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Old Man Wins Annecy

The Oscar winner for best short animated film, THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, has won the coveted grand prize at the International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy. In a lively ceremony held on Saturday, June 10, 2000, the awards were handed out by the festivals artistic director, Serge Bromberg. The short and feature film jury, comprised of Meral Erez (Turkey), Aida Ndiaye (Senegal), Georges Schwizgebel (Switzerland), John Lasseter (U.S.A.) and Jimmy T. Murakami (Ireland), bestowed the top honor to the adaptation of Ernest Hemmingways novella. The award was presented to director Alexander Petrov, who was truly moved, giving a lengthy acceptance speech where he also recognized his producers Pascal Blais Productions. The paint-on-glass Imax short also won the audience prize. This years jury decided not to award a prize for feature films. The television jury awarded the Fox Family hit series ANGELA ANACONDA with the grand prix for best TV programme for the "Ice Breakers" episode. This years TV jury included Eve Baron (France), Alfio Bastiancich (Italy) and Phil Roman (U.S.A.). The student jury made up of Natalya Loukinykh (Russia), Bruce Bickford (U.S.A.) and Jiri Kubicek (Czech Republic) gave the top honors to THE MOMENT by Thomas Voigt. Honorary president of the festival, Roy Disney presented the UNICEF award to the anti-drug short RUN OF THE MILL from Denmark. Disney led into the award with a wonderful speech on his experience at this years Annecy festival and UNICEFs worthwhile work, which has been supported by the Walt Disney Company for several decades. The festival also recognized the famed Richard Williams with the humorous Rabbit award for his career as an animator and animation instructor. Accompanied by Bromberg on the piano, Williams graced the attendees by playing "When You Wish Upon A Star" on his trumpet. The evening capped off the festival, which featured many surprises, like a special preview of CHICKEN RUN and the world premiere of Pixars new short, FOR THE BIRDS. Below is the complete list of winners.

Grand Prix Short Film

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by Alexander Petrov

Special Jury Prize

VILLAGE OF IDIOTS by Eugene Fedorenko and Rose Newlove

Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for Best First Film

CAGED BIRDS CANNOT FLY by Luis Briceno

Special Distinction Award for Humor and Sensitivity

BROTHER by Adam Benjamin Elliot

Special Distinction for the Freedom of Line and the Intense Message

THE MAN WITH THE BEAUTIFUL EYES by Jonathan Hodgson

Grand Prix TV Programme

ANGELA ANACONDA "Ice Breakers" by Sue Rose and Joanna Ferrone

Special Award for a TV Series

LES SHADOKS ET LE BIG BLANK "Le Trou À Gégène" by Jacques Rouxel

Special Award for a TV Series (Episode of More Than 13 Minutes)

MTV DOWNTOWN by Tony Kluck

Award for Special TV

ROBBIE THE REINDEER: HOOVES OF FIRE by Richard Goleszowski

Award for A Pilot Series or TV Special

INVADER ZIM by Jordan Reichek

Award for Educational, Scientific or Industrial Film

SUPERWHY by Dave Thomas

Award for Advertising Film

NOT SO CLEVER TREVOR AT THE CARNIVAL by Dave Thomas

Award for the Best Animated Sequence

MICROFILME 6 by Santiago Sequeiros

Award for Best Animated Student Film

THE MOMENT by Thomas Voigt

Student Special Distinction

RIEN by Kunyi Chen

The Childrens Jury Award for Short Fiction Film

THE PERIWIG-MAKER by Steffen Schaeffler

The Childrens Jury Award for Student or Graduation Film

STARSHEEPS by Antoine Deschamps, Jovann Leblanc and Alban Vandekerkove

The UNICEF Award

RUN OF THE MILL by Börge Ring

Audience Award

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by Alexander Petrov

FIPRESCI Award

MÉDIA by Pavel Koutsky

FIPRESCI Special Distinction

LE CHAPEAU by Michèle Cournoyer

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