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‘Flee’ and ‘Peel’ Take Top Cristal Awards at Annecy 2021

Films by Jonas Poher Rasmussen and Samuel Patthey & Silvain Monney among 20 winners at the 45th festival edition, held both on-site and virtually, finally able to celebrate its 60th anniversary postponed from 2020 when the event was forced online due to the pandemic.

The 2021 edition of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the Mifa has just ended. A "battle" of an edition, according to CEO Mickaël Marin, that brought together more than 8,000 badge holders, half on-site. Despite the continuing challenges in the face of the continuing pandemic, professionals from and 96 countries and the local public finally celebration the eagerly-awaited 60th anniversary, which was postponed from last year.

This year, in a ceremony held at the Festival, hosted by Marin and festival director Marcel Jean, Annecy 2021 handed out the following 20 awards:

FEATURE FILMS

Cristal for a Feature Film:
Flee
Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden
SUN CREATURE STUDIO, FINAL CUT FOR REAL, VIVEMENT LUNDI !, MER FILMS, MOST FILM

Jury Award:
Ma famille afghane | My Sunny Maad
Michaela Pavlátová
Czech Republic, France, Slovakia
SACREBLEU PRODUCTIONS, NEGATIV S.R.O., BFILM, LTD.

Jury Distinction:
La Traversée | The Crossing
Florence Miailhe
Germany, France, Czech Republic
LES FILMS DE L'ARLEQUIN, BALANCE FILM GMBH, MAURFILM S.R.O., XBO FILMS

Gan Foundation Award for Distribution:Flee
Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden
SUN CREATURE STUDIO, FINAL CUT FOR REAL, VIVEMENT LUNDI !, MER FILMS, MOST FILM

After consistently supporting a feature film presented at the WIP (Work in Progress) since 2014 at Annecy, the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution is from now on awarding a Feature Film in the Official Competition. Presented by esteemed actor André Dussollier, this prize was given to Haut et Court, the French distributor of Flee, to enable them to organize several specific promotional actions for the film’s release in cinema theatres.

CONTRACHAMP

Contrachamp Award:
Bob Cuspe – Nós Não Gostamos de Gente | Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People
Cesar Cabral
Brazil
COALA FILMES

Contrachamp Jury Distinction:
Archipel | Archipelago
Félix Dufour-Laperriére
Canada
EMBUSCADE FILMS

SHORT FILMS

Cristal for a Short Film:
Écorce | Peel
Samuel Patthey, Silvain Monney
Switzerland
DOK MOBILE

Jury Award:
Easter Eggs
Nicolas Keppens
Belgium, France, Netherlands
ANIMAL TANK, KA-CHING CARTOONS, MIYU PRODUCTIONS

Jury Distinction – “Special Distinction for Direction”:
Affairs of the Art
Joanna Quinn
United Kingdom, Canada
BERYL PRODUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL LTD., ONF – OFFICE NATIONAL DU FILM DU CANADA

“JEAN-LUC XIBERRAS” Award for a First Film:
Hold Me Tight
Mélanie Robert-Tourneur
Belgium, France
VIVI FILM, LA CLAIRIÈRE PRODUCTION

“Off-Limits” Award:
Tunable Mimoid
Vladimir Todorovic
Australia
HOOPSNAKE STUDIO

TV AND COMMISSIONED FILMS

Cristal for a TV Production:
Vanille
Guillaume Lorin
France, Switzerland
FOLIMAGE, NADASDY FILM SARL

Jury Award for a TV Series:
Japan Sinks: 2020 "The Beginning of the End"
Masaaki Yuasa
Japan
SCIENCE SARU INC.

Jury Award for a TV Special:
Mum Is Pouring Rain
Hugo de Faucompret
France
LAÏDAK FILMS, DANDELOOO

COMMISSIONED FILMS

Cristal for a Commissioned Film
Kai "A Little Too Much"
Martina Scarpelli
USA

Jury Award for a Commissioned Film:
Hjelp, vi har en blind pasient | Help! We Have a Blind Patient
Robin Jensen
Norway
MIKROFILM AS

GRADUATION FILMS

Cristal for a Graduation Film:
Hippocampus | Hippocampe
Zehao Li
China
CHINA ACADEMY OF ART

Jury Award:
Avant
Marcell Mostoha
Hungary
MOME – MOHOLY-NAGY UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN

Jury Distinction – “Oustanding Art Direction”:
La Confiture de papillons | Butterfly Jam
Shih-Yen Huang
France, Taiwan
ENSAD – ÉCOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS

VR WORKS

Cristal for Best VR Work:
Replacements (Penggantian)
Jonathan Hagard
Germany, Indonesia, Japan
KAMPUNG AYU

Source: Annecy International Animation Film Festival

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