Twelve animated features from around the world screened in competition at this first edition of the festival. The only other award presented at the event was a special jury prize to the French feature Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, directed by Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner.
The Breadwinner tells the story of a 12-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan, who, after her father’s wrongful arrest, must pretend to be a boy to be able to work and provide for her family. The Ireland-Canada-Luxembourg co-pro was initiated by Cartoon Saloon, the two-time Oscar-nominated Irish studio responsible for The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. The Breadwinner will be released theatrically in the United States on November 17.