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"DESIGN AH!" (JAPAN)
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Educational: Primary/Elementary School

Entrant: NHK Educational Corporation for NHK / Tokyo
Production Company: NHK Educational Corproateion for NHK / Tokyo


Design is about understanding what something is all about, and then reinventing it. Making a thing more beautiful, more comfortable, easier to use. Design is about people and things, but also about people and other people. Design is a process: you observe, you think, you discover, and you act. Design Ah! is a program that shows children the joy of design. Each episode, designers at the top of their fields show children the world in a whole new light, using objects and actions that young people see every day. We believe that if children understand good design now, they'll be able to build a brighter world in the future. They'll grasp objects and ideas from different perspectives. They'll have greater insight into the nature of things, and greater potential to create things that no one has ever seen before.


"EARLY AUTUMN" (JAPAN)
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Entertainment: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: TV Movie

Entrant: CHUBU-NIPPON BROADCASTING Co.,Ltd / Nagoya
Production Company: CHUBU-NIPPON BROADCASTING Co.,Ltd / Nagoya


A widower, Matsubara has felt empty since his daughter's marriage. He has raised her all by himself. He goes to Kyoto to see his old friends because he wants something like solace. His friend, Yamabe confers on his daughter Reiko, who is supposedly employed at an exclusive nightclub and holds suspicious parties every night. This intrigues Matsubara to seek the truth. In his adventure, he finds Reiko already grown up, a stunningly beautiful lady! Will this be the start of a fairy tale or a nightmare?


"ERICSSON HISTORY FILM" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Corporate: Specialty Productions

Entrant: Jack Morton Worldwide / Acton
Sponsor/Client: Ericsson / Stockholm
Production Company: Jack Morton Worldwide / Acton


This film was screened during Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg's Keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This animated film explores Ericsson's rich heritage and achievements that makes them the company they are today. The film is split into three sections - fixed line (the past), mobile (the present) and The Networked Society (the future). Each section was designed in a different style to symbolise key moments in Ericsson history. Detailed style frames were produced for each of the three sections before we moved to the animatic. This proved very useful in the timescale as the final shot timings and framings were copied directly from the animatic itself. The design was an infographical 3D look within an abstract environment of diorama-style rooms and spaces. Talented motion designers were specifically selected for each section to take on the task of the modelling, animation, lighting and rendering. The 3500px wide and 1500px high film was completed and ready for presentation within six weeks.


"FACE HUMAN RIGHTS" (USA)
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Educational: Craft/Production Techniques: Direction

Entrant: DoRo Films International / Miami Beach, FL
Sponsor/Client: United Nations / New York, NY
ORF, Austrian Broadcasting Coporation / Graz
Production Company: DoRo Films International / Miami Beach, FL
DoRo Filmproduktionsgesellschaft MBH / Vienna


The film FACE HUMAN RIGHTS (FHR) starts with some of the oil paintings of Oskar Stocker (see chapter "Why was this film made?") and shows symbolically the human beings behind - and wants to point out: every person has a story - in our case: 124 human beings from 124 countries who had to leave their home and became refugees for various reasons: Jodgor, poet from Uzbekistan has been sentenced to death because of his regime critic poetry. He sums up what "Human Rights" means to him in one word: "JUSTICE". Donatien, student from Cameroon lost his entire family to war - to him Human Rights is "HOME". Sarina, interpreter from Tajikistan rescued her three-year-old daughter under gun fire during civil war - her word is: "LOVE". While seeing refugees in slow motion saying the words "HUMAN RIGHTS" we hear those words and others which are associated with Human Rights in various languages: English, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, African Dialects etc. etc. Then other protagonists of our Human Rights project, all refugees from different countries, having found a new home in the "Human Rights City Graz", express in one word what Human Rights mean to them: "equality, fraternity, children rights, no hate against foreigners or immigrants..." As the closing scene you see all 124 protagonists (refugees) saying: "FACE HUMAN RIGHTS". And if you, the viewer, the audience, really do - and make their stories yours - you realize: to fight for Human Rights starts with yourself.


"FAMOUSLY UNPRONOUNCEABLE" (GERMANY)
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Corporate: Public Relations

Entrant: Quadrolux GbR / Mainz
Sponsor/Client: Boehringer / Mainz
Production Company: Quadrolux GbR / Mainz


The video "Famously Unpronounceable" is not a standard corporate company video. It is therefore not what our audiences usually see from a pharmaceutical company. The 1'53" video highly shows an almost insane marketing manager who passionately introduces his parrot factory and explains his new marketing strategy using obviously induly marketing wording and overused and meaningless business phrases. He raises talking parrots, to make them spread the name Boehringer Ingelheim all over the world, because he believes, "that in this brave new world there are better marketing tools than Facebook or Twitter". Surrounded by clearly non-scientifically looking scientific staff, he reaches the end of the production line and wants to demonstrate the educational success of his project to the viewer. However, the parrot, asked by the marketing manager to deliver what he has learned, refuses to answer. After one of the attractive female teachers, however, demands the same from him, a surprising reply is given. Regardless of the marketing manager's embarrassment, the parrot is released for his transportation in a box labelled "live-animals" to its destination outside the factory. Off-camera you can finally hear the parrot cawing Boehringer Ingelheim. By then at the latest the audience watching the video have heard the name more than 20 times and should have internalized it.


"FATHER OF THE BRIDE:THE SOUNDS OF SNOW" (JAPAN)
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Entertainment: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: TV Movie

Entrant: Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. / Osaka
Production Company: Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. / Osaka


Koichiro lives with his daughter in Niigata Prefecture where the winters are cold and harsh. He and his late wife had picked name Miné or "lovely sound" when their daughter was born. But Miné is hearing impaired and destined to never hear the sounds of the world around her. It is this disability which ultimately causes her fiancé to end their marriage engagement due to pressure from his family.
To make a fresh start, Miné decides to go to Tokyo and although fearful for her safety, Koichiro gives her his blessings. Things go awry right from the start as Miné becomes a victim of a pickpocket, and her wallet and cell phone are stolen. She has no money, she can't call home, and she can't communicate her predicament to anyone. Despondent, Miné stands on the bridge wondering what to do, when Maru rushes to save her, believing that she is about to jump.
Maru takes Miné home where his parents operate a boat lodge, and they take Maru in. They contact Koichiro and reassure him that Miné can stay and work for them. In this warm environment, love blossoms. Maru introduces Miné to a new life away from the snows of Niigata. He plays the samisen for her and teaches her about "vi-bra-tion" and for the first time, Miné realizes that although she cannot hear, she can "feel" the world. Maru proposes to Miné. And Koichiro is overjoyed and relieved to find that Maru's big-hearted parents approve of the union and have no qualms whatsoever about Miné's disability. Miné, however, has reservations. She fears that if she and Maru were to become parents, she would not be able to take care of a child. Miné is still tormented by her past. When she was a child, her mother had collapsed in the snow and Miné had been helpless -- unable to cry out or get someone -- and she blames her hearing impairment for her mother's death. She is also hesitant to leave her widowed father behind. But through Maru's gentle support, she looks to the future. And she begins writing recipes and cooking instructions in a touching notebook complete with illustrations for her father. The wedding day is coming closer...


"GSTAAD - COME UP, SLOW DOWN" (SWITZERLAND)
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Corporate: Tourism Films

Entrant: Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus / Gstaad
Sponsor/Client: Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus / Gstaad
Production Company: VOLTAFILM Bern / Bern


Ben, an office worker in the early thirties is just back from a holiday. During a coffee break, and obviously still under some magic holiday effect, he is telling his colleagues about the good time he spent in Gstaad. With his stories, Ben is able to captivate his audience so that they absolutely want to know more about this place called Gstaad. The only problem they have is to remember and spell correctly the name: Gstaad.


"HAMILTON COLLEGE- THE FIRST 200 YEARS" (USA)
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Corporate: Public Relations

Entrant: Tribe Pictures / Chatham, NJ
Sponsor/Client: Hamilton College / Clinton, NJ
Production Company: Tribe Pictures / Chatham, NJ


Tribe Pictures produced a film for the College that was to be the centerpiece of a number of celebratory and fund-raising events as the College rolls out its ongoing development efforts. The film commemorated where the College has been and champion where it is going. Hamilton’s history is fundamentally tied to its purpose and its future. Through specific stories and exquisite cinematography, the video will focus not only on the history of the College and the pride people feel for it but also on the need to prepare for the future and insure that Hamilton continues to gain strength for years to come.


"I AM VERACRUZ (YO SOY VERACRUZ)" (MEXICO)
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Corporate: Tourism Films

Entrant: Industria Film Studios / Mexico D.F.
Sponsor/Client: Industria Film Studios / Mexico D.F.
Production Company: Industria Film Studios / Mexico D.F.


The video exposes the natural and cultural richness of the state of Veracruz in Mexico, located west of country bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Festivities and traditions such as the growth of coffee and tobacco, its gastronomy and intense mixture of indigenous ethic communities can be distinguished, such as the Papantla flyers that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. The music is inspired on local sound and rhythms called "Son Jarocho".


"KAZAN FINA" (RUSSIA)
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Corporate: Tourism Films

Entrant: DTV-MA Production House / Moscow
Sponsor/Client: Media Arts Group / Moscow
Production Company: DTV-MA Production House / Moscow


Advertising for an International Sporting event should not promote only the event, but the place itself, and the country. So, the presentation reflects three components: the romance - a place, an emotion - people, technology - a composition of facilities and services necessary to conduct event.


"KAZAN GATEWAY" (RUSSIA)
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Corporate: Advertising/Marketing: Business-to-Business

Entrant: DTV-MA Production House / Moscow
Sponsor/Client: Media Arts Group / Moscow
Production Company: DTV-MA Production House / Moscow


Kazan Gateway is a film that tells the world including tourists and potential investors about The Republic of Tatarstan.Promotion of the Republic of Tatarstan in the International arena. To show its dynamic development and investment opportunity. Positioning of the Republic of Tatarstan, as one of the fastest developing regions of Russia.


"LANTERN FLOATING HAWAII 2011" (USA)
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Documentary: TV: Documentary Programs: Cultural Issues

Entrant: Shinnyo-en Hawaii / Honolulu, HI
Production Company: Shinnyo-en Hawaii / Honolulu, HI


With visuals and testimonies of actual participants, the Lantern Floating Hawaii 2010 inspires the viewer to journey through the loss of loved ones to finding peace, comfort, and unity. Witnessing thousands of people who share in the same emotion and experience makes what would have stood out as differences to be uniquely precious to all. Not only does it heal the void or sadness, it brings hope and encouragement to making life at present more meaningful and to sharing love and peace to those around us.Not limiting to 40,000 of those participating in and watching the event on site, the live broadcast was viewed by at least 10,000 spectators only in Hawaii, and by at least 300,000 spectators in Japan via satellite to experience the same as being on site.People of all various cultures, faith and ethnicity; those who have experienced the loss of family member and friends; all wishing for peace and happiness of humanity; all related to military and/or national and local services for the goodness of all.


"LESSONS" (JAPAN)
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Entertainment: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: TV Movie

Entrant: Kansai Telecasting Corporation / Osaka
Production Company: Kansai Telecasting Corporation / Osaka


Relationships have become brittle, even in the most central part of society; our families. This is the story of two young girls who have lived without the love of their mothers, and the special relationship they form with each other. Marie is in 4th year at college studying veterinary science. She lives with her father. She has been told that her mother died when she was still young, but Marie suspects that the truth is her mother has left her. One day, she starts to tutor Riko, a 7th grade student. Riko’s mother behaves strangely; she is an adult child, an adult brought up in a dysfunctional family, and who cannot adapt to normal society. Riko’s relationship with her mother is at times turbulent, and she believes her mother hates her. The two girls build a strong friendship through sharing their mutual longing for motherly love. But Riko is at a sensitive age; she stops studying, and takes up anti depressants, just like her mother. “We need to become strong by ourselves” Marie tells her. The two girls learn from each other through their painful but emotional “Lessons” Sensitive, tender and heart-wrenching at times, this story searches for the answer to the meaning of family love in these complex times.


"MARUMO’S STORY" (JAPAN)
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Entertainment: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: Family

Entrant: Fuji Television Network, Inc./ Tokyo
Production Company: Fuji Television Network, Inc. / Tokyo


Mamoru Takagi, age 38 and single, handles complaints at Akebono Stationery. At his high school reunion, he reunites with his best friend, Junichiro Sasakura, a single father raising 6-year old twins, Kaoru and Tomoki. Sasakura says that his kids are “fortunate to be twins because even if they’re lonely, they’ll always have each other.” Mamoru insists that raising kids is not his thing. The following day, an angry customer demands to speak to Mamoru to complain about an eraser. It turns out to be Sasakura, who jokingly made the call. He is about to divulge something, but Mamoru cuts him short and hangs up the phone when he spots the girl of his dreams approaching him. A few days later, Mamoru receives the surprising news that Sasakura died from terminal cancer. At the funeral, it breaks Mamoru’s heart to see Sasakura’s twin children being forced apart to live with different relatives. The twins are crying helplessly, begging not to be separated, but there’s nothing Mamoru can do. But when he receives a call that the younger brother ran away from home, he leaves his work to search for him with the older sister. Remembering Sasakura’s words and seeing how much the twins need each other, Mamoru decides to bring the twins home to live with him. When Mamoru introduces himself, the twins think he said “Marumo”. Also tagging along is a smart-mouthed talking miniature schnauzer, Mukku, who gives Mamoru lectures whenever he has a fuss with the twins. Thus, the strange, heart-warming, and exciting life of Marumo, the twins, and a furry friend begins.


"PIONEERS IN THE LAND OF RUBBLE - RECOVERING FROM THE 3/11 DISASTER-" (JAPAN)
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Documentary: TV: Documentary Programs: Current Affairs

Entrant: Fuji Television Network, Inc. / Tokyo
Production Company: Fuji Television Network, Inc. / Tokyo


During the nine months since the disaster, we continued research in various disaster-stricken cities and discovered “pioneers” kindling lights of hope in the lands of debris. In Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, we met Mr. Kono, the owner of a soy sauce manufacturer. The tsunami had swept everything away, including all the casks and fermenting agent required to make soy sauce. He had lost 200 years of tradition. Yet, Mr. Kono chose not to close but to rebuild his business. Throwing away his pride, he decided to use a contract manufacturer, so that he could maintain all of his employees. One day, they miraculously find one of their casks among the debris caked with the fermenting agent. It may take time, but Mr. Kono vows that he will again revive their traditional soy sauce. In Higashi Matsuyama, fishermen had noticed changes in the sea. After conducting a research of the sea floor, they found that their fishing ground had been covered with sand. The once fertile sea was now “dead.” But they did not give up. “The sea is everything. The sea is our life, and we will revive it.” Carrying on with a strong will, they find “a spark of life” on the sea floor. A government official moved from Tokyo to Rikuzentakata to serve as its Vice-Mayor. Rikuzentakata was suffering badly. The city office had lost many of its employees, and the city’s administrative functions were severely crippled. Furthermore, usable land in the city was scarce. Most of it was so devastated that it could not be used for years to come. How could a city under such conditions recover? Feeling aggravated at the slowness of the government in establishing the Reconstruction Agency, as well as their lack of commitment, he realizes that they must take things into their own hands and sets about to revive the city. All over Iwate Prefecture, volunteers were working to help the victims get back on their feet and move toward recovery. The government with its vertical hierarchy moved much too slowly, and the restoration work to be conducted by the central government had not seen much progress. Deciding that citizens cannot wait any longer, volunteers begin to make and proceed with recovery plans. The tsunami took everything away, but the victims, left in a wasteland of debris, gathered their strengths and started moving forward. We will continue following the victims and their activities, praying every moment that each flicker of hope will soon become a fire burning bright.


"ROMEO AND JULIET: A NEW VISION" (AUSTRALIA)
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Documentary: TV: Documentary Programs: Arts

Entrant: Stella Motion Pictures / Hampton, VIC
Sponsor/Client: STVDIO / Sydney, NSW
Production Company: Stella Motion Pictures / Hampton, VIC


9 months in the making, ROMEO & JULIET: A New Vision is a half-hour documentary following the creation of The Australian Ballet’s new ballet, choreographed by GRAEME MURPHY with his creative partner JANET VERNON. We are privy to their intense rehearsal periods, together with the design process with fashion designer AKIRA ISOGAWA, and, GERARD MANION - the sheer hard work, imagination and joy in creating such a major new work. But at the end, it is up to The Australian Ballet’s Principal Artists,KEVIN JACKSON and MADELEINE EASTOE and their interpretation of their ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’.


"THE UNTOLD STORIES OF THE TSUNAMI IN JAPAN -MARCH 11, 2011-" (JAPAN)
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Documentary: TV: Documentary Programs: Current Affairs

Entrant: Fuji Television Network, Inc./ Tokyo


This documentary is a record of the East Japan Great Earthquake and the people who survived the catastrophic disaster. It was produced in aims of reminding people that we must never forget this unprecedented disaster. With commentary by professionals and chronologically compiled footage of the massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, it gives a logical sequencing of the mess witnessed from the moment and in the weeks following the event. Furthermore, the detailed stories and descriptions of different people’s accounts are revealed, which show the resilience and strength of those who responded to these crises. The gut-wrenching footage and interviews with people who lost their families and livelihood and footage that have never been released until now are painstakingly sewn together into this shocking story, in guiding the audience to gain a deeper understanding of what really happened on that tragic day, March 11th, 2011.


"VOLVO GROUP - SHAPING ANOTHER FUTURE" (SWEDEN)
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Corporate: Craft/Production Techniques: Animation

Entrant: Edithouse Film Works AB / Gothenburg
Sponsor/Client: Volvo Group
Production Company: Edithouse Film Works AB / Gothenburg


The story of Volvo Group, told with a big dose of imagination and ingenuity.


"WE ARE MAERSK" (DENMARK)
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Corporate: Advertising/Marketing: Business-to-Business

Entrant: Copenhagen Film Company ApS / Copenhagen
Sponsor/Client: A.P. Moller-Maersk / Copenhagen
Production Company: Copenhagen Film Company ApS / Copenhagen


Pick a point on the globe...any point..and Maersk won’t be far away. Transporting the cargos that make global trade possible. Securing the supply of energy to keep our world moving forward. Many places… one way of doing business. Caring for the detail, yet never losing sight of the big picture..We are Maersk …and we’re preparing... for new times and new challenges.. The idea was to create a film with a very strong humanistic touch, focusing on the people. The viewer should always experience the hardware and working processes from a personal & human point of view. Our aim was to emphasize the graphic and visual beauty in the impressive hardware, and try to approach it with a personal and poetic eye, that in the best cases could lift the viewing experience to mythological abstraction. We wanted to bring forth a more human perspective on a hardware heavy business as Maersk and even though the machines are massive, it is still the single human being that is in the center. The biggest challenge was to make a film that combines the tangible, physical feeling of the heavy hardware and the people operating it, displaying the unique bond between man and machine. A film that presents the enormous powers –hardware wise as well as people wise - necessary to facilitate the global demand for goods and energy, leaving the viewer awe-struck and fascinated by the beauty of it all. “We Are Maersk” is a strong, savory, and nourishing stock eventuating from the careful `simmering´ of the significant Maersk spirit making the audience feel close to the employees, close to the atmosphere, and the different areas of Maersk worldwide.


"WE MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN" (DENMARK)
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Corporate: Advertising/Marketing: Business-to-Business

Entrant: Copenhagen Film Company ApS / Copenhagen
Sponsor/Client: A.P. Moller-Maersk / Copenhagen
Production Company: Copenhagen Film Company ApS / Copenhagen


On this planet of ours, eight out of ten people live in countries with high growth rates where the speed of development can be measured in years, not in generations. Where the future depends on building strong and sustainable economies. Production and trade need the support of infrastructure. Big investments... And people… local people with the right motivation, the right training and skills to make this infrastructure work. Maersk is experienced in this process, a partner willing to invest locally to make global change happen. To Maersk the whole difference is in the details. And this is how Maersk makes change happen. For many local companies in Africa, Asia and South America, export can be a logistical challenge. Damco is a freight company within the Maersk group, whose business it is to simplify complexity, eliminate risk, moving cargo from local producers to global consumers with maximum efficiency. For logistics to work, it’s important to have people on the ground with experience and local knowledge. More than half the Damco workforce is located in growth markets. No matter how remote the location; if there is a road, there is a connection to the international highways of trade. When you work together, diversity becomes a strength..... When you work together, you can make change happen. The idea was to create a film with a very strong humanistic touch, focusing on the people. The viewer should always experience the hardware and working processes from a personal and human point of view.


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