Tram by the Czech auteur Michaela Pavlatova and the Roman-Polish film Crulic won the major awards at the 2012 Annecy Film Festival.
The funny, lonesomeand irresistibly erotic female bus driver of Tram (Michaela Pavlatova, France, Sacrebleu productions) won the Annecy Cristal at the 2012 competition.
The Oscar-nominated Czech animator (Carnival of animals) produced this 8-minute short in France, with gusto and lot of Freudian charm. Tram also won the FIPRESCI award from a selected panels of critics.
Special jury award was given to the self-discovery story Edmond Was a Donkey,Franck Dion, France, Canada,
Best feature award went to the documentary animated film Crulic: the Path to Beyond (Anca Damian) (read the review). Crulic tells the story of the 33 year-old Romanian Claudiu Crulic, accused of theft in Poland, who goes on a hunger strike afterwards.
Special distinction was reserved for the Alzheimer drama, Wrinkles (Arrugas la pelicula, Ignacio Ferreras, Spain).
Audience award for a feature film (as well as the UNICEF award) went to another doc: Approved for Adoption is the story of Korean writer Jung, who was adopted in Belgium after the Korean war ended (film teaser and poster)
In the graduation category, Will Anderson (UK) received the premier award for his The Making of Longbird, a self-referential 15-min film, which looks at a filmmaker as he struggles with his character.
Special jury award to the French film Crowd (Borris Labbe, France). See all the awards of the 2012 Annecy film festival.
Short Film Awards
The Annecy Cristal: Tram, Michaela Pavlátová, France, Sacrebleu Productions
Special Jury Award:Edmond Was a Donkey,Franck Dion, France, Canada,Papy 3D Productions, ONF, Arte France
"Jean-Luc Xiberras" Award for a first film The People Who Never Stop
Florian Piento, France, Japan
Special Distinction: Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto
Johan Oettinger, Denmark, Basmati Film
Sacem Award for original music: Modern No. 2, Mirai Mizue, Japan
Junior Jury Award for a short film: Story of Him, Pascual Pérez, Spain, the Sensible Man Animation
Feature Film Awards
The Cristal for best feature: Crulic – The Path to Beyond, Anca Damian, Romania, Aparte Film
Special DistinctionArrugas/Wrinkles, Ignacio Ferreras, Spain, Perro Verde Films
Audience Award Approved for Adoption Laurent Boileau, Jung Henin, France, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland
Mosaïque Films, Artemis Productions, Panda Media, Nadasdy Film
TV and Commissioned Film Awards
The Cristal for best TV production: Secret Mountain Fort Awesome "Nightmare Sauce",Pete Browngardt, USA
Cartoon Network Studios
Special Award for a TV series: Stella and Sam "Voyage sur la lune", Dave Merritt, Raymond Jafelice, Canada, Radical Sheep Productions Inc.
Award for best TV special: The Gruffalo's Child, Johannes Weiland, Uwe Heidschötter, Great Britain
Magic Light Pictures, Studio Soi GmbH & Co. KG Filmproduktion
Educational, scientific or industrial film Award: Resale Right, Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet, France, Doncvoilà Production
Advertising or promotional film Award: Red Cross "Stuff", Andrew Hall, USA, Elastic
Award for best music video; We Cut Corners "Pirate's Life", Przemyslaw Adamski, Kartazyna Kijek, Poland
Graduation Film Awards
Award for best graduation film: The Making of Longbird. Will Anderson, Great Britain, Edinburgh College of Art
Special Jury Award:Crowd, Boris Labbe, France, EMCA – École des métiers du cinéma d'animation
Special Distinction: Le Jardin enchanté, Viviane Karpp, France, La Poudrière
Junior Jury Award for a graduation film: Friendsheep, Jaime Maestro, Spain, Primer Frame – Escuela de Animación
Unicef Award: Approved for Adoption, Laurent Boileau, Jung Henin, France, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland, Mosaïque Films, Artemis Productions, Panda Media, Nadasdy Film
Fipresci Award:Tram, Michaela Pavlátová, France, Sacrebleu Productions
"CANAL+ creative aid" Award for a short film: Una furtiva lagrima, Carlo Vogele, Luxembourg