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Oscar-nominated My Life As A Courgette wins two prizes as industry present upcoming animations.
The Swiss-French animated feature My Life As A Courgette picked up two of the Cartoon Tributes at the 19th edition of Cartoon Movie (March 8-10) after voting by the co-production market’s participants.
The distinction of European producer of the year went to Max Karli and Pauline Gygax’s Geneva-based Rita Productions together with their French partners Blue Spirit Productions and distributor Gebeka Films for the stop-motion comedy-drama, which faced stiff competition from the production teams of Richard The Stork and Ethel & Ernest.
In addition, the animation community gathered in Bordeaux voted Courgette’s director Claude Barras as European director of the year.
My Life As a Courgette won Césars in France last month for best animated feature and best adapted screenplay after receiving the European Film Award for best European animated feature in Wroclaw in December and being nominated for a best »
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Barcelona– “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” “Zombillenium,” and “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” are among the 55 projects selected for Cartoon Movie, Europe’s leading movie co-production event devoted to animation, which will take place in the French city of Bordeaux, kicking off March 8.
Much awaited, and produced by France’s Maybe Movies and Belgium’s Belvision, “Zombillenium” is based on Arthur de Pins’ eponymous comicbooks. Directed by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord, it turns on a Halloween theme park that is the only place on earth where real monsters can hide. “Zombillenium” is in production and is represented for international sales by Urban Distribution International (Udi).
Sold by Studiocanal, “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales”” marks another co-production between France, here Didier Brunner’s Folivari, and Belgium (Panique!), one of Europe’s most fertile production axes for upscale animated features.
Producers will be offering a sneak preview at Bordeaux. »
- Emilio Mayorga
Beverly Hills-based Cinema Management Group (Cmg) has acquired international sales rights to 3D animation feature “Ainbo,”produced by Lima-based Tunche Films and a standout animated feature project at Ventana Sur’s new Animation! film-tv market in early December.
Cmg will introduce “Ainbo” to buyers at next month’s Berlinale European Film Market.
Picking up “Ainbo,” Cmg continues to drive into select world cinema animation movies as animators in emerging markets seek to populate the minds of their young audiences with indigenous elements – rites, mythological characters, lush landscapes – which can complement highly popular Hollywood toon blockbusters, avidly consumed by local audiences.
International animation also aims often highlights key issues – ecology, diversity – whose importance doesn’t end at national borders.
A consequence is that the animated movies produced around the world can also command an audience outside their country of origin precisely because their local elements have large international appeal offering fresh, »
- John Hopewell
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