Six short films from Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland and United Kingdom will compete for the Cartoon d’Or 2011, the award for the best European animation short film.
The jury composed of directors and producers Stéphane Bernasconi (France), Tony Loeser (Germany) and Victor Maldonado (Spain) have selected the finalists among a shortlist of 30 films award-winners at the major European animation festivals.
The nominees are:
- Mobile by Verena Fels (Germany, 2010, 6’25”. Prod: Filmakademie Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg)
- Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow (Poland, 2010, 10′. Prod: Platige Image)
- Pivot by André Bergs (Netherlands, 2009, 5′. Prod: Il Luster Productions)
- The External World by David O’Reilly (Ireland / Germany, 2010, 17′. Prod: David OReilly Animation / DETAiLFILM)
- The Gruffalo by Jakob Schuh & Max Lang (UK, 2009, 27′. Prod: Magic Light Pictures in association with Studio Soi)
- The Little Boy and the Beast by Johannes Weiland & Uwe HeidschÃ¶tter (Germany, 2009, 6’30”. Prod: Studio Soi)
The winner will be announced on Thursday 15 September 2011 in Sopot (Poland) during Cartoon Forum Polska, the platform aimed to boost the co-production and distribution of European animation for television. The directors of each nominated short will present his film to an auditorium of key players in European animation, providing them an opportunity to strengthen their ties with the industry. The winner will receive a trophy together with a financial aid of 10,000 EUR, thanks to the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
The Cartoon d’Or was created in 1991 by CARTOON in order to promote the talents of European animation and to act as a pipeline between short film makers and the industry. Previous winners include Nick Park, Sylvain Chomet, Mark Baker, Michael Dudok de Wit and Jacques-Rémy Girerd.