Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner came up trumps at the inaugural edition of Animation is Film festival, claiming both the festival’s grand prize and audience award.
The Breadwinner is the story of a 12-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan, who, after her father’s wrongful arrest, must pretend to be a boy to be able to work and provide for her family.
The Ireland-Canada-Luxembourg co-production was initiated by Cartoon Saloon, the two-time Oscar-nominated Irish studio responsible for films like The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea.
The film will be released theatrically in the United States on November 17.
Here, it must be noted that twelve animated features from around the world screened in the first edition of the competition.
The only other award presented at the event was a special jury prize to the French feature Big Bad Fox & Other Tales directed by Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner.