Ugly

A Film by Nikita Diakur

Synopsis

An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief. Inspired by the internet story ‘Ugly the Cat’.

Director

  • Picture of Nikita Diakur © Nikita Diakur

    Nikita Diakur

    Nikita Diakur is a Russian-born film maker based in Mainz, Germany. He studied Animation at the Royal College of Art in London, where he produced “Fly on the Window” that went on to screen at international film festivals such as Zagreb, Annecy and Edinburgh. Diakur is now making short films influenced by prominent internet stories and animated via the process of computer simulation.

Awards + Festivals

  • Special Mention
    Animafest Zagreb, Int Competition, International PremiereJune 6, 2017
  • IKFF Hamburg, German Competition, German PremiereJune 8, 2017
  • Palm Springs Shorts Fest, Animal Instincts, North American PremiereJune 23, 2017
  • River Film Festival, Padua, Competition, Italian PremiereJune 26, 2017
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, Int Animation, UK PremiereJune 27, 2017
  • Shorts At Moonlight, FrankfurtJuly 13, 2017
  • Durban International Film Festival, African PremiereJuly 13, 2017
  • Open-Eyes Filmfest, MarburgJuly 23, 2017
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival,August 8, 2017
  • Turku Animated Film Festival, Finland PremiereAugust 23, 2017
  • ASIFA South, AtlantaAugust 26, 2017
  • Odense Film Festival, Animation Competition, Denmark PremiereAugust 28, 2017
  • Pixelatl, Cuernavaca, Mexican Premiere, Programme Love is in the AirSeptember 6, 2017
  • Honorary Mention
    Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austrian PremiereSeptember 7, 2017
  • New Talent Award
    Fantoche, Baden, Swiss PremiereSeptember 6, 2017
  • BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival, Brussels, Belgium PremiereSeptember 14, 2017
  • 2nd Ciudad del Este Independent Film Festival, Paraguay PremiereSeptember 19, 2017
  • Nelvana Grand Prize
    Ottawa Animation Festival, Canada PremiereSeptember 20, 2017
  • Grand Prix
    Encounters, BristolSeptember 22, 2017
  • PIAFF, ParisSeptember 20, 2017
  • 3rd Prize
    Supernova, DenverSeptember 22, 2017
  • Calgary International Film FestivalSeptember 23, 2017
  • Wasteland Film Festival, desert CA USASeptember 28, 2017
  • Linoleum, KiewSeptember 28, 2017
  • Milano Film FestivalSeptember 28, 2017
  • Filmfestival MünsterOctober 4, 2017
  • Minikino Film Week, BaliOctober 7, 2017
  • Student Jury Prize
    Brno 16, Czech PremiereOctober 4, 2017
  • Festival de Cine de Madrid PNROctober 12, 2017
  • Braunschweig International Film FestivalOctober 17, 2017
  • Best 1st Film
    Primanima, Hungarian PremiereOctober 18, 2017
  • Carmel Film FestivalOctober 18, 2017
  • Carmel Film FestivalOctober 18, 2017
  • Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival, Bosnien-HerzogovinaOctober 23, 2017
  • CRAFT International Animation Festival, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Digital World PanoramaOctober 24, 2017
  • Audience Award Best German Animation
    International Weekend of Animation, WiesbadenOctober 26, 2017
  • EFA Short Film Weekend in Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden PremiereOctober 26, 2017
  • Festival du cinema international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Espace Court, Rouyn-NorandaOctober 26, 2017
  • Special Mention
    Kuandu International Animation Festival, Taipei, Taiwan PremiereOctober 29, 2017
  • Indie Memphis Film FestivalNovember 1, 2017
  • New Talent Award
    New Chitose Airport Int Animation Festival, Japan PremiereNovember 2, 2017
  • Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, Port of Spain, Trinidad TobagoNovember 2, 2017
  • Asiana International Short Film Festival, South Korean PremiereNovember 2, 2017
  • Multivision Festival, St Petersburg, Russian PremiereNovember 5, 2017
  • Curta Cinema, Brazil PremiereNovember 5, 2017
  • Ajayu International Animated Short Film Festival, Puno, Peru PremiereNovember 8, 2017
  • Fredrikstad Animation Festival, Norwegian PremiereNovember 9, 2017
  • 3rd Hollywood North Film Festival, Belleville, CanadaNovember 10, 2017
  • Alcine47, MadridNovember 10, 2017
  • North Carolina Film Award (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • Klappe Auf!, HamburgNovember 10, 2017
  • Kurzfilmfestival KölnNovember 17, 2017
  • Norwich Film FestivalNovember 17, 2017
  • PÖFF Shorts, Tallin, Estland PremiereNovember 22, 2017
  • Festival Tous Courts, Aix-En-ProvenceNovember 27, 2017
  • *HONORARY MENTION*
    Animasivo, Mexico CityNovember 29, 2017
  • Anilogue, BudapestNovember 29, 2017
  • FILMZ MainzNovember 30, 2017
  • Two Short Nights, The Outsiders Competition Screening, Exeter Phoenix, UKDecember 1, 2017
  • 2nd SACRAMENTO UNDERGROUND FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sacramento, CA, USA)December 1, 2017
  • Bogoshorts, Bogotá, Columbia PremiereDecember 5, 2017
  • Animateka, Best of the World, Ljubljana, Slovenia PremiereDecember 7, 2017
  • Pentedattilo Film FestivalDecember 7, 2017
  • Nominated for the European Short Film Award, Berlin
  • *TECHNICAL MERIT* *BEST DIRECTOR*
    5th HELL CHESS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Campo de Gibraltar, Spain)December 16, 2017
  • 4th LEBANON INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nabatiyeth, Lebanon)December 16, 2017
  • *BEST DIRECTOR & TECHNICAL MERIT*
    HELL CHESS FESTIVAL (Final Event, Teatro Pilar Miró, Madrid, Spain)January 12, 2018
  • FLICKERFEST (Official Selection, Sydney, Australia)January 12, 2018
  • PRAGUE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Prague, Czech Republic)January 17, 2018
  • PETIT BLACK MOVIE (Fables Animalistes, Geneva, Switzerland)January 20, 2018
  • TRANSMEDIALE (Truth/Untruth Beauty/Unbeauty, Berlin, Germany)January 22, 2018
  • 30th MINIMALEN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Trondheim, Norway)January 23, 2018
  • 29th TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)January 29, 2018
  • EMMEDIA’S PARTICLE + WAVE MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Calgary, Canada)February 1, 2018
  • 40th CLERMONT-FERRAND INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Clermont-Ferrand, France)February 2, 2018
  • ARTFOOLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Larissa, Greece)February 4, 2018
  • 14th DAM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Boulder City, NV, USA)February 8, 2018
  • 1st INTERNATIONALER ANIMATIONSKURZFILMABEND 2018 (Official Selection, Konstanz, Germany)February 27, 2018
  • 13th ANNUAL DURANGO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Durango, USA)February 28, 2018
  • OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oxford, MS, USA)February 9, 2018
  • DC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Washington DC, USA)February 14, 2018
  • FLAGSTAFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Flagstaff, AZ, USA)February 15, 2018
  • 13th ANNUAL DURANGO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Durango, USA)February 28, 2018
  • 31st SEMANA DE CINE DE MEDINA DEL CAMPO 2018 (Official Selection, Medina del Campo, Spain)March 9, 2018
  • 19th LANDSHUTER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Landshut, Germany)March 14, 2018
  • 11th GLASGOW SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Glasgow, Scotland)March 14, 2018
  • 13th ATHENS ANIMFEST (Official Selection, Athens, Greece)March 15, 2018
  • GLAS ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)March 22, 2018
  • 20th MAUFILMMERN KURZFILMFESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Memmingen, Germany)March 31, 2018
  • 10th GO SHORT - INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL NIJMEGEN 2018 (Official Selection, City, The Netherlands)April 10, 2018
  • 20th ISMAILIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Ismailia, Egypt)April 11, 2018
  • 22th CINE LA FILA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Valladolid, Spain)April 16, 2018
  • 4th EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chico, CA, USA)April 19, 2018
  • 7th KYIV INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Kiev, Ukraine)April 25, 2018
  • 6th DAYS OF GERMAN & RUSSIAN SHORT FILMS „VKRATZE!" (Official Selection, Volgograd, Russia)April 25, 2018
  • *BEST FILM INTERNATIONAL*
    19th ANIMATRICKS ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Helsinki, Finland)April 27, 2018
  • ANIFILM - INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED FILMS (Official Selection, Třeboň, Czech Republic)May 1, 2018
  • 14th PICTOPLASMA CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)May 2, 2018
  • 8th NORTHWEST ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Portland, OR, USA)May 23, 2018
  • 7th CINEMA PERPETUUM MOBILE (Official Selection, Minsk, Belarus)May 28, 2018
  • 15th VIS VIENNA SHORTS 2018 (International Animation Avantgarde, Vienna, Austria)May 29, 2018
  • 4th LONGUE VUE SUR LE COURT - INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)May 30, 2018
  • *BEST FILM NATIONAL COMPETITION*
    8th ODERKURZ-FILMSPEKTAKEL (Official Selection, Oderaue, Germany)June 1, 2018
  • 3rd DOC SUNBACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mulvane, Kansas, USA)June 21, 2018
  • 2nd SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santiago del Estero, Argentina)June 26, 2018
  • *BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM*
    6th INSOMNIA INT’L ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)July 19, 2018
  • 14th AMSTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, Netherlands)August 11, 2018
  • 3rd STILL VOICES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longford, Ireland)August 15, 2018
  • 8th ANNUAL WE LIKE ‘EM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Baker City, OR, USA)August 17, 2018
  • *BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT*
    2nd ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palm Springs, CA, USA)August 22, 2018
  • 18th BLISSFEST333 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Denver, CO, USA)August 25, 2018
  • 2nd BOLTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bolton, Manchester, UK)October 2, 2018
  • INDIECORK FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cork, Ireland)October 7, 2018
  • 28th PÄRNU INTERNATIONAL FILM VIDEO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pärnu, Estonia)October 11, 2018
  • 12th LUBLIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lublin, Poland)November 3, 2018
  • 7th SMITA PATIL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 6, 2018

Trailer

Crew

Director
Nikita Diakur
Screenplay
Nikita Diakur
Producer
Nikita Diakur
Director of Photography
Nikita Diakur
Art Direction
Nikita Diakur
Costume Design
Nikita Diakur
Sound
Nicolas Martigne, David Kamp, Bernd Thurig
Editor
Nikita Diakur
Sound Design
Nicolas Martigne, David Kamp
Music
Enrica Sciandrone, Cédric Dekowski, Felix Reifenberg

Details

Running Time
11:54 min.
Shooting Format
Digital 2048X1080
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1.9:1
Sound
5.1/ Stereo
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

DIRECTOR

Nikita Diakur
info@nikitadiakur.com
http://ugly-film.com
http://facebook.com/uglyshortfilm