Tuesday, October 13, 2015

28th European Film Awards - Animated Feature Film Nominations

The European Film Academy proudly announces the three (3) nominations in the category European Animated Feature Film 2015.  Worth mentioning is that all three films are French productions or French co productions, which in my opinion, loudly speaks about the state of French animation.  Great!

Based on a list of films provided by CARTOON, the European Association of Animation Film, as well as on individual film submissions, a committee decided on these nominations.

The committee consisted of EFA Board Member Antonio Saura, producer (Spain), animation experts Marcel Jean (Annecy FF, Canada) and Anja Šošić (Human Ark, Poland), as well as Petteri Pasanen (Anima Vitae, Finland), Iain Harvey (The Illuminated Film Company, UK) and Jacques-Rémy Girerd (director, France), the latter three representing CARTOON.

The following films are nominated:

Adama, Simon Rouby, France
Shaun the Sheep The Movie, Richard Starazk and Mark Burton, UK and France
Song of the Sea, Tomm Moore, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France and Luxembourg

The nominated films will soon be submitted to the over 3,000 EFA Members to elect the winner. The European Animated Feature Film 2015 will then be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin on Saturday, 12 December.

Check the following info and trailers for each nominee.

Adama by Simon Rouby
Synopsis: 12 year-­old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa, sheltered by the Cliffs. Out, beyond, lies "the land of breaths", the kingdom of wicked spirits hungry for war. When Samba, his elder brother, suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him. Accompanied first by Abdou, a tragically lucid griot, then by Maximin, a street urchin who is his own negative twin, he crosses a Europe in the grip of war. We're in 1914. Borne by the energy of desperation and the poetry of childhood, Adama travels to the hell of the frontline in order to free his brother. Ultimately, Adama's love for his brother will open an unexpected way to his initiatory journey.

Shaun the Sheep The Movie by Richard Starazk and Mark Burton
Synopsis: Shaun the sheep is tired of doing the same work at the farm every day. He decides to take a day off. In order to do that, he needs to make sure the farmer doesn't know. When more happens than they can handle, the sheep find their way in the big city. Now they need to get back to the farm.

Song of the Sea by Tomm Moore
Synopsis: Saoirse is a child who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world.

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