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'My Life As A Courgette/Zucchini', 'The Red Turtle' Triumph At The First Emile Awards

This past weekend saw the great and the good of the European animation world descend on the French city of Lille for the inaugural European Animation Awards ( The Emiles).

The biggest winner of the night was Swiss/French production My Life As A Courgette/My Life As A Zucchini. Claude Barras's stop-motion film won for Best Animated Feature,  Best Soundtrack In A Feature Film Production and Best Writing In A Feature Film Production. Michael Dudok de Wit's The Red Turtle (co-produced with Japan's Studio Ghibli) lost out in best feature, but won for Best Character Animation In A Feature Production and Best Storyboard In A Feature Production. Long Way North won for Best Background and Character Design In A Feature Production.

In television, Best TV/Broadcast production went to Magic Light Pictures two-part TV special Revolting Rhymes. which also took home Best Character Animation in the same category. Best Writing In A TV/Broadcast Production went to The Amazing World Of Gumball. Shaun The Sheep won the Storyboarding category for Television productions and best Background and Character Design went to the Ernest and Celestine series. Last Man won Best Soundtrack In A TV/Broadcast Production.

Elsewhere, The Last Job On Earth won Best Commisioned Film and Merlot won Best Student Film. Best Background and Character Design In A Short Film went to Peripheria. Min Borda won Best Animated Short Film. 

The legendary Richard Williams was awarded the Lotte Reiniger award for lifetime achievement.

Congratulations to all the winners! For the full list of nominees, see here.