An eclectic group of animated shorts and features received special prizes at the 2018 Annecy Animation Festival today. Boris Labbé’s La Chute, Lucia Bulgerhoni’s Inanimate, Steve Cutts’ Happiness, Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef’s This Magnificent Cake! and Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert’s The Bad Bad Fox and Other Tales are among the better-known titles. The main prizes will be announced tomorrow night (8:30-10:30 p.m.) during the festival’s closing night ceremony at the Bonlieu Grande Theater.
The 2018 special prize recipients are:
- Festivals Connexion Award: Bloeistraat 11, directed by Nienke Deutz; produced by Lunanime Bvba, Need Productions, Windmill Film, Beast Animation; Belgium, The Netherlands.
- Junior Jury Award for a Graduation Film: Inanimate, directed by Lucia Bulgheroni; produced by National Film and Television School; United Kingdom.
- Junior Jury Award for a Short Film: The Death, Dad & Son, directed by Denis Walgenwitz and Vincent Paronnaud (Winshluss); produced by Je Suis Bien Content, Schmuby Productions; France.
- Young Audience Award: Vivat musketeers!, directed by Anton Dyakov; produced by Soyuzmultfilm; Russia.
- FIPRESCI Award: La Chute, directed by Boris Labbé; produced by Sacrebleu Productions; France.
- Best Original Music Award for a Short Film, sponsored by the SACEM: Denis Vautrin for Cadavre exquis; Stéphanie Lansaque, François Leroy; produced by Je Suis Bien Content; France.
- Best Original Music Award for a Feature Film, sponsored by the SACEM: Mychael and Jeff Danna, for The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey; produced by Cartoon Saloon; Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg.
- Gan Foundation Award for Distribution: The Swallows of Kabul, directed by Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec and Zabou Breitman; produced by Les Armateurs, Mélusine Production, Close Up Films; France, Luxembourg, Switzerland.
- “CANAL+ Creative Aid” Award for a Short Film: Happiness, directed by Steve Cutts; United Kingdom.
- André-Martin Award for a French Feature Film: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, directed by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert; produced by Folivari, Panique!, StudioCanal, RTBF / BE TV; France.
- André-Martin Award for a French Short Film: This Magnificent Cake!, directed by Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef; produced by Best Animation, Vivement Lundi!, Pedri Animation BV; Belgium, France, The Netherlands.
- André-Martin Special Distinction for a French Short Film: La Chute, directed by Boris Labbé; produced by Sacrebleu Productions; France.
- City of Annecy Award: Mariposas, directed by Andrés Gómez Isaka and Mauricio Leiva Cock; produced by Lafinka, Fidelio Films; Colombia.
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