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‘The Burden,’ ‘Over the Wall’ Win Cristal Awards at Annecy 2017

Sweden’s ‘The Burden’ directed by Niki Lindroth Von Bahr wins Cristal Award for a Short Film; Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa’s ‘Lu Over the Wall’ receives Cristal for a Feature Film.

Masaaki Yuasa’s ‘Lu Over the Wall’ wins Cristal Award for a feature film at Annecy 2017.

The 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival handed out awards at a closing night ceremony held Saturday night at the Annecy Town Hall. Among the 216 films selected for the official competition, 17 projects received awards, including Sweden’s Min Börda (The Burden), directed by Niki Lindroth Von Bahr, which was given the Cristal for a Short Film, and Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa’s Lu Over the Wall, which received the Cristal for a Feature Film.

Swiss animator Georges Schwizgebel was given the Honorary Cristal Award to commemorate his prolific career.

“For the fifth year in a row, the Annecy Festival awarded the Honorary Cristal to a leading figure in the animation world. This year, it’s not only an exceptional filmmaker that we’ve crowned, but a friend as well. The Swiss director Georges Schwizgebel has had his films in competition at the Annecy Festival fourteen times. Georges has been a member of the jury at the Festival twice and two of his shorts, The Ride to the Abyss and 78 Turns, are included in the list of the 100 best animation films that we published in 2006,” festival artistic director Marcel Jean commented.

“Georges Schwizgebel is an animation guru, an artisan of precision and an artist who has inspired many young animators. His style can be described as baroque and swirling, characterized by a confident brushstroke and a resolutely postmodern approach with his relationship to history and art.” Jean added.

Schwizgebel’s most recent short film, Erlking, was screened as his son Louis Schwizgebel-Wang played the piano.

The full list of awards is shown below:

TV AND COMMISSIONED FILMS

Commissioned Films

Jury Award
Moby “Are You Lost in the World Like Me?”
Steve Cutts
STEVE CUTTS (USA, UNITED KINGDOM)

Cristal for a Commissioned Film
Material World
Anna Ginsburg
STRANGE BEAST (United Kingdom)

TV Series and Specials

Special Distinction for a TV Series
BoJack Horseman “Fish Out Of Water”
Mike Hollingsworth
TORNANTE PRODUCTIONS, LLC (USA)

Jury Award for a TV Series
The Man-Woman Case “Wanted”
Anaïs Caura
MY FANTASY / 2 P2L, FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS NOUVELLES ÉCRITURES (France)

Cristal for a TV Production
Revolting Rhymes Part One
Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer, Bin-han To
MAGIC LIGHT PICTURES (United Kingdom)

GRADUATION FILMS

Jury Distinction
Pas à pas
Charline Arnoux, Mylène Gapp, Léa Rubinstayn, Florian Heilig, Mélissa Roux
ESMA (ÉCOLE SUPÉRIEURE DES MÉTIERS ARTISTIQUES) (France)

Jury Award
Summer’s Puke is Winter’s Delight
Sawako Kabuki
TAMA ART UNIVERSITY (Japan)

Cristal for a Graduation Film
Sog
Jonatan Schwenk
HFG – HOCHSCHULE FÜR GESTALTUNG OFFENBACH AM MAIN (Germany)

OFF-LIMITS SHORT FILMS

Off-Limits Award
Dix puissance moins quarante-trois seconde
FRANCIS
MIYU PRODUCTIONS (France)

FEATURE FILMS

Audience Award
The talented Jean-Pierre Jeunet bestowed the Audience Award upon Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman for Loving Vincent. The film has been a great success since its world premiere on Tuesday 13th June.
TRADEMARK FILMS, BREAKTHRU PRODUCTIONS (Poland, United Kingdom)

Jury Award
In This Corner of the World
Sunao Katabuchi
MAPPA (MARUYAMA ANIMATION PRODUCE PROJECT ASSOCIATION), GENCO, INC. (Japan)

Cristal for a Feature Film
Lu Over the Wall
Masaaki Yuasa
SCIENCE SARU INC. (Japan)

SHORT FILMS

Audience Award
Grandpa Walrus
Lucrèce Andreae
CAÏMANS PRODUCTIONS (France)

Jury Distinction
The Ogre
Laurène Braibant
PAPY3D PRODUCTIONS (France)

The Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for a First Film
The Blissful Accidental Death
Sergiu Negulici
ABIS STUDIO(Romania)

Jury Award
Kötü Kiz (Wicked Girl)
Ayce Kartal
LES VALSEURS (France, Turkey)

Cristal for a Short Film
Min Börda (The Burden)
Niki Lindroth Von Bahr
MALADE AB (Sweden)

After the 2017 Festival hit the milestone with 10,000 accreditations (11% more than in 2016), we’ll see you in Annecy from 11th to 16th June 2018 to pay tribute to Brazilian animation!

Source: Annecy International Animated Film Festival

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.

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