'The Breadwinner' Director Nora Twomey to Receive Women in Animation Diversity Award

Walt Disney Animation Studios and filmmaker John Kahrs also will receive the WIA diversity honor.
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Nora Twomey

Nora Twomey, helmer of the upcoming animated feature The Breadwinner; Oscar-winning director John Kahrs (Paperman) and Walt Disney Animation Studios will receive the inaugural Women in Animation Diversity Awards at Spark Animation 2017, the festival that opens Thursday in Vancouver. 

Twomey's The Breadwinner, which is set to be released by GKIDS on Nov. 17, is based on the book of the same name by Deborah Ellis and follows a young girl living under the Taliban regime. Kahrs is being recognized for the community created in his latest short, June: Life Is Better When You Share the Ride for Lyft. And Disney is being honored for its body of work, with animated features including Zootopia, which tackled the themes of bias and stereotype.

As previously announced, Disney Legend Glen Keane will receive a lifetime achievement award on the opening night of Spark. Keane's work as a character animator has produced some of Disney's most iconic characters, including Beast from Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin from Aladdin. His latest animated short, Dear Basketball, will be screened at Spark.

In the Spark competition for shortform work, the best in show award recipient is Garden Party, a French short from Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Theophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon and Lucas Navarro.

A complete list of the competition results follows.

BEST​ ​IN​ ​SHOW
Garden​ ​Party

JURY​ ​PRIZE
(Fool​ ​Time)​ ​JOB

DIRECTOR’S​ ​PRIZE
Weekends

BIODIVERSITY​ ​AWARD
Bene’s​ ​Horizon

WINNER,​ ​BEST​ ​2D​ ​ANIMATION
Grandpa​ ​Walrus

WINNER,​ ​BEST​ ​3D​ ​ANIMATION
Revolting​ ​Rhymes

WINNER,​ ​BEST​ ​STOP​ ​MOTION
Negative​ ​Space

WINNER,​ ​BEST​ ​STUDENT​ ​ANIMATION
Garden​ ​Party

RUNNER​ ​UP,​ ​BEST​ ​STUDENT​ ​ANIMATION
Burn​ ​Out

WINNER,​ ​BEST​ ​MUSIC​ ​VIDEO​ ​ANIMATION
Elton​ ​John​ ​"Rocket​ ​Man"

RUNNER​ ​UP,​ ​BEST​ ​MUSIC​ ​VIDEO​ ​ANIMATION
Bedtimes​ ​"Woodswimmer"

WINNER,​ ​BEST​ ​CINEMATIC
The​ ​Evil​ ​Within​ ​2​ ​–​ ​Official E3​ ​Announce​ ​Trailer

RUNNER​ ​UP,​ ​BEST​ ​CINEMATIC
Final​ ​Fantasy​ ​XV:​ ​Omen Trailer

WINNER,​ ​BEST​ ​VFX
Obolus

RUNNER​ ​UP,​ ​BEST​ ​VFX
Milky​ ​Shot

WINNER,​ ​BEST​ ​COMMERCIAL,​ ​PSA​ ​&​ ​SELF-PROMOTION
Lyft​ ​"June"

USA RUNNER​ ​UP,​ ​BEST​ ​COMMERCIAL,​ ​PSA​ ​&​ ​SELF-PROMOTION
Blender​ ​Animation​ ​Studio "Agent​ ​327:​ ​Operation Barbershop"

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