'Funan' Takes Top Prize at Annecy Animation Festival

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Annecy International Animation Film Festival

'The Breadwinner' also won big.

Denis Do’s Funan on Saturday took the top prize in the main competiton section at the Annecy International Animation Festival. The hand-drawn film, voiced by Oscar nominee Berenice Bejo and Louis Garrel, follows a family under the regime of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

The jury prize went to The Breadwinner by Nora Twomey. The Irish-made epic about a young Afghan girl in Afghanistan was a big winner at the festival, as it took the audience award as well. The Breadwinner is from Cartoon Saloon, the same studio the produced the Oscar-nominated Secret of Kells, which was co-directed by Twomey.

The jury distinction went to The Wolf House from Chile’s Cristobal Leon and Joaquin Cocina.

The winners were selected from 10 competition titles by a jury including Ale Abreau, director of the Oscar-nominated The Boy and the World; French singer and composer Emily Loizeau; and Animation World Network publisher Dan Sarto.

The top prize for a TV production went to Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems from Japan’s Eric Oh.

Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears’ "Panda Art" episode took the jury prize in the TV series section, while Robot Chicken’s Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking by Thomas Sheppard took the jury prize for a TV special.

In the TV and commissioned film section, the top prize went to Leica’s Everything in Black and White from Mateus de Paula Santos, and the jury prize went to Happy by Alice Saey.

The festival also handed out a series of special prizes on Friday, with The Breadwinner taking the best original music prize for composers Mychael and Jeff Danna, and the Andre-Martin award for a French feature going to The BIg Bad Fox and Other Tales from Patrick Imbert and Oscar-nominated Ernest and Celestine co-director Benjamin Renner.

La Chute from Boris Labbe via Sacrebleu Productions won a pair of trophies, the FIPRESCI Award and the Andre-Martin special distinction for a French short.