Beautiful. Deserving of First Place, in my opinion. Animation was flawless, despite your "experimentation." Great story. Although the battle between money and happiness is a bit cliche, I think it fits your theme and purpose perfectly.
One more thing that struck me was the train ride. It was very symbolic how you used the hammer and shaped holes to show that the man was being forced to do something that didn't fit him. It was a clever usage of your animation skills, and partially why I believe you deserved first place.
To correct hipparata: he didn't have a wife and kids, or at least none were mentioned. The girl playing the music seemed to be his only "love interest," and dare I say it to be so.
I enjoyed the animation, but the story is somewhat lacking. I mean, believe me - I would drop my office work this very second, but in real life you can't just quit and leave your family on the street because you want to be a rockstar. You had a very strong begging, but the ending really disappointed me.
You've just got to do what you love. Wonderful and smooth animation and the message is made me smile. I really like how the music went along with the facial expresions and moods of the main character and I think you potrayed the theme well. good job, and keep it up!
U must chuck something...In this shit life,There's always looking after,WE have time