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CARTOON 2022 Cartoon Movie

Cartoon Movie hands out its awards

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- Jonas Poher Rasmussen was crowned Director of the Year, whilst Romain Renard and Fursy Teyssier scooped the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award

Cartoon Movie hands out its awards
Sébastien Onomo (Special Touch Studios), Anne-Laure Guégan (Need Productions), Romain Renard (Creative Touch Studios) and Fursy Teyssier (Creative Touch Studios) collecting their Eurimages award (© Cartoon)

It’s a wrap for this year’s Cartoon Movie. Finally back to its full-fledged physical format, the gathering unspooled in Bordeaux from 8-10 March and hosted 913 participants from 42 countries, including 297 buyers and 150 distributors and sales agents. On Day 3 of the event, Cartoon’s team handed out this year’s Tributes along with the prestigious Eurimages Co-Production Development Award.

Jonas Poher Rasmussen, helmer of Flee [+see also:
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(Denmark/France/Norway/Sweden), was crowned Director of the Year. Premiered at last year’s Sundance, the film has already made history for being the first nominated in all three major categories at the Academy Awards (Best International Feature, Best Documentary, Best Animated Feature). It follows a man called Amin Nawabi, who, on the verge of marrying his husband, shares his story about his hidden past fleeing his home country of Afghanistan to Denmark as a refugee.

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The Producer of the Year award was received by the Czech Republic’s Fresh Films, France’s Les Films du Cygne, Slovakia’s Cinemart SK and Poland’s Animoon for their work on Denisa Grimmová and Jan Bubeníček’s Even Mice Belong in Heaven [+see also:
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. The picture centres on two mortal enemies, namely little mouse Whizzy and Whitebelly the fox, who after an unfortunate accident, meet in animal heaven. They lose their natural instincts and become best friends. Their wish to stay together after they return to earth comes true, but they are reborn into opposite roles.

The Distributor of the Year was Paris-based Charades, whose rich animation catalogue includes European productions such as Even Mice Belong in Heaven, Marona’s Fantastic Tale [+see also:
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, The Queen’s Corgi [+see also:
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, and I Lost My Body [+see also:
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Finally, the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award – consisting of a cash prize of €20,000 – went to Melvile, co-directed by Romain Renard and Fursy Teyssier and produced by Belgium’s Need Productions, along with French outfits Creative Touch Studios and Special Touch Studios. The jury was impressed by the “dark and intricate story which fully immersed them in the world of the protagonist.” They also argued that the filmmakers have devised a new method of animation, called ‘charcoalisation’ which successfully serves the artistic vision of Renard, author of the original graphic novel. In detail, the story follows Paul Rivest, who returns to the titular town after 25 years. He knows the place pretty well, having spent all his summer vacations there as a child with his grandmother. Feeling responsible for the death of his first love and his best friend in a fire that destroyed the region the summer of his 15th birthday, his return to Melvile forces him to stir up the past. As Paul discovers the real reasons for Ruth and Thomas’s death, his stay turns into a nightmare because the town is not done with him.

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