"Mary and Max" gets top Ottawa animation fest prize

Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:33am EDT
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - "Mary and Max," a claymation film from Oscar-winning Australian animator Adam Elliot and voiced by Toni Collette, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Barry Humphries, earned the grand prize for best animated feature at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, which wrapped Sunday night.

The Ottawa jury also gave honorable mention to "My Dog Tulip," from U.S. directors Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, an animated feature voiced by Christopher Plummer, Isabella Rosseillini and Lynn Redgrave.

And the Estonian film "Kaasundinud Kohustused," (Inherent Obligations) by Rao Heidmets picked up the grand prize for best independent short animation.

The 33rd Ottawa animation festival also awarded "Madagascar, A Journal Diary" from French director Bastien Dubois the best adult TV animation trophy and the NFB Public Prize.