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The Boy Who Saw the Iceberg/Le garçon qui a vu l'iceberg

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A playful and poignant animated short about a boy with an over-active imagination, The Boy Who Saw the Iceberg presents two worlds -reality and fantasy. Paul Driessen's multi-layered split-screen approach revels in the shifting boundaries between these two realms. In this cautionary tale, the young protagonist, bored with his lot, imagines a diabolic and dangerous life of adventure. But when our would-be hero, accustomed to eluding mobsters and monsters in his daydreams, finally finds himself facing a real-life drama, he can't believe his eyes. It's even harder for him to convince anyone else of what he's seen - an iceberg! Suddenly, the mundane life that he always wanted to escape, is what he wishes to recapture. Film without words.

2000, 08 min 49 s

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Golden Prize
International Animation Festival
February 23 to 27 2003, Tehran - Iran

Special International Jury Prize
International Animation Festival
August 22 to 26 2002, Hiroshima - Japan

Special Award "for the clarity of visual narration, the fluidity of animation and the quality of soundtrack"
World Festival of Animated Films
June 18 to 23 2002, Zagreb - Croatia

Best Prize for Short Film - with a cash prize of 3,000,000Won (approx. 3,735$Cdn)
Seoul International Animation Festival
May 4 to 12 2002, Seoul - Korea

Genie Award for Best Animated Short
Genie Awards
February 7 2002, Toronto - Canada

Prize Centaur - Category: Best Animated Film - with a cash prize of 2000USD
Message to Man
June 15 to 22 2001, St. Petersburg - Russia

FIPRESCI Award - For the innovative form of storytelling, involving the audience in a little boy's inner world.
International Animated Film Festival
June 4 to 9 2001, Annecy - France

Special Jury Award
International Animated Film Festival
June 4 to 9 2001, Annecy - France

Silver Dragon - Category: Animation - with a cash prize of 10,000PLN (2,500$US)
International Film Festival
May 25 to 29 2001, Cracow - Poland

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Animation
Yorkton Film Festival
May 24 to 27 2001, Yorkton - Canada

Silver FIPA - Category: Short Film
International Audiovisual Programme Festival / (FIPA)
January 16 to 21 2001, Biarritz - France

Class B Award (7 - 21 minutes)(ex-aequo with Au Premier Dimanche d'Août by Florence Miailhe) given by the International Jury- with a cash prize of 200,000PTE (1,329$Cdn divided between the winners)
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 6 to 12 2000, Espinho - Portugal

Award - Category: Best Original Soundtrack - with a cash prize of 200,000PTE (1,360$Cdn)
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 6 to 12 2000, Espinho - Portugal

Silver Dove - Category: Animated Films and Videos - with a cash prize of 4,000DM (2,704$Cdn)
International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
October 17 to 22 2000, Leipzig - Germany

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