Last week, our short film ‘The Gruffalo’ by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang has been choosen as the best children’s fiction programme of the last 50 years at this year’s Prix Jeunesse in Munich. ‘The Little Boy And The Beast’ by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötter has been one of the finalists of this section as well.
The “Little Boy and the Beast”, directed by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötter, has been awarded as Best European Animated Short in Sopot, Poland on September 15th. We feel very honored. Many, many thanks to the jury! To be in a group with Verena Fels’ “Mobile”, Damian Nenow’s “Paths of Hate”, André Bergs’ “Pivot”, David O’Reilly’s “The External World” and finally Jakob Schuh’s and Max Lang’s film “The Gruffalo” is really special.
Good news from Asia: In Korea our shortfilm “The litte Boy and the Beast” won 2011’s Grand Prix at SICAF in Seoul, in Thailand the film was recently awarded as “The Best Short Film suitable for older than 7 year old.” We’re very happy, thank you! (click on image to embiggen Uwe Heidschoetter’s lovely design.)
We’re delighted to hear that “The Little Boy and the Beast” has been awarded as Best Animated Short Film at the New York International Children’s Film Festival. The NYICFF states as its mission “to promote intelligent, passionate, provocative cinematic works for ages 3–18 and to help define a more compelling film for kids.” We’re very happy to have been been a part of this. Thanks to the audience and the jury!
If you are in Brussels for Anima 2011 this week you have several opportunities to take a look at our work: Our shortfilm “The Little Boy and the Beast” will be screened on Wednesday, March, 9th at 5:30 pm in Studio 5 and a second time on Thursday, March, 10th at 9:30 pm in Studio 4. Also there is a special screening that shows only films by studio soi. The screening will include “The Gruffalo“, “Oli’s chance” and “Angel afoot” amongst others. The screening is scheduled on March 11th at 8:00 pm in Studio 4. Soi’s co-founder Torben Meier will be present and happy to answer any questions.
We’re delighted to hear that Studio Soi’s “The Little Boy and The Beast” continues to find friends whereever it goes. The film, directed by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschoetter, has recently been awarded the Grand Prix at the “Animated Encounters” festival in Bristol. Thank you, Bristol!
“The Gruffalo” and “The Little Boy and The Beast”, together with Soi’s Jakob Schuh, recently visited The Windy City to find that our films had won three awards at the wonderful “27th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival“. “The Gruffalo picked up “The Best of the Fest” and a Second Prize for “Best Animated Short”. “The Little Boy and The Beast” was awarded as “Best Animated Television Production”. We’re very happy, we had a great time there, thank you, fine people of CICFF.
We are delighted to hear that “The Gruffalo” was awarded at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival as the 2010 Best Television Made for Children. Once again many thanks to the team with directors Jakob Schuh and Max Lang. Besides that, “The Gruffalo” has also won the CIFEJ-Prize at the Biennial of Animation in Bratislava where “The Little Boy and the Beast” was awarded with the UNICEF-Prize. Uwe Heidschötter’s and Johannes Weiland’s short “The Little Boy and the Beast” has also received the Award for the Best Short Film in the Minmest section of the Anim’est Festival in Romania. Many thanks to the juries!
And in December, again in Seoul, at SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 (held from December 15 to 18) there will be a screening of our film “The Gruffalo”, as well as another screening of “The Little Boy and The Beast”.
“The Little Boy and The Beast” is also shown at DOK Leipzig (October 18th to 24th).
The Chicago Children’s Festival will be screening our half hour special “The Gruffalo” as well as the short film “The Little Boy and The Beast” in the time from October 22th to the 31st.
Almost at the same time but further north: The Canadian premier of “The Gruffalo” will be at the Animationfestival in Ottawa (October 20th to 24th).
If you’re in Bristol for the Animated Encounters Festival from November, 16th to the 21st you will be able to watch “The Little Boy and The Beast”.
We just received wonderful news from Sapporo:
“The Little Boy and The Beast” was awarded for the Best Children Short and the half hour special we did with Magic Light pictures for the BBC “The Gruffalo” received the Best Children Choice Award Silver!
We are extremely honoured and happy for both the awards and would like to give our thanks to the festival and the juries.
Unfortunately, we hadn’t got the chance to attend this year’s Animadrid Festival. We thank the jury for awarding “The Little Boy and the Beast” as the Mejor Cortometraje Infantil.
Our short “The Little Boy and the Beast” was also awarded at the KROK Festival as the Best Film for Children and received a Special Distinction in the Short Film Competition at CICDAF in China. In Amsterdam at the KLIK Festival the short got an honourable mention, it was runner up at the Erich-Kästner-Award in Berlin.
The next chance to see “The Little Boy and the Beast” will be this Sunday. The broadcaster KIKA will show “The Beast” on September, 26th at 08.55 as well as on Monday, 27th at 09.25 am as part of the preschool TV-show “Siebenstein”.
We’re delighted to hear that Soi’s “The Gruffalo” has been awarded ‘Best Short for Children’ at Anima Mundi, Sao Paulo, and was a runner up for the same award at Anima Mundi, Rio de Janeiro. Soi’s “The Little Boy and the Beast” won ‘Best Short’ in Sao Paulo and again was the runner up for the same award in Rio. The Professional Jury also awarded Marcus Sauermann’s script for “The Little Boy and the Beast” as ‘Best Script’.