World War II drama The Most Precious of Cargoes (image at top), by Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius, is among the animated features to receive funding in the latest Eurimages round.
The Franco-Belgian film, which tells the story of a boy who narrowly escapes Auschwitz, received €470,000 (USD$560,000) — the most of any project in this round. Hazanavicius won an Academy Award for best director for his 2011 live-action feature The Artist.
Two other animated films have been awarded money. Tales of the Hedgehog (France-Luxembourg), a family-friendly social fable from A Cat in Paris directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, was awarded €430,000. Graphic novel adaptation Robot Tales (Spain-France), the first animated film from Spanish director Pablo Berger, received €410,000.