NUR-SULTAN – “The House on Wheels”, an animated short, directed by Azizbek Mukhamedov from Uzbekistan, was named best animated film at the ÁMEN International Animated Film Festival which took place from 29 to October 30 in Turkestan, reports the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science.
The festival is named after Kazakh animator-director Amen Kaidarov, who helped develop the country’s animation industry.
The festival organizers received 57 applications and 49 passed the selection. Animators from Azerbaijan, Bashkortostan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Tatarstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan presented their work in two categories: animated film and student work.
Mukhamedov’s “House on Wheels” tells the story of a man whose life changes dramatically when he follows the advice of malicious people.
The winner also presented the film “Volshebnyi tanbur” (A magical tanbur), which won the “Best Production Designer” nomination.
“It is an honor to receive this prestigious award. I am encouraged that our work has been greatly appreciated. I am sure that our viewers and the creative group involved in the production of the film will be especially happy to receive this award, ”Mukhamedov said.
The jury for the competition was made up of personalities from the domestic and foreign animation industry, including Russian animator Alexander Dorogov, who founded the Animation Institute and has has participated in over 40 projects such as “Nu, Pogodi” (Well, just wait for Russian), “Mulan”, “The Lion King” and “Fixiki”, produced by Soyuzmultfilm, a Russian animation studio, and Disney.
The festival was held in the spiritual capital of the Turkish world, which promotes the spirit of consolidation of the Turkish people with representatives of Kazakh animation and leading animation directors from Turkish-speaking countries proposing to create a unique organization of ‘Turkish entertainers at its end.
Aday Abilda, who is the general producer of the National Film Support Center, said the proposal was appropriate, saying they had been discussing the creation of such a center for several years. He noted that this platform should bring together experts and animation production companies from Turkish countries.