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AWARD WINNERS & HONOURABLE

BEST ANIMATION 2023

BEST FILM 
MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MARRIAGE
directed by Signe Baumane

A bold and brilliant animated feminist feature. Hungry for love and acceptance, Zelma feels incomplete. Hounded by a Greek chorus, she sets out on a 23-year quest for perfect love and a lasting marriage, unaware that her own biology is the force to be reckoned with.

BEST FOREIGN SHORT ANIMATION
DANCING AMID THE FIRE, RISING ABOVE THE RUINS
directed by Essmat Sophie
​Life and death are intertwined for Tara, a little girl from Iran’s Kurdish ethnic group. Mothers visit the graves of loved ones, victims of Iran’s revolution in 1979, as Tara and her friends play hide and seek among the graves. Amidst the chaos of the intensifying conflict, Tara receives a fantastic gift of red shoes on New Year’s.