Annecy Festival (www.annecy.org) will present its Special Awards on Friday, June 19 during the 2020 virtual festival. Awarded in complement to the official festival competition prizes, these 10 honors are presented in partnership with major organizations, platforms and other key players in the animation business in Europe and around the world, as well as local and youth juries. Specific Award juries will select each Special Award winner from the Official Selection films.
New this year will be the first ever YouTube Award at Annecy, for a film in competition in the Graduation Films category. The winner will receive 10,000 euros to help finance a new production. The YouTube Award jury is dubbing actress Brigitte Lecordier; actor, scriptwriter and producer Cyprien; and producer David Alric.
The Canal+ Youth Award jury is Géraldine Soto (Head of Acquisitions, Co-productions and Children’s Pre-purchasing), Chrystel Mussy-Masucci (Children’s Editorial Manager) and Nathalie Leffray (Assistant Director of Children’s Animation Development).
The André-Martin Awards for a French Short Film and for a French Feature Film will be decided by Mohamed Beyoud (Artistic Director, Meknès International Animation Film Festival), Cécile Giraud (Cinema Mediator, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Independent Cinemas), Alexis Hunot (Animation Film Activist), Marie-Pauline Mollaret (Chief Editor, Écran Noir), Bernard Payen (Head of Programming, Cinémathèque française), Igor Prassel (Artistic Director, Animateka International Animation Film Festival) and Matilda Tavelli (Co-director, Animatou Festival).
The Best Original Music Award, sponsored by the SACEM, in the Short Films and Feature Films categories will be judged by Christophe Héral and Annecy Festival Director Artistic Director Marcel Jean.
The FIPRESCI Award (International Federation of Film Critics) jury is Andrea Crozzoli (Italy), Naama Rak (Israel) and Bernard Génin (France).
Surveying the program for the Festivals Connexion – Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Award — in partnership with Lumières Numériques & Mèche Courte — are Calmin Borel (Managing Director, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival), Emmanuel Bernard (Director Studio Albyon) and Anne-Sophie Rey (Coordinator, Festival d’un Jour et de l’équipée – Valence Romans Agglo).
The Vimeo Staff Pick Award will be picked by Jeffrey Bowers (Senior Curator), Meghan Oretsky (Curator), Ian Durkin (Lead Curator) and Ina Pira (Curator).
Festival Special Awards:
City of Annecy Award – Perspectives. The jury for the Perspectives category comprises three students from the Gabriel Fauré High School in Annecy, and they will present the City of Annecy Award. Hugo Barthelemy, Maéna Boyer & Elina Pralong.
Junior Jury Award for Short Film Jury (11-13 years old): Léo-Paul Amédéo, Thomas Kruger & Wendy Poirier.
Junior Jury Award for Graduation Film and Young Audience Award Jury (14 years old): Elvira Babcia, Morgane Omet & Eloïse Williamson.