‘Tram’ and ‘Crulic’ Win Annecy’s Top Prizes

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The winners of the 36th edition of the Annecy International Animation Festival were announced this weekend (June 9). French short Tram by Michaela Pavlátová took home the Annecy Cristal for best short film, while the Romanian movie Crulic – The Path to Beyond, by Anca Damian, was the winner in the best feature category. Both projects were 2D animated.

In the TV category, Peter Browngardt’s Secret Mountain Fort Awesome (“Nightmare Sauce”) from Cartoon Network was the winner in the best series race, while Radical Sheep’s Stella and Sam was given a Special Award for a TV series. Johannes Weiland and Uwi Heidschotter’s acclaimed The Gruffalo’s Child (Magic Light, Studio Soi GmbH KF Film produktion) won the award for Best TV Special.

Here is a complete list of the 2012 winners:

Feature films

The Cristal for best feature
Crulic – The Path to Beyond, Anca Damian, Romania, Aparte Film

Special Distinction
Wrinkles, Ignacio Ferreras, Spain, Perro Verde Films

Audience Award
Approved for Adoption, Laurent Boileau, Jung Henin, France, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland, Mosaïque Films, Artemis Productions, Panda Media, Nadasdy Film

Short films

The Annecy Cristal
Tram, Michaela Pavlátová, France, Sacrebleu Productions

Special Jury Award
Edmond Was a Donkey, Franck Dion, France, Canada, Papy 3D Productions, ONF, Arte France

“Jean-Luc Xiberras” Award for a first film
The People Who Never Stop, Florian Piento, France, Japan

Special Distinction
Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto, Johan Oettinger, Denmark, Basmati Film

Sacem Award for original music
Modern No. 2, Mirai Mizue, Japan

Junior Jury Award for a short film
História d’Este, Story of Him, Pascual Pérez, Spain, The Sensible Man Animation

Audience Award
Second Hand, Isaac King, Canada

TV and Commissioned films

The Cristal for best TV production
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome “Nightmare Sauce,” Pete Browngardt, USA, Cartoon Network Studios

Special Award for a TV series
Stella and Sam “Voyage sur la lune,” Dave Merritt, Raymond Jafelice, Canada, Radical Sheep Productions

Award for best TV special
The Gruffalo’s Child, Johannes Weiland, Uwe Heidschötter, Great Britain, Magic Light Pictures, Studio Soi GmbH & Co. KG Filmproduktion

Educational, scientific or industrial film Award
Resale Right, Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet, France, Doncvoilà Production

Advertising or promotional film Award
Red Cross “Stuff,” Andrew Hall, USA, Elastic

Award for best music video
We Cut Corners “Pirate’s Life,” Przemyslaw Adamski, Kartazyna Kijek, Poland

Graduation films

Award for best graduation film
The Making of Longbird, Will Anderson, Great Britain, Edinburgh College of Art

Special Jury Award
Crowd, Boris Labbe, France, EMCA – École des métiers du cinéma d’animation

Special Distinction
Le Jardin enchanté, Viviane Karpp, France, La Poudrière

Junior Jury Award for a graduation film
Friendsheep, Jaime Maestro, Spain, Primer Frame – Escuela de Animación

Other prizes

Unicef Award
Approved for Adoption, Laurent Boileau, Jung Henin, France, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland, Mosaïque Films, Artemis Productions, Panda Media, Nadasdy Film

Fipresci Award
Tram, Michaela Pavlátová, France, Sacrebleu Productions

“CANAL+ creative aid” Award for a short film
Una furtiva lagrima, Carlo Vogele, Luxembourg

According to the Annecy market organizers, this year saw an increase in attendance of 4% compared to 2011: 470 exhibiting companies (450 in 2011), 287 buyers, distributors, and investors (238 in 2011) and nearly 2,500 accreditation badge holders in total. More than 1000 companies from 63 countries attended this year’s edition, which also reported an 18% increase in exhibition space.

The 2013 edition of the festival will take place June 10-15. NFB’s Marcel Jean will be the new artistic director of the next festival, taking over the job from fest veteran Serge Bromberg. For more info, visit www.annecy.org.

Tram

Tram

Crulic – The Path to Beyond

Crulic – The Path to Beyond

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome

Here are the trailers for Tram and Crulic: