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'Bunuel', 'I Lost My Body' Among European Film Award Animation Nominees

As we come into the last quarter of the year much of the conversation in the entertainment industry turns to one thing- awards. As we enter another award season, it's time for another crop of films and shorts to compete for glory.

The major Hollywood awards ceremonies are not for a while yet, but ahead of them all are the European Film Awards, which will take place on December 7 in Berlin.  Although the majority of the nominations are to be announced on November 7, The European Film Academy has announced this year's nominees for European Animated Film ahead of the pack.

The Academy has nominated four features this year, three of which are French productions or co-productions. They've all been warmly received on the international festival circuit.

It makes for an interesting list as its one animation category that isn't going to be dominated by Disney, DreamWorks or any other big US company.

The Nominees are:

Spanish-Netherlands production Bunuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles from Salvador Simo recreates the story behind the making of Luis Bunuel's film The Land Without Bread. It's been a hit on the festival circuit and has been released in the US by GKIDS Films.  It won the Jury distinction prize at this year's Annecy Festival.

French feature I Lost My Body from Jeremy Clapin previously won the critics week prize at the Cannes Festival and will screen in competition at Animation Is Film festival this weekend. It will be released internationally on Netflix.

Marona's Fantastic Tale is a French-Romanian-Belgium co-production from director Anca Damian. It will be released in the US via GKIDS.

The Swallows Of Kabul is Zabou Breitman and Elea Gobbe-Mevellec's tale of life under the Taliban regime. The film doesn't yet have US or UK distribution announced, but will screen at Animation Is Film