First-ever Golden Ticket grants the studio head with a lifetime pass to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, now underway in France.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the medium and field of animation, organizers of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival presented -- and surprised -- DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg with the Festival’s first-ever Golden Ticket, granting the studio head with a lifetime pass to the Festival.
The award was presented to Katzenberg at the end of the Keynote Masterclass with acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro, who provided the 1,000 attendees at the Grande Salle Bonlieu a preview of his upcoming television program from DreamWorks Animation, Trollhunters.
In making the presentation to Katzenberg, Annecy Film Festival artistic director Marcel Jean, praised the mogul: “Not only has Jeffrey been a long-time collaborator and supporter of all of us here in Annecy, his track-record in animation is nothing short of legendary. From reviving the industry with such critically acclaimed films like Beauty and The Beast and The Lion King, to launching DreamWorks Animation and giving us such memorable characters in films like Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, there is no one more deserving of a lifetime pass to our Festival.”
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which opened Monday evening with a gala screening of The Red Turtle, runs through June 18.
Source: Annecy International Animation Film Festival