By Gergely Wootsch
Winner 2012 – Best Animated Film
A young boy’s chimerical journey from a small English town that leads him to an all-defining conclusion.
About the director
Born in Budapest, in 1985, Gergely became interested in arts and design at an early age. In 2006 he moved to England to pursue studies in animation, and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with his thesis film “This is Not Real”.
Complex, story-within-story structure with a beautiful palette of blues and greys. Almost a German Expressionist feel about it, with strong, strange lines and angles. A child’s story but with a grown-up psychology. Engrossing and disturbingly beautiful. – Tim McInnerny
Confident use of unusually cinematic angles for an animated piece. Great skies and weather. Commendable sound design. Nice balance of bleak dystopian adult world versus the virulent imagination of a child. – Jim Field Smith
Loved the use of computer animation. Thought the reality/fantasy blurring was beautifully handled. A dark glimpse into the not-too distant future. Great soundscape too. – Steve Furst