The Danish Animation Society (ANIS), host of the Danish Animation Awards every year in conjunction with Odense International Film Festival (OFF), announced that its main award will be called “The Borge Ring Award.” With the award comes a cash prize of EUR 2,000 plus a bronze statuette designed by the Italian resident British sculptor Joanna Mallin-Davies. The statuette will be inspired from characters from Borge Ring’s Oscar winning short animation Anna & Belle, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1985.
“Borge is well-respected in the entire global animation community for his outstanding animations,” says Soren Fleng, Chairman of The Danish Animation Society. “We think this is the right time for the Danish animation scene to show Borge our respect. He has inspired so many filmmakers, and now it’s our time to give him something back.”
Borge Ring, who was recently awarded the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award by ASIFA at the 2012 Annie Awards in February, was, according to his daughter Anne, “dancing on the table of joy” after receiving the news.