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Golden Cartoon goes to The Little Boy and the Beast

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Golden Cartoon goes to The Little Boy and the Beast

The Cartoon Forum Polska, which kicked off on September 13 in Sopot (see news), yesterday evening unveiled the prize list for the Golden Cartoon 2011. Bringing together 23 titles that have already won awards at European festivals, the competition crowned German duo Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötterles’s short film The Little Boy and the Beast and showed the high artistic level of European animated films, their originality and a clear tendency to explore themes with a deep impact on human beings.

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The directors of The Little Boy and the Beast commented: "When we started to read Marcus Sauermann’s screenplay, we thought it was a funny little story about a boy and a monster. But when we finished it, we realised it was a real story about divorce". With a runtime of 6m30s, this short film produced by Studio Soi (Ludwigsburg) was previously crowned at Animadrid, at the Bratislava Animation Biennial and Encounters Bristol International Film Festival.

The jury (Stéphane Bernasconi, Tony Loeser and Victor Maldonado) picked out five other films including two that attracted attention for their high degree of violence combined with great modern and innovative qualities: Polish helmer Damian Nenow’s Paths of Hate (Platige Image); and David O’Reilly’s Irish/German co-production The External World (David OReilly Animation & Detailfilm). Honours also went to Verena Fels’s highly humorous German film Mobile (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg); André Bergs’s Pivot (Il Luster Productions d’Utrecht), which shows how a victim can become an executor; and directorial duo Jakob Schuh and Max Lang’s Brit production The Gruffalo, in which a little mouse in the forest intelligently and ingeniously confronts the biggest and most frightening of creatures.

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(Translated from French)

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