The short film “Extraordinary Day” by French director Joanna Lurie won Wednesday night the grand prize of the 18th edition of the International Festival of Animated Cinema Meknes (FICAM).
The prize for the best student film of this cultural event, placed under the High Patronage of King Mohammed VI, was awarded to the Japanese Tomoki Misato for his work ” My little goat”.
In the same section, the jury gave a special mention to the film ”I go out to buy cigarettes” from French director Osman Cerfon.
In the ”long Compet” category, the public’s prize went to Japanese Kitaro Kosaka for his work “Okko and the Ghosts”.
The grand prize for the best feature was won by the Brazilian Gustavo Steinberg for his film “Tito and the Birds”.
The 18th edition of FICAM (March 22-27) saw the participation of 53 short films in official competition. She devoted a focus to Spanish animated cinema, with the presence of great personalities.
The opening ceremony was also marked by the presentation of the grand Aïcha animation prize to young Meknassi Anas Doujdid and a tribute to Didier Brunner, French film producer.
The FICAM team received this year more than 300 animated short films from 16 countries with different animation techniques.
A record participation, which translates, according to the organizers, the loyalty of prestigious institutions of global animation, including the Powder Magazine, the Gobelins, the National Film Board of Canada (ONF), the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts of Beirut, Royal College of Art in London and La Geidai (Tokyo University of Art).
Presided by Michael Dudok de Wit, Dutch director (César 1996 for The Monk and the Fish, Oscar in 2001 for Father and Daughter and Special Prize a certain look, Cannes Festival, in 2016 for The Red Turtle), the Jury of the ‘Courts Compet’ ” was composed by Samia Akariou, Moroccan actress and screenwriter and Marc du Pontavice, President of Xilam Animation (Oggy and Cockroaches, Sharko, Les Dalton).
For a whole week, the public was able to watch unprecedented screenings, exhibitions, round tables, meetings, an international short and animation feature film competition and an important section dedicated to the training of students from schools of art. art and audiovisual in Morocco.
The festival, which began in 2001 at the French Institute of Meknes, is becoming a must-see film event in Morocco and Africa. It attracts every year a large audience of students, families, professionals and students from all Moroccan public schools dedicated to art and cinema. Since 2015, FICAM has been part of the France-Morocco Cultural Season.