Cartoon d'Or, promoting the talents of European animation
The Cartoon d’Or is the pan-European award for animation short films. It rewards each year the best of the best since only prize-winning films from our partner festivals can compete.
Amongst this short list, a jury selects 6 films that was screened during the Cartoon Forum (in order to promote 6 filmmakers each year) and the winner was “The Bigger Picture” by Daisy Jacobs. The Award Ceremony took place on Thursday 17 September 2015 in Toulouse.
The jury composed of producer Philippe Delarue (Futurikon, France), director Jan Bultheel (Tondo Films, Belgium) and producer Paul Young (Cartoon Saloon, Ireland)
31 Films that took part in the 2015 competition (award-winners at the partner festivals)
|A Single Life||Job, Joris & Marieke||Netherlands|
|Autumn Leaves||Carlos De Carvalho & Aude Danset||France|
|Bath House||Niki Lindroth von Bahr||Sweden|
|Brothers in Arms||Cav Bøgelund||Denmark|
|Deep Space||Bruno Tondeur||Belgium|
|Hi! I'm New||Mario Serrano||Spain|
|I am as I am||Marion Auvin||France|
|I can't wait||Claire Sichez||France|
|Last Door South||Sacha Feiner||Belgium/France|
|Let It Go - NobodyBeatsTheDrum||Max Italiaander & Levi Jacobs||Netherlands|
|Loop Ring Chop Drink||Nicolas Ménard||UK|
|Lune||Toma Leroux & Patrick Delage||France|
|Mythopolis||Alexandra Hetmerová||Czech Republic|
|Oh My Dog!||Chloé Alliez||Belgium|
|One of a Kind||Rok Predin||UK|
|Pilots on the Way Home||Priit Pärn & Olga Pärn||Estonia / Canada|
|Soot||David Doutel & Vasco Sá||Portugal|
|Storm hits jacket||Paul Cabon||France|
|Strings||Pedro Solís García||Spain|
|The Bigger Picture||Daisy Jacobs||United Kingdom|
|The Elephant and the Bicycle||Olesya Shchukina||Belgium / France|
|The House of dust||Jean-Claude Rozec||France|
|The Master||Riho Unt||Estonia|
|The Mitten||Clémentine Robach||France|
|The Obvious Child||Stephen Irwin||UK|
|The Sense of Touch||Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo||France / Switzerland|
|To Thy Heart||Ewa Borysewicz||Poland|
There were two reasons why CARTOON created the Cartoon d’Or in 1991, and to this day it remains the only completely European animation prize. Firstly, the European animation industry, where we were beginning to witness the first stirrings, needed to be nourished by work from creative filmmakers. European television series needed to be creative and attractive in order to compete with programming on offer from the USA and Japan. Most artists were working in the short film sector. Secondly, although major financial support was being given to develop European animation, no special place was made for it at major European festivals and awards (Cannes Film Festival, Berlin, Venice, the European Felix etc.).
It was therefore agreed to create a European prize for an animated short film, for which the award – apart from the trophy – would be a sum of money to be put towards the creation of a television series or short film. The Cartoon d’Or would act as a pipeline between short film makers and the industry. In order for these talents to reach their goal, the award ceremony takes place during the Cartoon Forum, the co-production event for animated TV series gathering all the players in the economic structure of European animation.
The Cartoon d’Or is a prestigious prize and is recognised as such within the industry. The finalists are often approached by producers to work on series or feature films. Some finalists and prize-winners have themselves gone on to make series or feature films.
Great names have appeared
In 1991, the first Cartoon d’Or went to British director Nick Park, still unknown at the time, for his film “Creatures Comforts”. Since then, he has become a world-famous personality on the animation scene with Oscar-winning shorts and feature films like “Wallace & Gromit” and “Chicken Run”.
Other great names have followed. Sylvain Chomet received the Cartoon d’Or in 1997 for his short “The Old Lady and the Pigeons”. A few years later, he enjoyed great success through his remarkable full-length animated film “Belleville Rendez-Vous”, nominated twice for the Oscars. He has now released his second feature, “The Illusionist”.
Jacques-Rémy Girerd walked away with the award in 1998 for “Charlie’s Christmas”. The French director founded an animation studio, Folimage, and released two feature films: “Raining Cats and Frogs” and “Mia & the Migoo”.
Other winners include Mark Baker, who created popular TV series such as “The Big Knights” and “Peppa Pig”, Michael Dudok De Wit for his much acclaimed “Father & Daughter”, Joanna Quinn for “Dreams and desires – Family Ties” and Oscar-nominated director Benjamin Renner.
See the complete list of winners.