Stop-motion was the name of the game at the Annecy festival this past weekend as Henry Selick’s acclaimed fantasy Coraline and Adam Elliot’s Sundance favorite Mary and Max tied for the Best Feature Cristal. Tom Moore and Nora Twomey’s beautifully animated Brendan and the Secret of the Kells (Cartoon Saloon) took home the Audience Award in the feature category.
In the short films’ race, Slavar, Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch’s poignant project about young Sudanese slaves won the Annecy Cristal and the Unicef prizes. David O’Reilly’s haunting Please Say Something received the Special Distinction prize, while Jean-Christophe Lie’s L’homme a la Gordini (Man in the Blue Gordini) was the recipient of the Junior Jury prize and the Jean-Lux Xiberras prize for a First Film. New York animator PES’ latest project Western Spaghetti won the Audience Award, while Canadian animator Cordell Barker’s Runaway received the Jury’s Special Award. Santiago Grasso’s El Emploi (The Employment) took home the FIPRESCI award, and Michal Socha’s Chick nabbed the Secam Prize for Best Music.
Alexei Alexeev’s crowd-pleasing series Log Jam (produced by Andras Erkel and Studio Baestarts) was the winner of the Cristal for Best TV series. TV-Loonland’s Pat and Stan (directed by Pierre Coffin and Marco Allard) was also honored with the Special Award for a TV series, and Philip Hunt’s charming Lost and Found (Studio aka) was the winner of the Best TV Special prize.
To find out more about this year’s award-winners, visit www.annecy.org.