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Annecy, France — Guillermo del Toro, DreamWorks Animation’s Chris DeFaria and Bonnie Arnold and Sony Pictures Animation’s Kristine Belson were among guests at a seated dinner at Annecy’s lake-side Imperial Palace on Tuesday night to celebrate this year’s recipients of the 2017 Mifa & Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award: Eric Beckman, founder of New York’s Gkids, and Marc Bonny, founder of France’s Gebeka Films.
The choice of Beckman and Bonny was hardly made a chance affair. As Bonny remarked, accepting his award, the two are in many ways cousins.
Launched in 2008 but really taking off when David Jestead joined the company, Beckman said in his acceptance speech, Gkids is the only independent distributor to have won an Academy Award animated feature nomination. In fact, as a trailer suggested, the films it has distributed in the U.S. have won nine, taking in the Studio Ghibli films, »
- John Hopewell
Eric Beckman, founder and head of GKids, looks at animation in a different way than many of his contemporaries. This has made his independent distribution outfit a popular destination for filmmakers who are interested in telling complex stories with a more handmade approach to animation.
“We love what we do at GKids, and much of our passion is born out of the people we choose to work with,” says Beckman, who is receiving the Mifa & Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award at Annecy along with Gebeka Films’ Marc Bonny.
Founded in 2008, GKids rose in stature in 2010 when “The Secret of Kells” received an animated feature Oscar nomination, joining the likes of studio pics “Up,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Coraline” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”
“The extraordinary success of ‘Kells’ really helped us, both with profitability and exposure, »
- Nick Clement
“In France, we have the religion of the auteur,” says Gebeka Films’ Marc Bonny laughing. It explains why his eye for animation looks to the diverse and distinctive — films driven by eccentric minds and brilliant ideas rather than franchises, tie-ins and marketing opportunities. It has been a decade since Bonny first hit on the strategy that has made him a pioneer in the world of crossover animation, starting as a distributor but recently branching out into production, as he did with this year’s Cannes out-of-competition title “Zombillennium.”
Bonny, along with GKids’ Erik Beckman, are the joint recipients of the Mifa & Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award at the Annecy festival.
It began in 1997, with the formation of Gebeka Films. “I wanted to specialize in high-quality films for children,” Bonny recalls. “At that time I thought of distributing both live-action films and animated films, but at the very beginning »
- Damon Wise
Cannes — Eric Beckman and Marc Bonny, the founders of New York’s Gkids and Lyon’s Gebeka Films in France, will be the joint recipients of the 2017 Variety & Mifa’s Animation Personality of the Year Award.
The prize will be presented in Annecy next month at the 32nd International Animation Film Market (Mifa), the industry forum of France’s Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival which for a decade has been one of the fastest-growing film events in Europe.
In 2017, the Award celebrate Beckman and Bonny’s mutual commitment to independent animation cinema. Both distributors, Gkids was founded in 2008, Gebeka Films way before in 1997. Both Gkids and Gebeka distributed the Academy Award-nominated “My Life as a Courgette,” Gebeka also co-producing the Swiss-French animated feature. »
- John Hopewell
Bordeaux France — Switzerland’s Rita Productions and France’s Blue Spirit Productions and Gebeka Films took the European Producer of the Year plaudit for “My Life as a Courgette” at the 2017 edition of Cartoon Movie, which closed Friday in Bordeaux, France.
Switzerland’s Claude Barras, the director of “Courgette,” was also honored with European Director of the Year.
The two awards at Europe’s top dedicated European movie animation co-meet add to a high-profile kudos collection for the stop-motion dramedy which sets it apart as, in prizes and nominations at least, as the most successful European animated feature of the last 12 months.
Awards recognition takes in a nomination for both the 2017 Academy Awards and Golden Globes, César Awards in France for Best Animated Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay, and a Cristal Award for Best Feature and Audience Award at the 2016 Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival in 2016.
Released in the U. »
- Emilio Mayorga
Exclusive: Sales and distribution deals for Pachamama, from Ernest And Celestine producer.
Sc Films has boarded international sales rights to animation feature Pachamama from Oscar-nominated producer Didier Brunner, known for The Triplets Of Belleville, The Secret Of Kells and Ernest And Celestine.
The film has started production in France where it is due to be theatrically released by Haut Et Court in 2018. Studiocanal handles some home entertainment rights in France.
Set in the Andes, Pachamama follows the story of young boy Tepulpaï, who dreams of becoming a Shaman, and his best friend Naïra. When a sacred treasure is taken from their village, they set off on a mission to retrieve the irreplaceable artefact.
Producers are Folivari, O2B Films »
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