Cartoon d'or

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The Cartoon d'Or is the pan-European award for animation short films. It rewards every year the best one since only prize-winning films from Cartoon's partner festivals can compete. Amongst this short list, a jury selects 5 films that will be screened during the Cartoon Forum (in order to promote 5 filmmakers each year) and one film will receive the Cartoon d'Or

Created in 1991, the Cartoon d'Or is still remaining the only completely European animation prize. This competition aims to "promote the talents of European animation."[1]

Why create such an award?[edit]

The Cartoon d'Or was created in order to nourish the European animation industry by work from creative filmmakers. European television series lacked of creativity to compete with programming on offer from the United States and Japan.

Moreover, 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.).[2]

The award ceremony[edit]

The award ceremony takes place during the Cartoon Forum which gathers all the players in the economic structure of European animation (700 professionals including 250 potential investors, 350 producers, 60 journalists and 40 public funding bodies). Consequently, the Cartoon Forum can act as a pipeline between short film makers and the industry. Indeed, 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.[3]

Prominent winners[edit]

In 1991, the first Cartoon d'Or went to British director Nick Park, still unknown at the time, for his film Creature Comforts. Since then, he has created Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run. Sylvain Chomet received the Cartoon d'Or in 1997 for his short The Old Lady and the Pigeons. A few years later, he enjoyed success through The Triplets of Belleville, nominated for two Academy Awards. 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. Mark Baker, who created TV series such as The Big Knights and Peppa Pig, Michaël Dudok de Wit for his much acclaimed Father & Daughter and Joanna Quinn for Dreams and desires – Family Ties.[4]

List of winners since 1991[5][edit]

Year Title Winner Nationality Length
1991 Creature Comforts Nick Park UK 5'
1992 Manipulation Daniel Greaves UK 6'20
1993 The Village Mark Baker UK 14'
1994 The Wrong Trousers Nick Park UK 29'
Os salteadores (special mention) Abi Feijo PT 15'
1995 The Monk and the Fish Michaël Dudok de Wit FR 6'20
1996 Quest Tyron Montgomery DE 12'
1997 The Old Lady and the Pigeons Sylvain Chomet FR 23'
1998 L'enfant au grelot Jacques-Rémy Girerd FR 26'
1999 Migrations Constantin Chamski FR 4'
2000 A suspeita (The Suspect) José Miguel Ribeiro PT 25'
2001 Father and Daughter Michael Dudok de Wit NL / BE / UK 8'10
2002 Home Road Movies Robert Bradbrook UK 12'18
2003 Sans queue, ni tête Sandra Desmazières FR 6'35
2004 Fast Film Virgil Widrich AUT / DE / LUX 14'
2005 Jojo in the Stars Marc Craste UK 12'
2006 Dreams and Desires - Family ties Joanna Quinn UK 9'50
2007 The Pearce Sisters Luis Cook UK 9'27
2008 A mouse's tale Benjamin Renner FR 4'10
2009 Please say something David O'Reilly DE / IR 10'
2010 Crocodile Kaspar Jancis EE 17'
2011 Der Kleine und das Biest Uwe Heidschötter, Johannes Weiland DE 6'
2012 Oh Willy... Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels BE / FR / NL 16:50[6]
2013 Head Over Heels Tim Reckart & Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly UK 10'18
2014 The Christmas Log (La bûche de Noël) Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar BE 26'
2015 The Bigger Picture Daisy Jacobs UK 7'30


  1. ^ [1] Official Cartoon website, Cartoon d'Or, Introduction
  2. ^ [2] Official Cartoon website, Cartoon d'Or, History paragraph 1
  3. ^ [3] Official Cartoon website, Cartoon d'Or, History paragraph 2
  4. ^ [4] Official Cartoon website, Cartoon d'Or, History paragraph 3
  5. ^ [5] Official Cartoon website, Cartoon d'Or, List of Winners
  6. ^ Clevland, Mr. (September 15, 2012). "Oh Willy… Wins Award for European Animated Short". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 

External links[edit]

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