration of the animated GIF, especially the seamless looping aspect of the medium.

Chhaya Naran is a queer, trans artist and animator. Currently based in Vancouver, BC, they hail from Ontario, and are a part of the South Asian diaspora. Alongside their animation practice, Chhaya is also a writer and a creator of zines. In all their work, Chhaya is influenced by their multiple overlapping identities, as well as a love for friends, family, food, and fantasy.