Oktapodi in Great Escape

Oktapodi, one of the nominations for Best Short Film (Animated) at the Academy Awards 2009, was developed by a team of French animators in 2007. The 180 second film tells the story of two octopuses living on a Greek island. Two octopuses help each other in their comical escape from the grasp of a stubborn restaurant cook. However, even after overcoming insurmountable odds to reunite, their fight to stay together is not over.

Scene from Oktapodi


Animation was directed by a team of students at Gobelins L’Ecole de L’Image, Paris, each with their own blog: Julien Bocabeille, François Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier and Emud Mokhberi. Music is by Kenny Wood. Violinist was Dorthy Kwon. Sound was designed by Vincent Hazard and mixed by Julien Alves.


Multivision Festival – St Petersburg 2008 – Best 3D Animation Award
Siggraph Asia 2008 – Jury Award
PISAF -Puchon (Korea) 2008 – Bucheon College Dean Prize
Aniwow! Beijing 2008 – Best Character Animation Award
Casablanca 2008 – Best Animated Film
Siggraph – Los Angeles 2008 – Best of Show
Siggraph – Los Angeles 2008 – Audience Prize
Hiroshima 2008 – Special International Jury Prize
Annecy 2008 – Canal+ Family Award
Animafest Zagreb 2008 – Children Jury Special Mention
Anima Mundi – Rio de Janeiro 2008 – Best Student Film (Audience prize)
Anima Mundi – Sao Paulo 2008 – 2nd Best Student Film (Audience Prize)
Anima Mundi – Sao Paulo 2008 – 3nd Best Short Film (Audience Prize)
Prix Ars 2008 – Honorary Mention
FICCI BAF 2008 – Best Student Animated Short Film
Imagina – Monaco 2008 – Best Animation Award
E-magiciens РValenciennes 2007 РLa Bourse Lagard̬re
Courts Devant – Paris 2007 – Grand Prix Award
ARTFUTURA – Barcelone 2007 – Gran Premio Award

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