Clare Kitson, the influential commissioner of animation films at the U.K.’s Channel 4 from 1989 to 1999, has been selected as the recipient of the Lotte Reiniger Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented at the 2018 European Animation Awards.
The award, which was won by Richard Williams last year at the first-ever European Animation Awards (EAA), is presented to an individual in acknowledgment of the importance of their participation in the artistic, industrial, and technical aspects of European Animation. The recipient of the award is determined by the Board of the EAA.
Kitson is highly regarded for helping place independent British animation on the map. During her tenure at the British public broadcaster Channel 4, she commissioned hundreds of shorts from filmmakers that included the Brothers Quay, Joanna Quinn, Ruth Lingford, Mark Baker, Run Wrake, Candy Guard, and Barry Purves, as well as foreign filmmakers like Paul Driessen, Priit Pärn, Raoul Servais, and Jan Svankmajer. Two of the films she commissioned – Nick Park’s Creature Comforts and Alison Snowden and David Fine’s Bob’s Birthday — won Academy Awards.