France conquers both awards in the short and feature-length category at the 51st International Annecy Film Festival.
The beautifully executed idea of a world gradually transformed in Pixels by Jean Patrick won the hearts and the Crystal D' Annecy for best short film.
Italy joined the awards with the Big Bang Big Boom by Blu, whereas the Brothers Quay and their new film Maska settled for the Sacem Award for original music (written by Krzysztof Penderecki).
The feature-length film was another triumph for France and the director of Gainsbourg. Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux co-directed a story of a talking cat whose owner is a rabbi in 1920's Algeria. Rabbi's cat (in 3D) was based on Sfar's comics and won the first prize at Annecy.
PLATO (Léonard Cohen, France) depicts the story of a man who needs to define his own space, without being enclosed in boxes. It won the award for best graduation film, and its technique involves no more than simple but powerful sketches and drawings.
See the full winners list :
The Annecy Cristal: PIXELS by Patrick Jean (France) ONE MORE PRODUCTION
Special Jury Award: BIG BANG BIG BOOM by BLU (Italy)
"Jean-Luc Xiberras" Award for a first film: THE LOST TOWN OF ŚWITEŹ, by Kamil Polak (Poland, France, Canada, Switzerland and Denmark) HUMAN ARK, SE-MA-FOR FILM PRODUCTION, TELEWIZJA POLSKA SA, PWSFTVIT – THE
POLISH NATIONAL FILM, TELEVISION AND THEATRE SCHOOL, DENIS FREDMAN PRODUC-
TIONS, NFB, ARCHANGEL FILM GROUP, PARTYFLEX SYSTEM, ZELIONY POMIDOR
Special Distinction: PATHS OF HATE by Damian Nenow (Poland) PLATIGE IMAGE SP. 20.0
Sacem Award for original music: MASKA by the Quay Brothers, with music by Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland)
SE-MA-FOR FILM PRODUCTION, POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE
Junior Jury Award for a short film: A MORNING STROLL by Grant Orchard (Great Britain) STUDIO AKA
Audience Award: LUMINARIS by Juan Pablo Zaramella (Argentina) JPZTUDIO
The members of the jury were: Aleksandra Korejwo (Director), Regina Pessoa (Director) and PES (Director).
The Cristal for best feature: THE RABBI’S CAT by Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux (France)
AUTOCHENILLE PRODUCTION, FRANCE 3 CINÉMA, TF1 INTERNATIONAL
Special Distinction & Audience Award:COLORFUL by Keiichi Hara (Japan)
FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK INC.
The members of the jury were: Marc du Pontavice (Producer), Mathias Malzieu (Director), Yoshihiro Shimizu (Producer)
TV and commissioned films
The Cristal for best TV production: THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL "THE QUEST" by Mic Graves and Ben Bocquelet
(Great Britain and France) DANDELION STUDIOS
Special Award for a TV series: LITTLE NICK "AT PLAYTIME WE FIGHT" by Arnaud Bouron (France, Luxembourg and India)
M6 STUDIO, METHOD ANIMATION
Award for best TV special: PRINCESS’S PAINTING by Joannes Weiland and Klaus Morschheuser (Germany)
STUDIO SOI GMBH & CO. KG FILMPRODUKTION
Educational, scientific or industrial film Award: HOW TO FEED THE WORLD? by Denis Van Waerebeke (France)
MONTAG, CITÉ DES SCIENCES ET DE L’INDUSTRIE
Advertising or promotional film Award: CANAL J "ROYAUME DU GNAGNAGNA" by Olivier Jeannel (France)
Award for best music video: WAX TAILOR FEATURING CHARLIE WINSTON "I OWN YOU" by Romain Chassaing (France)
The members of the jury were: Laurence Blaevoet (Director of the Canal+ Youth Unit), Lucineh Kassarjian (Artistic Director) and Tapaas Chakravarti (Producer).
Award for best graduation film: PLATO by Léonard Cohen (France) ENSAD
Special Jury Award: TROIS PETITS POINTS by Lucrèce Andreae, Alice Dieudonné, Tracy Nowocien, Florian Parrot,
Ornélie Prioul and Rémy Schaepman (France) GOBELINS, L’ÉCOLE DE L’IMAGE
Special Distinction: THE EAGLEMAN STAG by Mikey Please (Great Britain) ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART
Junior Jury Award for a graduation film:PLATO by Léonard Cohen (France)
The members of the jury were: Matthew O’Callaghan (Director), David Sproxton (Producer) and Will Vinton (Director).