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Franck Dion’s ‘The Head Vanishes’ Wins Cristal Award at Annecy 2016

The Cristal for a Feature Film is awarded to French-Swiss co-production ‘My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette),’ directed by Claude Barras.

The juries from the 40th Annecy International Animation Film Festival revealed the 2016 award winners during the Closing Ceremony on Saturday, June 18th.

Festival director Marcel Jean, alongside Song of the Sea director Tomm Moore and Tant Mieux Prod. founder Delphine Maury, bestowed the Honorary Cristal upon Les Armateurs producer Didier Brunner for all his accomplishments throughout his career.

Eighteen awards were handed out at the ceremony, including the Cristal for a short film, which went to NFB and PAPY3D co-production The Head Vanishes (Une tête disparaît) by Franck Dion. The Cristal for a Feature Film was given to French-Swiss co-production directed by Claude Barras, My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette), which also won the Audience Award, and the Cristal for a Graduation Film was awarded to Depart at 22 by Wiep Teeuwisse at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht in the Netherlands.

The full list of winners is shown below:

TV AND COMMISSIONED FILMS

Commissioned films

Jury Award

Awesome Beetle’s Colors
Indra Sproge
INFINITY BOX
Latvia

Cristal for a Commissioned Film

The New York Times “Modern Love – A Kiss, Deferred”
Moth Collective
NICHOLAS VAN DER KOLK
United Kingdom

TV films

Jury Award for a TV Series

Lili “Lili Loves Food”
Siri Melchior
DANSK TEGNEFILM 2 APS
Denmark, United Kingdom

Jury Award for a TV Special

La Rentrée des classes
Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar
PANIQUE, AUTOUR DE MINUIT, BEAST ANIMATION
Belgium, France

Cristal for a TV Production

Stick Man
Jeroen Jaspaert, Daniel Snaddon
MAGIC LIGHT PICTURES
United Kingdom

GRADUATION FILMS

Jury Distinction

Frankfurter Str. 99a
Evgenia Gostrer
HOCHSCHULE FÜR KUNST UND GESTALTUNG/SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN KASSEL
Germany

Jury Award

Balcony (Balkon)
David Dell’Edera
UMBRELLA STUDIO, BUDAPEST METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
Hungary

Cristal for a Graduation Film

Depart at 22
Wiep Teeuwisse
HKU UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS UTRECHT
Netherlands

ANIMATION “OFF-LIMITS”

Jury Distinction

The Reflection of Power
Mihai Grecu
BATHYSPHERE PRODUCTIONS
France, Romania

“Off-Limits” Award

4min15 in the Developer (4min15 au révélateur)
Moïa Jobin-Paré
Canada

FEATURE FILMS

Audience Award

My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)
Claude Barras
BLUE SPIRIT PRODUCTIONS, RITA PRODUCTIONS, GEBEKA FILMS
France, Switzerland

Jury Distinction

La Jeune Fille sans mains
Sébastien Laudenbach
LES FILMS SAUVAGES, PELLEAS FILMS
France

Cristal for a Feature Film

My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)
Claude Barras
BLUE SPIRIT PRODUCTIONS, RITA PRODUCTIONS, GEBEKA FILMS
France, Switzerland

SHORT FILMS

Audience Award

Peripheria
David Coquard-Dassault
AUTOUR DE MINUIT, SCHMUBY PRODUCTIONS
France

Jury Distinction

Moms on Fire
Joanna Rytel
ALTOFILM AB
Sweden

Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for a First Film

An Ordinary Blue Monday Morning (‘n Gewone blou Maandagoggend)
Naomi Van Niekerk
NITA CRONJE
South Africa

Jury Award

Blind Vaysha (Vaysha, l’aveugle)
Theodore Ushev
NFB – NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
Canada

Cristal for a Short Film

The Head Vanishes (Une tête disparaît)
Franck Dion
PAPY3D PRODUCTIONS, ONF – OFFICE NATIONAL DU FILM DU CANADA
Canada, France

The 40th Annecy International Animation Film Festival hosted more than 9,000 badge holders, a 10.3 percent increase over last year. Next year’s edition, which will spotlight China as the guest country, will be held in Annecy, France June 12-17, 2017.

Source: Annecy International Animation 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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