Five European short films have been selected to compete for the coveted Cartoon d’OR award at this year’s Cartoon Forum, taking place Sept. 17-20 in Varese, Italy. The 13th annual award ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20 during the closing evening.
The films were chosen by a jury from a field of 25 projects that won prizes at Cartoon’s partner festivals (Annecy, Bristol, Brussels, Espinho, Fredrikstad, Genzano di Roma and Utrecht). With this prize, the filmmakers obtain 15,000 Euro in pre-production aid from MEDIA to begin a more ambitious project like a feature film or a TV special. Former Cartoon d’OR winners include Nick Park (Chicken Run), Sylvain Chomet (Les Triplettes de Belleville) and Jacques-Remy Girerd (Raining Cats and Frogs).
The nominees are:
Dog by Suzie Templeton (2001- U.K. 6:00) Produced by Royal College of Art
Ligne de vie by Serge Avédikian — (2002 – France. 12:17) Produced by Les Films de l’Arlequin
NSPCC:Cartoon by Russell Brooke — ( 2002 – U.K. 1:00) — Produced by Passion Pictures
Sans queue ni tête by Sandra Desmazières – (2001 – France. 6:35) Produced by ENSAD
The Dog Who Was a Cat Inside by Siri Melchior — (2002 – U.K. 3:22)