Another win for Tutli

Stop-motion short wins best animation prize at WSFF, putting it in line for the Oscars, while Après tout takes best Canuck short and cinematography

Less than a month after its award-winning stop at Cannes, Madame Tutli-Putli came out on top again at Sunday’s close of the Worldwide Short Film Festival, taking the win for best animated short.

The prize — presented to filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski — comes with $5,000 and follows their twin wins at Cannes, where their National Film Board-backed stop-motion animation won both best short and the Petit Rail d’Or audience award. The win also puts Tutli-Putli in the running to be nominated for the 2008 Academy Awards.

Producer Marcy Page and exec David Verrall have been down that road twice already, having both worked on the Oscar-winners Ryan and The Danish Poet.

Best live-action short, a win that also brings Oscar eligibility, went to U.K. director Simon Ellis for his drama Soft.

The short Après tout (After All), lauded by the jury as ‘visually stunning,’ won both best Canadian short, netting a $10,000 cheque for director Alexis Fortier Gauthier, and best cinematography, a win shared by Fortier Gauthier and DOP Phillipe Roy.

Other big winners at the WSFF include: Nicolas Roy, who took best emerging Canuck filmmaker and $5,000 for Sunday; Christian Laurence’s The Nautical Education, winner of best experimental short; Ireland’s Ken Wardrop, who took home best documentary for Farewell Packs of Ten; and audience favorite It’s My Turn Now, by Jvrgen Hjerdt of Sweden.