Five films nominated for Cartoon d’Or, the European award for best short animated film, can again traditionally be seen in Animafest’s special section as one of the segments of the larger programme category Was Ist Europa?.
They also include the winner of Cartoon d’Or award and the last year’s winner of Animafest’s Grand Prix Oh Willy... by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels. The touching puppet film about the chubby Willy who returns in his fifties to the nudist colony where he grew up is definitively worth re-watching on the big screen.
Edmond Was a Donkey by Franck Dion, presented in the last year’s Grand Competition also returns to Zagreb. It is a story about a ‘small’ employee in the archive of a big company, who reveals his true nature after being abused. In 2012 Edmond won the hearts of the Annecy festival jury as the best short film.
The remaining candidates for Cartoon d’Or are Flamingo Pride by Tomer Eshed, about a flamingo’s quest for love, Tram by Michaela Pavlátová about a horny tram conductor’s erotic fantasies, and Zing by Kyra Buschor and Cynthia Collins about Mr. Grimm, the Reaper of human lives and his friendship with a girl whose life he is supposed to take.
The Cartoon d’Or is the pan-European award for short animated films. Founded in 1991, to this day it remains the only completely European animation prize. It rewards each year the best of the best since only prize-winning films from the partner festivals can compete.
Animafest’s programme Cartoon d’Or is scheduled for Tuesday, 4 June, at 6pm (hall 3) and Saturday, 8 June, at 10pm (hall 3), Cineplexx Kaptol Centre.