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Switzerland’s Fantoche International Festival of Animated Film, among Europe’s most prestigious such events, has unveiled the winners from its 20th anniversary edition which took place September 6–11.

For six days, Fantoche screened short and feature films from Switzerland and abroad in the city of Baden, on filmingo.ch, and on Play Suisse platforms. This year’s theme was Overcoming Crisis, with a geographical focus on animation from the Balkans.

The big winner at this year’s event was Atsushi Wada’s Bird in the Peninsula, which continued its impressive festival run by taking the prize for best film. The film previously won an international jury special mention at its Berlin debut, and has since played in competition at several top animation events including Annecy in June and last month’s Hiroshima, winning a jury pick and audience award at the latter.

Other standout winners at Fantoche included Goodbye Jérôme! from Adam Sillard, Gabrielle Selnet, and Chloé Farr, which scored best visuals and an audience award; The Queen of the Foxes by Marina Rosset, which was picked as the best Swiss film and received a Swiss audience award and a special mention; and LOOP from Pablo Polledri, selected as the festival’s best kids film and winner of the young audience award.

New festival director Ivana Kvesić was thrilled with her first edition in charge, and relayed the following after Fantoche had wrapped:

The positive feedback from our visitors makes me feel like their expectations were met. I am also particularly pleased that the new formats have already found their place in this wonderful festival: the Let’s Talk-series, the Talent Industry, the exhibition REFRESHxFantoche in cooperation with the ZhdK in the Stanzerei or even Friday’s karaoke night for the filmmakers and the team.

For more details on the full Fantoche program check out the festival’s website. A complete list of this year’s award-winning films can be found below.

International Competition

Best Film

Bird in the Peninsula – Atsushi Wada, Japan

High Risk

Epicenter – Heeyoon Hahm, Korea

New Talent

SierraSander Joon, Estonia

Best Visual

Goodbye Jérôme! – Adam Sillard, Gabrielle Selnet, Chloé Farr, France

Audience Award

Goodbye Jérôme! – Adam Sillard, Gabrielle Selnet, Chloé Farr, France

Special Mention

Menagerie – Jack Gray, U.S.

Swiss Competition

Best Swiss

The Queen of the Foxes – Marina Rosset

High Risk Swiss

Sometimes I Don’t Know Where the Sun – Samantha Aquilino

New Swiss Talent

The Record – Jonathan Laskar

Fantastic Swiss

Boddyssey – Jonas Bienz

Swiss Youth Award

Miracasas – Raphaëlle Stolz

Audience Award

The Queen of the Foxes – Marina Rosset

Special Mention

The Queen of the Foxes – Marina Rosset

Kids Film Competition

Best Kids

LOOP – Pablo Polledri, Spain

Young Audience Award

LOOP – Pablo Polledri, Spain

Special Mention

Elevator Alone – Anastasia Papadopoulou, Greece

Swiss Animation Industry Award

Sous emprise – Camille Bovey

Fantoche will be back in Baden next year for its 21st edition, held September 5-10.