Director Jan Bultheel and animation studio Grid Animation have both been nominated for the Cartoon Movie Tributes, the annual animation prizes honouring the best of European animation. Bultheel has been nominated with his feature debut Cafard as Director of the Year, while Grid Animation and its co-producers on the feature Ooops! Noah is Gone… are competing for Producer of the Year. Opening Cartoon Movie this year is Robinson Crusoe, a 3D animation feature directed by Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen.

CafardJan Bultheel is one of the nominees for the award of European Director of the Year with his animation feature Cafard. For his feature debut, the director used techniques such as motion-capture and facial tracking to transfer the movements and expressions of the actors onto animated figures. Bultheel will also use these techniques in his upcoming project Canaan, which he will also present during Cartoon Movie. Producer of both films is Arielle Sleutel of Tondo Films.

Also nominated as European Producer of the Year is Grid Animation, the Flemish co-producer of Ooops! Noah is Gone… In this Germany/Luxembourg/Ireland/Belgium co-production, the end of the world is near and a flood is coming. Luckily for Dave and his son Finny, a couple of clumsy Nestrians, an Ark has been built to save all the animals. But, as it turns out, Nestrians aren't allowed.

This year, Cartoon Movie will open with Robinson Crusoe, an animated feature by Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen. Made in CGI and 3D, it tells the story of Robinson Crusoe as seen through the eyes of a parrot called Tuesday and his friends who live on the beautiful island where Crusoe is shipwrecked. Eric Dillens produced the film for nWave Digital, the animation studio behind Sammy’s Adventures and Fly Me to the Moon.

The winners of the Cartoon Movie Tributes will be chosen by over 750 animation professionals who will be present at Cartoon Movie, the European pitching and co-production platform for animation which takes place from 2-4 March.

During the event, a variety of Flemish (co-)productions will be presented. In addition to Bultheel’s Canaan, there is the animated documentary Another Day of Life, co-produced by Walking The Dog. The animation studio is also involved in three other projects as co-producer: Tistou of the Green Thumbs, Richard The Stork and Hieronymus.

In addition, Lunanime co-produces both Funan, the New People and Tulip, a new story by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli; Grid Animation is the Flemish co-producer on the stop-motion film Morten on the Ship of Fools; and S.O.I.L. is the Flemish co-producer of Nayola.

Cafard, Canaan, Robinson Crusoe, Another Day of Life and Nayola all received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Cafard, Ooops! Noah is Gone…, Another Day of Life and Richard the Stork were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

Published on Tuesday 23 February 2016

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