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Otto Alder Receives the ASIFA Prize at Zagreb

Author: ASIFA International | Date: 6/13/21, 7:28 PM

ASIFA Prize 2021 recipient Otto Alder and ASIFA Secretary General Vesna Dovnikovic (Photo courtesy of Animafest Zagreb)

On June 7, 2021, the the annual ASIFA Prize was awarded to Otto Alder at the opening ceremony of Animafest Zagreb. Otto Alder was born 1953 in Buhlbronn, Germany. A director and autuer of numerous short films and installations, Alder also has actively promoted and curated the art of animation throughout his career, programming for the International Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart and the Leipzig Film Festival. He is a founding member of the FANTOCHE Int. Animation Festival, Baden. Otto Alder conitnues to work as a curator for several international animation festivals and is teaching film history at the Lucern College of Art, HSLU. From 2007-2011 he also was co-director of the animation department at the HSLU. More about Otto Alder.

It is a tradition with the ASIFA prize that instead of a statue or plaque, the reciepient recieves an artwork created by another artist. Alder received a Japanese ink drawing made by Renzo Kinoshita.

Otto Alder displayes the ink drawing by Renzo Kinoshita at the award ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Animafest Zagreb)

In response, Otto expressed that it was a great surprise and more over a very great honour to receive the ASIFA Prize in Zagreb. He extends many many thanks to all ASIFA Board Members for considering him for the important award. The artwork is a reminder of a very good friendship with Renzo, and their work together for world animation art.

Beside the ASIFA Prize, Otto Alder also accepted the festival prize for the best animation school on behalf of the School of Art and Design in Luzerne. 

Letter from ASIFA President, Sayoko Kinoshita to Otto Alder:

Dear Otto Alder,

On behalf of ASIFA - Association Internationale du Film d’Animation, I am very pleased and honored to extend our sincere gratitude and admiration to your great contribution to the development of animation field internationally for so many years.

It would be our pleasure if you could kindly accept our awarding of ASIFA Prize 2021, which expresses our appreciation to your enormous dedication from the standpoint of being an artist yourself, encouraging the creativity of numerous filmmakers around the world.

Among many of your important careers, I especially would like to mention your animation organizing at the Stuttgart Festival (1987 – 1992), the director of animation program at the Leipzig Festival (1992 – 2005), co-founder and co-director of the Fantoche Festival (1994 – 2004), serving as a professor of Animation Department of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (2002 – 2019), and most of all, the founder and the artistic director of the Lucerne International Academy of Animation 2009.

Also, I would like to mention that your creative talent in films, photographs and installation has been inspiring to merge animation with various other art fields.

Thank you very much for all your dedication! For the memory of this prize, I am very happy to present an artwork made by Renzo Kinoshita, and hope you will like it!

Wishing you all the best and continued much success!

Sincerely yours,

Sayoko Kinoshita