The 38th Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced its winners last week. The Brazilian feature The Boy and the World (O menino e o mundo) took home both Cristal Award for Best Feature and the Audience Award.

The Boy and the World

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival takes place in the town of Annecy, in the Haute-Savoie department of south eastern France and includes categories for feature films, short films, student films, internet films and those produced for film and television. The films use a wide variety animation techniques, from animated drawings to stop-motion clay, cut-out paper to digital animation.Having started back in 1960, the festival initially occurred every two years before it became an annual June event in 1998.

Directed by Ale Abreu, the overall 2014 winner is a gorgeous display of bright, crayon-like drawings that centre on and tell a story of globalization. The Boy and the World is the second time a Brazilian title has taken the top prize at the festival, the other being last year’s Rio 2096.

Interestingly, despite the festival being considered the Cannes of animation and taking place in France, figures show that French animation has taken a dip in popularity with audiences recently. French TV animation production dropped 16.3% in 2012, while theatrical admissions for animated features fell 18.6% to 26.4 million tickets sold. These figures were unveiled on the 11th June in Annecy, during a conference presented by the National Film Board.

“More than half of admissions for French animated films are sold in international markets,” said the head of statistics, Benoit Danard.

This is contrary to the Asian Pacific Animation scene which has seen a significant boom by comparison. Attendance of Annecy festival’s International Animation Film Market (MIFA) by Asian animators is on the up. Thailand’s Duck Fight: Fish of the Feather is one of six titles selected for MIFA’s feature film pitches.

And while the Thai film market is comparatively smaller than, say, the UK and US industries, the Asian Pacific region in its entirety (China included) is a force to be reckoned with, its talented and local artists more and more in demand.

This year the Annecy International Film Festival took place from the 9th to the 14th June 2014. Will the French animation scene pick up in the next year? We’ll keep you posted.

The 2014 winners:

FEATURE FILMS

ANNECY CRYSTAL AWARD

“Boy and the World” (Ale Abreu, Brazil)

SPECIAL MENTION

“Giovanni’s Island” (Mizuho Nishikubo, Japan)

JURY AWARD

“Cheatin’” (Bill Plympton, U.S.)

AUDIENCE AWARD

“Boy and the World”, (Ale Abreu, Brazil)

TV PRODUCTION

ANNECY CRYSTAL

“En sortant de l’école’s tant de forêts, (Burcu Sankur, Geoffrey Godet, France)

 JURY AWARD, TV SERIES

Tumble Leaf “Kite”  (Drew Hodges, U.S.)

JURY AWARD, TV SPECIAL

“The Scent of Carrot”  (Remi Durin, Arnaud Demuynck, France, Belgium, Switzerland)

SHORT FILMS

ANNECY CRYSTAL

“Man on the Chair” (Dahee Jeong, France-South Korea)

JURY AWARD

“Patch” (Gerd Gockell, Germany-Switzerland)

FIRST FILM

“Hasta Santiago” (Mauro Carraro, Pierre Manchot, France-Switzerland)

SPECIAL MENTION

“Absent Minded” (Italy, dir. Roberto Catani)

“Bus Stories” (Tali, Canada)

AUDIENCE AWARD

“Anatole’s Little Saucepan” (Eric Montchaud, France)

OFF-LIMIT AWARD

“Foreign Bodies” (Nicholas Brault, Canada)

GRADUATION FILMS

CRYSTAL FOR GRADUATION FILM

“The Bigger Picture” (Daisy Jacobs, U.K.)

JURY AWARD

“An Adventurous Afternoon” (Ines Christine Geisser, Kirsten Carina Geisser, Germany)

JURY SPECIAL MENTION 

The Age of Curious” (Luca Toth, U.K.)

 THE FESTIVAL CONNECTIONS AWARD

Through the Hawthorn”  (Anna Brenner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt, U.K.)

FIPRESCI AWARD

“No Fish Where to Go” (Nicola Lemay, Janice Nadeau, Canada)

THE GAN FOUNDATION PRIZE

“Adama” (Simon Rouby, France)

CANAL PLUS CREATIVE AID AWARD FOR A SHORT FILM

“Wonder” (Mirai Mizue, France, Japan)

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