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Stowaway

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On a cold and dreary Christmas Eve, in a gloomy fogbound seaport, docks a tired old freighter. Deep in its hold, a stowaway is hiding. The crew members leave the ship and go their separate ways. After nightfall, the stowaway tries to make it to dry land by sliding down a rope, but he is paralysed with fear. Using sand animation on underlit glass plates, Stowaway is adapted from a story by the Portuguese writer José Rodrigues Miguéis. Profoundly melancholy in its expressive and richly textured imagery, the film is about one man's agonizing struggle for freedom.

2000, 07 min 41 s

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Grand Prix of the festival
ANIFILM
May 5 to 10 2003, Trebon - Czech Republic

Fabrizio Bellocchio Award - Prize for the Best Social Content
Int’l Festival of Animated Films / I Castelli Animati
October 3 to 7 2001, Genzano - Italy

Special Mention
Matita Film Festival
September 27 to 30 2001, Guardiagrele - Italy

Award for Best Animation film
Rencontres de Cinéma Portugais
April 2 to 7 2001, Coimbra - Portugal

Public Award
Rencontres de Cinéma Portugais
April 2 to 7 2001, Coimbra - Portugal

Prix Onda Curta
Fantasporto
February 23 to March 4 2001, Porto - Portugal

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

FNAC Award - Category: Best Script of a Portuguese Film - with a cash prize of 200,00PTE ($1,360Cdn)
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 6 to 12 2000, Espinho - Portugal