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Michiel Ubels (winner of the TAA, Sabine Himmelsbach on behalf of Pascal Reinmann (winner of the Best Foreign Film Award), Dinu Comendant (winner of the Audience Award) Photo Aad Hoogendoorn
Michiel Ubels (winner of the TAA, Sabine Himmelsbach on behalf of Pascal Reinmann (winner of the Best Foreign Film Award), Dinu Comendant (winner of the Audience Award) Photo Aad Hoogendoorn

Michiel Ubels and Pascal Reinmann win TAA 2016

Michiel Ubels and Pascal Reinmann are the big winners of the annual competition between the best graduation videos, films, shorts and animations. Michiel Ubels won the TAA 15 on Friday evening 2016 July, the prize for the best graduation video art of all Dutch art academies. Pascal Reinmann won the Best Foreign Film Award, the prize for the best graduation video from young artists from host country Switzerland. The audience favorite was Dinu Comendant's film. For a sold-out cinema in Cinerama, the Awards were presented by an international jury led by Roos Gortzak, director of the Vleeshal in Middelburg.

TAA 2016
The King of Madness from Michiel Ubels won the TAA 2016. The film is about Patrick, whose life could use some excitement. He starts making voyeuristic home videos. The film refers to our constant urge to show ourselves and to always be 'on', both in reality and on the screen. The jury was impressed by the experimental way in which Ubels portrays the main character Patrick. Ubels plays with the boundary between fiction and documentary, shows a great sense of humor in the way he uses different formats and experiments with the use of rhythm in the visual and verbal field. "He has a refreshing perspective on editing that reflects our fragmented and layered reality." Michiel Ubels graduated with his film The King of Madness at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht and won a residency at Atelier Mondial, Basel in Switzerland and a working budget.

Best Foreign Film Award 2016
Millimeterle from Pascal Reinmann won the Best Foreign Film Award. The fifteen-minute film shows the sexual development of adolescent boys and the violence that can arise from peer pressure. The jury praised the visual language of the film with which Reinmann manages to convey a claustrophobic feeling. Reinmann also shows great skill and sensitivity in directing the young actors. "It is a convincing portrait of a joint effort, in which Reinmann had to win the trust of the young players." Pascal Reinmann graduated from the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich and won a residency at Het Wilde Weten in Rotterdam together with a working budget.

TAA Audience Award 2016
Giovanni Carmine, director of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, presented the audience award to Dinu Comendant, the nominee of the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. His stop-motion film The Walking Thinker was named the favorite of the audience.

The award ceremony
On Friday evening 15 July the nominated films were shown in cinema Cinerama and the international jury announced the winners. This year the jury was headed by Roos Gortzak, director of Vleeshal in Middelburg. Giovanni Carmine, Art Director Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland, Sabine Himmelsbach, Haus der Elektronischen Künste Basel, Switzerland and artists duo and winners TAA 2009 Witte van Hulzen & Sander Breure participated in the jury alongside Roos Gortzak.

All nominated films can be seen in an exhibition at TENT up to and including September 18.

The TAA is made possible in part by: G. Ph. Verhagen, Pro Helvetia
Media partner: BK information

Publication date: 18 / 07 / 2016

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