Making its premiere in China, Dmitri — created by Agnes Lecreux — picked up the Golden Dolphin award for Best Animated TV Series (International Competition) at the 8th Cyber Sousa – Xiamen International Animation Festival. This marks the third show produced by French studio Vivement Lundi! has achieve this honor: It’s Chinese from Isabelle Lenoble & Lisa Bresner and Small Players by Bruno Collet won Golden Dolphins in 2010 and 2012. Konstantin Bronzit’s We Can’t Live Without Cosmos took the competition’s prize for Best Animated Short.
Dmitri is a stop-motion series for preschoolers and is co-directed by Lecreux, Ben Tesseur and Steven de Beul; and co-produced with Vivement Lundi by Beast Animation (Belgium) and Nadasdy Film (Switzerland). The show recounts the adventures in Africa experienced by Dmitri, a small European bird lost in the savannah. Dimtri premiered on France 5 in 2014 and has sold to 15 countries.
The winning episode, “Tears of the Crocodile,” has already received honors from the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival. The script was written by Matthieu Chevallier. The newly awarded Golden Dolphin from Cyber Sousa is worth 200,000 RMB (over $30,000 USD).