SFF 2017 Awards

The winner of the Swedenborg Film Festival 2017 is:

Fenglin Chen for Delicatessen

Guest judge Ali Smith also reserved special mentions for:

Atobe Hiroshi, Drops and Stardust

Michelle Brand, Not the Same River, Not the Same Man

Chay Milne, Scotch Broth

about the winners and special mentions

Fenglin Chen lives and works in Macau and Nanjing. She is a recent graduate from the Art Institute of Chicago, who spends most of her time drawing creatures frame by frame. She transferred from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China to the Art Institute of Chicago as a painter and photographer, but after three and a half years of learning and experimenting her major focuses right now are 2D experimental animation and comics. In her work one finds a mixture of social realism, theatrical fiction and aesthetic surrealism.

Delicatessen: A supermarket love story that plays with food as a metaphor for sensual desire. In this surreal animation, passions turn food alive into uncanny composites of limbs, organs and transcendent possibility.

Atobe Hiroshi was born in1985 in Nagano, Japan, and is a graduate from Seian University of Art and Design. Atobe is an experimental filmmaker mainly interested in the kinetic behaviour of household commodities and electrical products. Screenings and exhibitions include ‘Water : Take’ 1, California, USA (2016); Moving-Image-Arts International Short Film Festival, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada (2017); ‘Best Experimental Short Award’ at the Buddha International Film Festival, Pune, India (2017); and So Limitless And Free Film Festival, Beaubien Theatre, Montreal, Canada (2017).

Drops and Stardust: Water drops turning to the starry night. I found two words 'spontaneously' and 'simultaneously' alongside one another in a vocabulary notebook and thought it seemed to be wonderful that the meanings of the two words conjoined. I embody the idea by using a turntable with a running mirror under the photo panel, and it could imply how I and others relate across the media symbolically. Consquently water turns into the starry night, like howling dreams come true.

Michelle Brand was born in 1994 in Cologne, and lives and works in London. She is a freelance 2D animator. Brand moved to England to study Animation at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham (2014-17) and is currently studying for an Animation MA at the Royal College of Arts (London). Her films have been shown at the London International Animation Festival, Anifilm, Aesthetica Short Film Festival and Athens Animfest. She won the German Multimedia Award in 2012 and 2016, and was nominated for ‘Best Animation’ and ‘Best Script’ by the Canterbury University Film Festival.

Not the Same River, Not the Same Man: A fisherman takes his boat out on the river. While he and his surroundings are in constant flow, the viewer observes the passing of time, watching everything go through movement and change. In an ever-flowing cycle, things come to be, change, evolve, and pass on...

'No man ever steps in the same river twice. As it's not the same river, and he's not the same man.' (Heraklit)

Created with acrylic paints, this animation explores the idea of time and movement in animation. As we believe, only through change and movement, we can perceive time. In animation, this relationship is deepened as only through change time and movement, can exist, with a change happening frame by frame.

Chay Milne was born in Shetland in 1993 and lives and works in Aberdeen. He is an independent filmmaker with a penchant for vivid animation and growling voices. A graduate of Newport Film School, he enjoys exploring unconventional desire, outdated technology and storytelling in pubs. Raised on highland football, cinematography and surreal wee towns, he strives to uncover sublimity hidden in regional crevices. His graduate short Papa’s Portable Crematorium (2014) was screened across Brighton and Scottish Kids are Haunted (2016) in Aberdeen Film Festival.

Scotch Broth: Explores a psychedelic Aberdeen amidst an industrial drought. A monochrome city associated with oil and grey, I wanted to capture its true fluctuating pulse in a bottle. Deconstructing local cuisine and a pub ran by a lovely old gent, Broth is littered with visceral lyricism. I have chosen to unify hand drawn animation with live action footage to manifest the protagonists' intoxicated dreams and repressed city envy. the short dares to ask what it means to be Scottish.