The European animation industry will pay tribute to the sector’s personalities of the year during the Cartoon Movie Tributes ceremony on 9 March in Lyon, France. Participants of the co-production market Cartoon Movie will vote for the director, producer and distributor who they believe have made an outstanding contribution to the animated feature industry over the past year. The shortlist include nine nominees from Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the UK.
Competing in the category of European Director of the Year are Eric “Bibo” Bergeron for A Monster in Paris, a French film produced by EuropaCorp that has sold more than 1.6 million tickets in its home country and has also been a hit in the UK, Russia and Belgium; ThorbjÃ¸rn Christoffersen, Philip Einstein Lipski & Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen for Ronal the Barbarian, a stereoscopic 3D Danish parody film already released in 20 countries; and French directors Rémi BezanÃ§on & Jean-Christophe Lie for Zarafa, a 2D film selected for competition at the Berlinale 2012 and inspired by the true story of the first giraffe arrived in France.
Three companies will compete for the European Distributor of the Year award: Cinéart, the independent distributor from Belgium and the Netherlands that has released films like Waltz with Bashir, Persepolis, The Rabbi’s Cat, Eleanor’s Secret and A Town Called Panic ; Pathé Distribution, the film distribution and international sales arm of French giant Pathé with collaborations in France and the UK, which has bought titles such as The Illusionist, Zarafa and Pourquoi j’ai (pas) mangé mon pÃ¨re; and Romania’s Transilvania Film, an active company focusing on arthouse cinema which has distributed Persepolis, The Illusionist and Ronal the Barbarian.