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Estonian animator Riho Unt won the Grand Prix at the CINANIMA festival


The animation „The Master“ by Riho Unt won the Grand Prix in Espinho, Portugal at the 39-th CINANIMA Animation Festival. CINANIMA is one of the world's most important animation film festivals, and winning the Grand Prix provides, among ohter things, the opportunity to present the film for an Oscar.

This is the third international recognition for "The Master" – in June it won the jury award in Annecy (AIAFF) and in October at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) it won the prize for Best Narrative Short Animation.

„The Master“ has been in the program of more than 50 international festivals, most importantly at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF), Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF), Busan Short Film Festival, Anima Mundi International Animation Festival of Brazil,  International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, Animafest in Zagreb and the Krakow Film Festival. It has won 7 prizes at different festivals.

“The Master” is based on the short story, “Popi and Huhuu”, by the Estonian author, Friedebert Tuglas, and tells a story of a dog Popi and a monkey named Huhuu, who are waiting for their master to come home. But one day it becomes clear that he’s not going to be coming home anymore. From that day their mutual lives begin. While he is actually smarter and stronger than his simian companion, Popi capitulates to every one of Huhuu’s whims in a show of obedience and subservience. Huhuu, meanwhile, becomes a symbol of debauchery and lunacy.

The film features the music of Estonian composers Lepo Sumera and Arvo Pärt.


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