The Paris Radio and Television Club in France gave a nod to the quality of local productions by awarding the Best Children’s TV Program honors to The Long Long Holiday. The 21st edition of the ceremony, a prestigious event which celebrates programs and personalities that have contributed the most to “cultural enrichment” over the past year, was held February 8.
The Long Long Holiday (10 x 26 or 5 x 50) is an HD CG-animated series produced by Les Armateurs and distributed by Cyber Group Studios. Aimed at kids ages 6-12, the show recounts the daily lives of a brother and sister who are left at their grandparents’ house near the Normandy coast at the beginning of World War II. The series sheds a new light on the historical context of the time and place as seen through the eyes of two young, urban children who know nothing of the country and — despite the war — experience the most wonderful adventures discovering nature and making new friends.
“We are very proud of this prize, which rewards a risk-taking saga on World War II as seen through the eyes of little children,” says Les Armateurs General Manager & Line Producer Ivan Rouveure. “The high audience share and the viewers’ enthusiasm are proof that TV for children can propose entertaining, smart, and high-quality programs.”
Cyber Group Studios President Pierre Sissmann adds, “It is such an honor and a pleasure to distribute such a beautifully produced program, which is not only a great piece of entertainment but sheds light on a major part of our European history.”
In 2015, The Long Long Holiday was included in the official selection for the Annecy Animation Film Festival, Totally Serialized Festival (UK0 and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. This year, the show has been selected for the Stuttgart animation festival, the International Film Festival for kids in Montreal and is presented to the International Emmy Awards. Broadcast partners include France Televisions and Canal+ (France), ZDF (Germany), RTS (Switzerland), DR and TV5 (Denmark) with additional major markets in discussion.