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Annecy Competition Crowns 'I Lost My Body', 'Away' 'Buñuel' And More

The Annecy International Animation Festival has come to a close for another year. This year's festival boasted record attendance, with the event attracting 12,300 badgeholders -compared to 11,700 badgeholders in 2018) The closing night ceremony, as always, saw the winners of the competition crowned for another year. The Special Prizes were also handed out in a ceremony the previous evening.

This year's guest country may have been Japan, but despite the large number of Japanese film in the selection, they were shut out of the awards entirely. Instead, the Jury who include luminaries such as Dean Deblois, Nora Twomey and Studio Ponoc's Yoshiaki Nishimura selected films from countries such as Spain, Latvia, the UK, US and Argentina. But it was the festival's home country of France itself that was the big winner, taking home ten awards in total.

Jérémy Clapin's I Lost My Body followed up its Cannes victory with a double victory here, winning the prestigious Cristal For A Feature Film and Audience Award.  The Jury Distinction went to Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles, which also won an award for Music In A Feature Film.

The winner of the Contrechamp Award was Away, a feature film made single-handedly by Latvian animator Gints Zilbalodis.

The Annecy Festival will return for its 60th Edition from June 15 to June 2020, and it will spotlight African Animation. The full list of winners is below.

Feature films   

Cristal for a Feature Film
I Lost My Body

Jury Distinction
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles

Audience Award/Première
I Lost My Body

Contrechamp Award

Short films   

Cristal for a Short Film

Jury Award
Uncle Thomas- Accounting For The Days

Jury Distinction for its social significance
My Generation

Jury Distinction for its powerful storytelling

"Jean-Luc Xiberras" Award for a First Film

Audience Award

"Off-Limits" Award
Dont Know What

TV and commissioned films   

Cristal for a TV Production
A Town Called Panic: A Country Fair

Jury Award for a TV Series
Flavours Of Iraq

Jury Award for a TV Special
My Life in Versailles

Cristal for a Commissioned Film
Ted-Ed "Accents"

Jury Award
#TakeOnHistory "Wimbledon"

  Graduation films   

Cristal for a Graduation Film

Jury Award
Rules of Play

Jury Distinction
These Things in My Head - Side A

Special Prizes   

City of Annecy Award
Son of the Sea

André-Martin Distinction for a French Short Film

André-Martin Award for a French Short Film
My Jukebox: Side-A

André-Martin Award for a French Feature Film
The State Against Mandela And The Others

Vimeo Staff Pick Award
A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit 

Gan Foundation Award for Distribution

Best Original Music Award for a Short Film, sponsored by the SACEM
Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days

Best Original Music Award for a Feature Film, sponsored by the SACEM
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles


CANAL+ Young Audience Award
Big Wolf And Little Wolf

Young Audience Award
The Kite

Junior Jury Award for a Graduation Film

Junior Jury Award for a Short Film

Festivals Connexion – Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Award / In partnership with Lumières Numériques & Mèche Courte
Girl in the Hallway


Cristal for the Best VR Work
Gloomy Eyes