Oh Willy… Wins Award for European Animated Short

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The win­ner of this year’s Car­toon d’Or for best Euro­pean ani­ma­tion short film is Oh Willy, by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels.

The award was handed out Thurs­day at the Car­toon Forum at the Théâtre National de Toulouse in France.

A stop-motion with pup­pets and sets made of wool, felt and other fab­rics, Oh Willy was co-produced by Beast Ani­ma­tion (Bel­gium), Polaris Film & Finance, Vive­ment Lundi! (France) and Il Lus­ter Pro­duc­tions (Netherlands).

In the short, Chubby Willy returns to the natur­ist com­mu­nity where he has spent his youth to visit his dying mother. When she dies shortly after he arrives, Willy is con­fronted with the choices that he made in his life…

The other nom­i­nees were Zing, Edmond Was a Don­key, Tram and Flamingo Pride.

The Car­toon d’Or 2012 jury was com­posed by direc­tors Alain Gag­nol (France), Esben Toft Jacob­sen (Den­mark) and Giuseppe Lagana (Italy). The award was pre­sented by French direc­tor Michel Ocelot (Kirikou).

Car­toon Forum par­tic­i­pants also voted for the pro­ducer, investor/distributor and broad­caster of the year to honor out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the Euro­pean ani­ma­tion sector.

Jam Media of Ire­land was named pro­ducer of the year, while another Irish com­pany, Mon­ster Enter­tain­ment, was named investor/distributor of the year. France’s Gulli was voted broad­caster of the year.

The Car­toon Forum is pre­sented by CARTOON, an inter­na­tional non-profit asso­ci­a­tion based in Brus­sels. CARTOON’s pur­pose is to sup­port the Euro­pean ani­ma­tion indus­try. For more than 20 years, it has received finan­cial sup­port from the MEDIA Pro­gramme of the Euro­pean Union to run its activities.

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