Animated films from the U.K. snagged three of the five nominations for this year’s Cartoon d’Or, the European Association of Animation Film’s annual award for best short film, to be presented during Cartoon Forum in the Catalan city of Girona. The winner will be announced during a ceremony on Sept. 21 in Girona’s Teatre Municipal.
Organised by CARTOON (European Association of Animation Film), Cartoon Forum is an annual event aimed at advancing the production, distribution and financing of European animated series for television and new media. The 18th edition of this event is being held Sept. 19-22 in Girona, which is approximately 100 km from Barcelona.
The five Cartoon d’Or finalists were selected from 27 candidates. They are: Life Line by Tomek Ducki (Hungary). Peter & the Wolf by Suzie Templeton (U.K.), The Irresistible Smile by Ami Lindhom (Finland), The Pearce Sisters by Luis Cook (U.K.) and t.o.m. by Daniel Gray & Tom Brown (U.K.).
The Cartoon d’Or competition is exclusively reserved for short films that received awards from Cartoon’s ten European partner festivals. The 2007 jury is composed of Hungarian director Aron Gauder (The District), Estonian director and Cartoon d’Or 2004 nominee Janno P’ldma (Lotte from Gadgetville) and Televisi’ de Catalunya’s head of youth and children’s programs, Xavier Romero. The Cartoon d’Or Night is sponsored by Televisi’ de Catalunya and is organized with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
Cartoon d’Or 2007 partner festivals include Anima in Brussels, Belgium; Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, U.K.; Festival International du Film d’Animation in Annecy, France; Holland Animation Film Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands; the International Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart in Germany and the International Festival of Animated Films in Trebon, Czech Republic.
Cartoon Forum is being made possible this year with the support of partners Generalitat de Catalunya’Institut Catal’ de les Ind’stries Culturals (ICIC), Televisi’ de Catalunya (TVC) and Catalan Films & TV (CF&TV). Also lending support are Ajuntament de Girona, Instituto de la Cinematograf’a y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA), MEDIA Antena Catalunya and Universitat de Girona.