EN - Fifty-something Willy returns to the naturist community where he has spend his youth to visit his dying mother. When she dies shortly after he arrives, Willy is confronted with the choices he made in his life. In confused sadness he flees away into the forest. After a rough start he finds the motherly protection of a big gentle hairy beast.
|Original title||Oh Willy...|
|Category||Shorts , Animation|
|Genre||magic realistic comedy|
|Year of production||2011|
|World première / first public presentation||2012-02-01|
|Photography||Marc James Roels|
|Editing||Marc James Roels|
|Art director||Emma De Swaef|
|Animation||Andreas De Ridder, Alice Tambellini, Steven De Beul, Emma De Swaef|
|Running time film||16' 42"|
|Other available formats||DCP / DigiBèta / HDCam / H264 / ProRes422 / dvd|
1.Holland Animation Film Festival 2012 (Grand Prix)
2.Anifilm Trebon 2012 (Best Short)
3.Brussels Short Film Festival 2012 (Jury Award)
4.Animafest Zagreb (Grand Prix)
5.Animafest Zagreb (Audience Award)
6.Open cinema St Petersburg (Best Animation)
7.Lucania Italy (Best Animation)
8.Fantoche Switzerland 2012 (Grand Prix)
9.Animanima Serbia 2012 (Grand Prix)
10. Silhouette Festival Paris (Grand Prix)
11. Cartoon d'or 2012 (Winner)
12. Sapporo Japan 2012 (Best Animation)
13. KROK Ukraine 2012 (Special jury Prize)
14. Drama Greece 2012 (Best Animation)
15. Encounters Bristol 2012 (Animated Grand Prix)
16. Animage Brazil 2012 (Best Direction)
17. Animage Brazil 2012 (Best Photography)
18. Canterbury Anifest 2012 (Best International Short)
19. Tofuzi Batumi Georgia (Best Direction)
20. Anim'est Bucarest Romania (Grand Prix)
21. Animatou Geneva (Best International Short)
22. Se-ma-for Festival Poland (Audience Award)
23. Eberswalde Germany (Best Animation)
24. SoDak Film Festival South Dakota (Best Indie Short)
25. Chicago Film Festival (Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short)
26. Lille Film Festival (Grand Prix)
27. Expotoons Argentina (First Prize Short Film)
28. Molodist Kiev (Best Short Film)
29. Molodist Kiev (Ecumenical Jury Award)
30. Banja Luka Bosnia (Best Puppet Animation)
31. Dok Leipzig (Audience Award)
32. LIAF London (Special Jury Award)
33. GiraFest Canada (Best of Best)
34. GiraFest Canada (Audience Award)
35. AfiFest LA (Grand Jury Award)
36. Klik! Amsterdam (Best Animated Short)
37. Cork Film Festival (Award of the Festival for Best Short Film)
38. Cinanima Espinho (RTP2-Award)
39. Cinanima Espinho (Best Short Film 5-20 minutes)
40. Bradford Animation Film Festival (Best Professional Film)
41. Animated Dreams Tallinn (Grand Prix)
42. Filmets Badalona (Best Film)
43. L’Alternativa Barcelona (Audience Award)
44. Zinebi Bilbao (Cine Club Fas)
45.Festival International du Film d’Amiens (Grand Prix du Court Métrage d’Animation).
46. Foyle Int Film Festival Derry (Best Animation)
47. Tirana International Film Festival 2012 (Beast Short Animation)
48. Les Sommets du Cinema d’Animation Quebec (Grand Prize)
49. Les Sommets du Cinema d’Animation Quebec (Audience Award)
50. The International Stop Motion Festival of Brazil, Recife (Best Photography)
51. The International Stop Motion Festival of Brazil, Recife (Best Art Direction)
1.Fest Anca Slovakia (Special Jury Mention)
2.Odense Denmark (Special Jury Mention)
3.Anibar Kosovo (Special Jury Mention)
4.Sedicicorto Italy (Special Mention)
5.Nice Short Film Festival (Special Jury Mention)
6.Dok Leipzig (Special Jury Mention)
7.Brussels Cinéma Independent (Special Mention)
8.International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima Krakow (Special mention)
Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels’ short film Oh Willy… has won yet another two international awards. The stop motion short was awarded Best Animated Short at the International Animation Film Festival ‘Golden Kuker’ in Sofia, Bulgaria (7-12 May). It also won the Best International Short Award at the Chilemonos Animation Festival in Chili (8-12 May), making it the 75th recognition on the film’s slate since its world premiere at the 2012 Clermont-Ferrand film fest.
Only last week Oh Willy… took home Stuttgart’s Grand Prix, while the short film can now add number 75 to its list of international awards and special mentions. Highlights in Willy’s career were the Cartoon d’Or, which the short won in 2012, and its nomination for the French Césars in 2013.
Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette’s documentary Rain will have its US premiere in the documentary competition of LA Film Fest (13 – 23 June 2013). Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s feature film The Fifth Season has been selected for the International Showcase in LA while the award-winning animated short film Oh Willy… by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels was confirmed for the short film program.
On 25 May 2011 the world renowned Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris presented 'Rain', its first ever performance of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Directors Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance.
Jan and Raf Roosens’s short Skunk has been selected for the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in Germany (2-7 May). Other Flemish shorts in the Oberhausen line-up are Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s award-winning animated short Oh Willy… and Herman Asselberghs’ Speech Act.
The Roosens brothers quickly made a name for themselves in the advertising world as directors. Skunk is their first short film for Antwerp-based production company Rococo. Producer was Caroline van Ranst.
Matthias Schoenaerts, Michaël R. Roskams feature debut Bullhead and the animated short film Oh Willy… by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels are among the nominees for this year’s Césars, the French counterparts of the Oscars. The Flemish co-production Our Children is also nominated. The Awards Ceremony takes place on 22 February.
Matthias Schoenaerts grabbed a nomination in the category Meilleur Espoir Masculin (Most Promising Male Actor) for his role in the French-Belgian co-production Rust and Bone. Directed by Jacques Audiard, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s award winning animated short Oh Willy… has been selected for competition in both the European Short Films and European Animated Films sections of the European First Film Festival (18 -27 January) in Angers, France. Wouter Bouvijn’s short film Crossroads is also running in competition in the Student Film programme of the fest.
Crossroads could win the Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award or Students of Angers Award at the fest, all worth € 1,500. Oh Willy… also has a chance of winning the Grand Jury Prize in both the short film and animated film competition. Besides the titles in competition, Jonas Geirnaert’s short Flatlife is screening in the side bar ‘short films for children’ which features the best animated shorts of the festival’s past 25 years. In 2004 Flatlife won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Last edited on 13 March 2013