Israeli animator Mysh has won the Gross Prize for Excellence at the 2013 Animix, the International Animation, Comics and Caricature Festival. The prize, worth NIS 10,000, will be awarded on August 12 at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.
Animix is having its bar mitzvah this year and is opening on Friday, August 9, and will run through August 13 at the Cinematheque.
This is the sixth year the Gross Prize is being awarded, and it goes to an Israeli animator to encourage continued independent, personal work, and to advance the art of Israeli animation.
Mysh, who was born as Michael Rozanov in Riga and came to Israel at age 16, has made dozens of short films, clips and a number of animated series.
The prize committee said: "Mysh started his work in the field of animation over a decade ago as an artist and art director of children’s shows. ... Over the years he moved on to more biting content and in recent years most of his works have dealt with political and social issues. Mysh has declared that his main goal as an artist is to take the viewers out of their apathetic situation and induce them to think. As a great believer in cooperation and teamwork, most of his works were created in cooperation with other artists, mostly directors and designers. ... Mysh is also a lecturer in animation and supervises film projects [for students]. The prize committee hopes the modest prize will be a push and aid to his continued artistic, educational and social activities."