Lorenzo Wins By a Tail at Annecy

Lorenzo, a short film by Mike Gabriel, won the Grand Prix Award at this year’s edition of the Annecy Int’l Festival of Animation in Annecy, France. The film also took the Annecy Cristal in the short film competition. Taking home the Cristal in the feature film category was Oseam from Baek-yeop Sung of South Korea.

Produced by Walt Disney Studios, Lorenzo tells the story of a spoiled and pampered cat whose tail one day gets hexed and comes to life. The five-minute film’s producer is Baker Bloodworth, who produced last year’s Annecy festival opener, Destino, the Oscar-nominated, dusted-off collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali. Lorenzo was exec. produced by Roy Disney.

Oseam centers on a young boy named Gil-son, who strongly believes that his mother is still alive. Meanwhile, his blind, kind-hearted sister, Gam-I, tries to shelter him from the truth. The computer-generated 2D feature was produced by Jung-Ho Lee for Mago21 Co. Ltd. and is distributed by Cinema Service Co. Ltd. and Les Films Du Préau.

The Jury’s Special Award went to the much talked about Ryan, a CG short by director Chris Landreth. The film is a psuedo-documentary about the life of animator Ryan Larkin, one of Canada’s pioneer animators, who went from Oscar nominee to street beggar. Ryan was produced by Steven Hoban, Marcy Page and Mark Smith for Copper Heart Entertainment Production and Onf (Office National Du Film Du Canada).

The Cristal for Best TV Production went to Aardman Animations’ BBS series Creature Comforts: Cats or Dogs? Directed by Richard Goleszowski, the show pits feline against canine in the centuries-old battle between the two most popular pets. Julie Lockhart produced this follow-up to the Oscar-winning short Creature Comforts.

To see a full list of Annecy winners for 2004, see www.annecy.org/home/index.php?Page_ID=604.