Friday, September 21

European Animation Awards handed out at a glittering ceremony

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The European Animation Awards took place at Lille, France on 8th December. And taking part in the event were over a thousand people that included a who’s who of top European animation directors.

The awards, called the Emiles, aspire to honor the diverse range of commercial and independent filmmaking currently being produced across Europe.

Awards were handed out in 16 different categories, as well as a lifetime achievement award that was collected by Richard Williams (The Thief and the Cobbler, Who Framed Roger Rabbit).

On the feature side, the winners were led by the Swiss/French feature My Life as a Zucchini which won the top prize for best feature film, in addition to honors for its script and soundtrack. Its three awards were the most for any project this evening.

Michael Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle picked up two honors for character animation and storyboard, while Rémi Chayé’s Long Way North was recognized for its background and character design.

In the broadcast categories, the two-part TV special Revolting Rhymes that has been shortlisted for Oscar nomination consideration  earned the main prize for best TV/broadcast production in addition to an award for best character animation. Though it is officially listed as a U.K. production, the special was animated at studios in Berlin, Germany and Cape Town, South Africa.

Television honors were also handed out to The Amazing World of Gumball, the Ernest and Celestine series, Shaun the Sheep and Lastman.

Moth Studio’s The Last Job on Earth picked up the honor for best commissioned film, while Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s The Burden earned the nod for best animated short film.

list of winners:

Feature Film
My Life as a Zucchini (France, Switzerland)

TV/Broadcast Production
Revolting Rhymes (U.K.)

Animated Short Film
The Burden (Sweden)

Student Film
Merlot (Italy)

Commissioned Film
The Last Job on Earth (U.K.)

Background and Character Design in an Animated Short Film
Peripheria (France)

Background and Character Design in a TV/Broadcast Production
Ernest & Celestine (France)

Background and Character Design in a Feature Film Production
Long Way North (France, Denmark)

Character Animation in a TV/Broadcast Production
Revolting Rhymes (U.K.)

Character Animation in a Feature Film Production
The Red Turtle (France, Belgium)

Writing in a TV/Broadcast Production
The Amazing World of Gumball (U.K.)

Writing in a Feature Film Production
My Life as a Zucchini (France, Switzerland)

Soundtrack in a TV/Broadcast Production
Lastman (France)

Soundtrack in a Feature Film Production

My Life as a Zucchini (France, Switzerland)

Storyboard in a TV/Broadcast Production
Shaun The Sheep” (Season 5) (U.K.)

Storyboard in a Feature Film Production
The Red Turtle (France, Belgium)

Lotte Reiniger Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Williams