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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.

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.

Floatl Jan Luis Gottwald

SEAFF IV | Floatl | Jan Luis Gottwald

Floatl is a hybrid stop-motion animation made in Mexico City and Berlin. It combines analog materials with multilayered compositing of video and drawings. It is an audio-visual experience where we witness a realm of wonder, contemplation, moving textures and dissolving colors. In this imaginary aquatic world two characters meet and it ignites a poetic dialog between the two elements. Fire and water. Let it Floatl.

Jan Luis Gottwald was born in Poland. He studied animation for two years and is now studying Fine Arts at UdK Berlin. As his medium of expression he uses various techniques which he combines in hybrid stop motion animations. It is an alchemical amalgamation of painting animation, puppet animation, sculpture, real live video, green screen footage and object animation.

Magnitude Kai Welf Hoyme

SEAFF IV | Magnitude | Kai Welf Hoyme

“Magnitude gives a personal insight into the biography of my mother and combines it with portraits of people and landscapes of the Niederrhein area in mid-west Germany.”

Kai Welf Hoyme was born 1979 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. He holds a MFA in Audiovisual Media from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and a M.A. in cultural and social sciences from the RUB. Since 2003 international exhibitions and screenings including European Media Art festival, Invideo Milano, Images Festival Toronto, Oberhausen Shortfilm Fest., Japan Video Dance Festival Tokyo; File, Sao Paulo; Anchorage Museum, Museum Schloss Rheydt; Durban Int. Film Festival, Time is Love 10, ZKM Karlsruhe and Frame Research, National Museum Soares dos Reis Porto. He works and lives in Cologne and Moenchengladbach.

Postpartum Henriette Rietz

SEAFF IV | Postpartum | Henriette Rietz

The animated film »POSTPARTUM« is about the chaotic phase in life of a new mother. Pumped up with hormones and lacking sleep, this intense time has burned deep into the protagonist’s heart. This film is an honest and very personal insight into the world of an overwhelmed mother, who seriously thought that parental leave would become a sort of sabbatical.

Henriette Rietz is a Berlin based visual storyteller with an edgy, loud and straight forward style. As her alter ego Herzette, her core work is focused on illustration, gif-animation and art. With her animated short film »POSTPARTUM« (original title: »WOCHENBETT«) she is stepping into the short film scene and transformed officially into a filmmaker and director. // For over three years Henriette has been the Artdirector and Editorial Designer of the »JUICE«, Germany’s biggest Hip Hop Magazine. In 2015 she published her first animation short film »WHAT DID YOU DO?« online, where she reflects about the time after graduating from university. Since she became a mum in 2017, she only has time for really cool projects.