11:26am PT by Carolyn Giardina
'The Breadwinner' Director Nora Twomey to Receive Women in Animation Diversity Award
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
(Fool Time) JOB
WINNER, BEST 2D ANIMATION
WINNER, BEST 3D ANIMATION
WINNER, BEST STOP MOTION
WINNER, BEST STUDENT ANIMATION
RUNNER UP, BEST STUDENT ANIMATION
WINNER, BEST MUSIC VIDEO ANIMATION
Elton John "Rocket Man"
RUNNER UP, BEST MUSIC VIDEO ANIMATION
WINNER, BEST CINEMATIC
The Evil Within 2 – Official E3 Announce Trailer
RUNNER UP, BEST CINEMATIC
Final Fantasy XV: Omen Trailer
WINNER, BEST VFX
RUNNER UP, BEST VFX
WINNER, BEST COMMERCIAL, PSA & SELF-PROMOTION
USA RUNNER UP, BEST COMMERCIAL, PSA & SELF-PROMOTION
Blender Animation Studio "Agent 327: Operation Barbershop"