2022 JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARDS 

We’re proud to share the winners of this year’s jury and audience prizes at GIRAF. The festival jury was Greg Doble, an animator and director of short animated films currently based in Montreal, QC; Siloën Daley, founder of Halifax's Carbon Arc Cinema and the Animation Festival of Halifax, and currently part of Nelson, BC's Civic Theatre Society; and Animation Obsessive, an outlet run by a small collective of writers and artists in the United States. We're grateful to the jury for working their way through over 11 hours of short films and difficult deliberations to arrive at the award-winners below.

JURY STATEMENT

GIRAF International Animation Festival wonderfully encapsulates the best of contemporary independent animation, bringing together top Canadian talent, as well as animation innovators from around the world. In 2021, its Indie Mixtape genre served up a little bit of everything, the Canadian Showcase featured some of the most beautifully creative works this country has cooked up over the last couple of years, and Cosmic Trips took us to other worlds and back. All this to say, GIRAF 2021 not only had something for everyone, but the best the world has to offer, perfectly curated on their online platform so that you can choose your own adventure! Entranced, shocked, heartbroken, or in stitches laughing, GIRAF 2021 had it all, and I personally can’t wait to see what GIRAF 2022 brings next.

- Greg Doble

JURY AWARDS

Our jury awards for Best Canadian Short Film and Best International Short Film both come with a $200CAD cash prize for the filmmakers.

JURY AWARD: TITLE OF AWARD

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

CANADA, 2022

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

A haunting meditation on self-worth, love and loneliness in the world of impersonal online infrastructure. With this painterly film, Bracken expresses mysterious truths about a digital way of life whose implications we're only just beginning to understand.

- Greg Doble

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HONORABLE MENTION

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

LOCATION, 2022

I’m not alone in feeling drawn to something tactile and showing life. Literally placing petals and garden found items to the metals in the alchemicy found on light sensitive film stock then hand processing, Petal to the Metal allows the artist to work directly with the film, bypassing the camera lens and creating a beautiful play with nature.

- Siloën Daley

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JURY AWARD: TITLE OF AWARD

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

CANADA, 2022

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

A haunting meditation on self-worth, love and loneliness in the world of impersonal online infrastructure. With this painterly film, Bracken expresses mysterious truths about a digital way of life whose implications we're only just beginning to understand.

- Greg Doble

HONORABLE MENTION

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

LOCATION, 2022

I’m not alone in feeling drawn to something tactile and showing life. Literally placing petals and garden found items to the metals in the alchemicy found on light sensitive film stock then hand processing, Petal to the Metal allows the artist to work directly with the film, bypassing the camera lens and creating a beautiful play with nature.

- Siloën Daley

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS 

We ask our audience to rate all the shorts they watch at GIRAF, so we can say with mathematical certainty that the films below are the selections that blew their minds. As you'll see, the GIRAF audience was truly fearless this year, embracing films with difficult themes, dark subject matter, and experimental forms. We couldn't be more proud.

AUDIENCE AWARD: TITLE OF AWARD

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

CANADA, 2022

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

A haunting meditation on self-worth, love and loneliness in the world of impersonal online infrastructure. With this painterly film, Bracken expresses mysterious truths about a digital way of life whose implications we're only just beginning to understand.

- Greg Doble

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HONORABLE MENTION

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

LOCATION, 2022

I’m not alone in feeling drawn to something tactile and showing life. Literally placing petals and garden found items to the metals in the alchemicy found on light sensitive film stock then hand processing, Petal to the Metal allows the artist to work directly with the film, bypassing the camera lens and creating a beautiful play with nature.

- Siloën Daley

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​AUDIENCE AWARD: TITLE OF AWARD

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

CANADA, 2022

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

A haunting meditation on self-worth, love and loneliness in the world of impersonal online infrastructure. With this painterly film, Bracken expresses mysterious truths about a digital way of life whose implications we're only just beginning to understand.

- Greg Doble

HONORABLE MENTION

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

LOCATION, 2022

I’m not alone in feeling drawn to something tactile and showing life. Literally placing petals and garden found items to the metals in the alchemicy found on light sensitive film stock then hand processing, Petal to the Metal allows the artist to work directly with the film, bypassing the camera lens and creating a beautiful play with nature.

- Siloën Daley

JURY SPECIAL MENTIONS

SPECIAL
MENTION

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

LOCATION, 2022

I’m not alone in feeling drawn to something tactile and showing life. Literally placing petals and garden found items to the metals in the alchemicy found on light sensitive film stock then hand processing, Petal to the Metal allows the artist to work directly with the film, bypassing the camera lens and creating a beautiful play with nature.

- Siloën Daley

SPECIAL
MENTION

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

LOCATION, 2022

I’m not alone in feeling drawn to something tactile and showing life. Literally placing petals and garden found items to the metals in the alchemicy found on light sensitive film stock then hand processing, Petal to the Metal allows the artist to work directly with the film, bypassing the camera lens and creating a beautiful play with nature.

- Siloën Daley

SPECIAL
MENTION

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

LOCATION, 2022

I’m not alone in feeling drawn to something tactile and showing life. Literally placing petals and garden found items to the metals in the alchemicy found on light sensitive film stock then hand processing, Petal to the Metal allows the artist to work directly with the film, bypassing the camera lens and creating a beautiful play with nature.

- Siloën Daley

SPECIAL
MENTION

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

LOCATION, 2022

I’m not alone in feeling drawn to something tactile and showing life. Literally placing petals and garden found items to the metals in the alchemicy found on light sensitive film stock then hand processing, Petal to the Metal allows the artist to work directly with the film, bypassing the camera lens and creating a beautiful play with nature.

- Siloën Daley

SPECIAL
MENTION

TITLE OF
ANIMATED FILM

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

LOCATION, 2022

I’m not alone in feeling drawn to something tactile and showing life. Literally placing petals and garden found items to the metals in the alchemicy found on light sensitive film stock then hand processing, Petal to the Metal allows the artist to work directly with the film, bypassing the camera lens and creating a beautiful play with nature.

- Siloën Daley