Cannes Critics Dig Jona/Tomberry

Dutch filmmaker, artist and composer Rosto picked up the Grand Prix Canal+ du Meilleur Court Métrage award for his animated short film, Jona/Tomberry, in Cannes, France. The kudos were handed out during the Friday, May 20, Award ceremony for the Semaine International de la Critique (International Critics’ Week), a parallel section of the Cannes Int’l Film Festival.

Jona/Tomberry blends various techniques and narrative approaches to explore the notions of reflection and repetition; opposites and duplicates; doppelgängers and alter ego’s. The film is a follow-up to Rosto’s well-received animated short, The Rise and Fall of the Legendary Anglobilly Feverson, and completes a trilogy of films spun off from a multimedia project titled Mind My Gap.

Canal+ has acquired French TV rights to the film, produced by Rocketta Film and co-produced by Studio Rosto A.D. In addition, Rosto has been invited for a one-month stay at the Moulin d’Andé, a residence for artists in Normandy, France, where he will work on his next film script.

Last year, the Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festival awarded Jona/Tomberry the Festival Award for Best Project. It will also screen at the 2005 Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festival in France (June 6-12 2005), and at the 21st Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival in the Netherlands (June 9-15 2005). For more screenings dates and making-of details, go to www.jonatomberry.com.