The animated film by Tomek Popakul and Kasumi Ozeki stole the hearts of jurors at the famous Ottawa International Animation Festival in Canada. It was named best narrative short of the festival.

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is the oldest and most important event dedicated to animation in North America. The history of the Canadian festival began in 1976 with the first edition of the then biennial International Animation Festival.

It grows slowly like an icicle, but one day it falls and crashes.
Anka loves cats. And Jesus. In the winter silence, the lagoon freezes over and the unspeakable appears like a crack in the ice. A mosaic portrait of a small fishing village, where man and man, man and animal, animal and animal are interdependent in a delicate balance of warm, tender care and cold, emotional cruelty. Zima is an amazing story about loneliness and community in the spirit of magical realism.

A list of all of this year’s winners can be found here.