Animation by Piotr Milczarek received the Special International Jury Prize during the 18th edition of the International Animation Festival in Hiroshima. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the festival did not take place in its traditional form.

The festival in Hiroshima ranks among the world's leading animation festivals. Its first edition took place in 1985, on the fortieth anniversary of the nuclear bombing. The festival, taken under the patronage of the Japanese ASIFA since its first edition, adopted the slogan "Love and Peace", which is reflected in its program. Every year, the event gathers an audience of nearly 35,000 spectators.

The pandemic thwarted the organizers' plans and the festival had to be held in a changed form, yet the program of this year's edition included several Polish films. The awarded film by Piotr Milczarek was invited to the international competition.

"Rain" is a light, short animated film about collective consciousness. About the fact that the lack of any responsibility for our own actions makes us follow the crowd without reflection, which can lead to a tragedy. It is also a film about an individual's attempt to fight collective hypnosis and the consequences for both himself and the crowd.

The list of all awarded titles can be found here.