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Annecy Festival Awards "Boy and the World", "Giovanni's Island" and More

The Annecy International Animation Festival in France is something like the Cannes of animation. Attended by figures from the industry from around the world, it's a  place to catch many upcoming animations before the general public. The 38th annual event ran from June 9th to 14th, and the whole shebang always closes with the handing out of the awards.

Brazil's Boy and The World (pictured above) was the big winner, taking home the awards for best feature and audience choice. The sophomore film from director Ale Abreu is a traditionally animated feature without dialogue, and has already been picked up for US distribution by GKids. US animation legend Bill Plympton (Idiots and Angels) took home the Jury Award for his latest work Cheatin'. There was also success for Japanese animators too- Giovanni's Island, the latest work from Production IG- the makers of Ghost In the Shell - was awarded the Jury distinction.

The festival also paid tribute to Studio Ghibli legend Isao Takahata, who's latest movie The Tale of Princess Kaguya opened the festival. Takahata was given a special Honorary Award for his contributions to the artform.  The festival's Artistic Director Marcel Jean paid tribute to the great man:
"[A] Filmmaker of an exceptional scale, Mr Takahata is also a great humanist whose work has become a reference for those who believe in the greatness of animation as a cinematic art form."
The full list of awards follows:

Giovanni's Island

Feature Films

  • ANNECY CRYSTAL AWARD: Boy And The World (Ale Abreu, Brazil)
  • JURY AWARD: Cheatin' (Bill Plympton, USA)
  • JURY DISTINCTION: Giovanni's Island ( (Mizuho Nishikubo, Japan)
  • AUDIENCE AWARD Boy And The World (Ale Abreu, Brazil)

Short Films

  • ANNECY CRYSTAL AWARD:Man On the Chari  (Dahee Jeong, France-South Korea)
  • JURY AWARD: Patch  (Gerd Gockell, Germany-Switzerland)
  • FIRST FILM: Hasta Santiago (Mauro Carraro, Pierre Manchot, France-Switzerland)
  • SPECIAL MENTION:   Absent Minded (Italy, Roberto Catani); Bus Stories (Tali, Canada)
  • AUDIENCE AWARD: Anatole’s Little Saucepan (Eric Montchaud, France)
  • OFF-LIMIT AWARD: Foreign Bodies (Nicholas Brault, Canada)

 TV Production

  • ANNECY CRYSTAL AWARD: En sortant de l’école’s tant de forêts, (Burcu Sankur, Geoffrey Godet, France) 
  • JURY AWARD (TV SERIES) Tumble Leaf “Kite”  (Drew Hodges, U.S.) 
  • JURY AWARD (TV SPECIAL): The Scent Of Carrot (Remi Durin, Arnaud Demuynck, France, Belgium, Switzerland) 

 Graduation films

  • ANNECY CRYSTAL AWARD: The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs, U.K.) 
  • JURY AWARD: An Adventurous Afternoon (Ines Christine Geisser, Kirsten Carina Geisser, Germany) 
  • JURY SPECIAL MENTION:  The Age of Curious  (Luca Toth, U.K.) 


  •  THE FESTIVAL CONNECTIONS AWARD: Through the Hawthorn (Anna Brenner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt, U.K.)
  • FIPRESCI AWARD: No Fish Where to Go  (Nicola Lemay, Janice Nadeau, Canada)
  • THE GAN FOUNDATION PRIZE: Adama (Simon Rouby, France)
  • CANAL PLUS CREATIVE AID AWARD FOR A SHORT FILM :Wonder (Mirai Mizue, France, Japan)