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AWARDS Europe

Jubilation for The Breadwinner at the Emile Awards

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- Nora Twomey’s film dominated the winners’ list at the second edition of the European animation awards with four prizes, outstripping Denis Do’s Funan

Jubilation for The Breadwinner at the Emile Awards
The Breadwinner by Nora Twomey

Having scooped a respectable bounty of prizes since last year’s premiere in Toronto, including an Oscar nomination, a Jury Award and an Audience Award at Annecy and a nomination for the upcoming European Film Awards, The Breadwinner [+see also:
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by Irish director Nora Twomey dominated the coveted feature film category of last Saturday’s Emile Awards in Lille, at a ceremony celebrating European animation. A co-production led by Twomey for Cartoon Saloon, in partnership with Canada and Luxembourg’s Mélusine Productions, The Breadwinner was presented with four awards, including the top prize for best direction, best storyboard, best character animation and best background and character design — outdoing Funan [+see also:
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, by French filmmaker Denis Do, who triumphed in the categories of best writing (with a screenplay written by the director and Magali Pouzol) and best sound design.

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Thirteen other prizes were also handed out at this second edition of the Emile Awards (founded by the European Animation Awards Association), including the Lotte Reiniger Award —a lifetime achievement award bestowed on the UK’s Clare Kitson, responsible for turning Channel 4 into a bastion of animation. Also worthy of note is the haul of prizes enjoyed by Danish television productions, particularly the series The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe. Finally, congratulations are also due to the short film Ce magnifique gâteau ! by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels

The full winners’ list is as follows:

Feature Film

Best Direction
The Breadwinner [+see also:
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- Nora Twomey (Ireland/Luxembourg/Canada)

Best Writing
Denis Do, Magali Pouzol - Funan [+see also:
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interview: Denis Do
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]
(France/Belgium/Luxembourg/Cambodia)

Best Storyboard
Giovanna Ferrari, Julien Regnard, Stuart Shankly - The Breadwinner

Best Character Animation
Nora Twomey - The Breadwinner

Best Background and Character Design
Sandra Andersen, Ciaran Duffy, Reza Raihi - The Breadwinner

Best Soundtrack
Mikel Salas - Another Day of Life [+see also:
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interview: Raul de la Fuente
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]
(Poland/Spain/Belgium/Germany)

Best Sound Design
Funan - Nicolas Leroy, Michel Schillings, Nicolas Tran Trong

Other Categories

Best Achievement in Student Film
Enough - Anna Mantzaris (United Kingdom)

Best Achievement in a Commissioned Film
A Most Precise and Nuanced Look into the Life of the Man Legend and Visionary - Martin Luther - Magnus Island (Denmark)

Best Short Film
Ce magnifique gâteau! (This Magnificent Cake!) - Emma de Swaef, Marc James Roels (Belgium/France/the Netherlands)

Best Background and Character Design in an Animated Short Film
Gilles Cuvelier - (Fool) Time Job (France)

TV/Broadcast Production

Best Direction
Christian Boving-Andersen, Eva Lee Wallberg - The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe (Denmark)

Best Writing
Kim Fupz Aakeson, Ida Mule Scott - Vitello (Vitello Gets a Yucky Girlfriend) (Denmark)

Best Storyboard
Kenneth Ladekjaer, Eva Lee Wallberg - The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe

Best Character Animation
Tina Lykke Thorn, Henrik Sonniksen, Mikkel Vedel, Eva Lee Wallberg - The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe

Best Background and Character Design
Mikkel Sommer, Birk Von Brockdorff - The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe

Best Soundtrack
Yan Volsy, Pablo Rico - Un homme est mort (A Man is Dead) (France)

Best Sound Design
Célia Sayaphoum - Athleticus (Middle-distance running) (France)

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(Translated from French)

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