The jury, composed of directors and producers Stéphane Bernasconi (France), Tony Loeser (Germany) and Victor Maldonado (Spain), has selected the finalists among a shortlist of 30 films that were award-winners at major European animation festivals.
The nominees are:
Mobile, by Verena Fels (Germany, 2010, 6’25′; Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
Paths Of Hate, by Damian Nenow (Poland, 2010, 10′; Platige Image)
Pivot, by André Bergs (Netherlands, 2009, 5′; Il Luster Productions)
The External World, by David O’Reilly (Ireland/Germany, 2010, 17″; David OReilly Animation/DETAiLFILM)
The Gruffalo, by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang (United Kingdom, 2009, 27′; Magic Light Pictures in association with Studio Soi)
The Little Boy and the Beast, by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötter (Germany, 2009, 6’30″; Studio Soi)
The winner will be announced Thursday, September 15 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 award of 10,000 euros, 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 makers of short films and the industry. Previous winners include Nick Park, Sylvain Chomet, Mark Baker, Michael Dudok de Wit and Jacques-Rémy Girerd.
Created in 1990 to boost the co-production and distribution of European animation for television and new media platforms, Cartoon Forum has helped 450 animation series obtain financing to the tune of over 1.5 billion euros. For three days each year, European producers have the opportunity to pitch their animation project in front of all decision-makers, buyers and investors in order to speed up financing and find cross-border partners.
Cartoon Forum Polska is organized by CARTOON with the support of MEDIA — a Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, the Polish Film Institute and the City of Sopot in collaboration with Studio Miniatur Filmowych. Cartoon Forum Polska is one of the events under the patronage of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council.
CARTOON is an international non-profit association based in Brussels that organises Cartoon Forum, together with Cartoon Movie, a co-production forum for feature-length animation, Cartoon Master training seminars and Cartoon Connection, a new program intended to explore ways of reinforcing cooperation between EU and non-EU animation professionals.