A still from "Funan", an award winning animation co-produced with Luxembourg
Photo: BAC Films
The Emile Awards for European animation films honoured two Luxembourg productions in 6 categories last weekend in Lille, France.
On 7 and 8 December, the European Animation Association held the fourth edition of its Emile Awards, launched in 2014 by French film producer Didier Brunner. Professionals, professors and students within the European film industry vote on 16 different categories for short films, student productions and feature-length films.
Luxembourg feature film "Funan" (2017), by Denis Do, was awarded an Emile for best writing and best sound design. It was coproduced by Bac Cinema together with the countries of France, Belgium and Cambodia. Luxembourg animation studio Fabrique d’images contributed to its creation. Funan is the story of Chou, a Cambodian woman, whose life is disrupted when the Khmer Rouge party begins its bloody reign in 1975 and plunges the country into a period of famine and destruction.
Nora Twomey’s "The Breadwinner" (2017), the trailer for which can be seen above, is a co-production by Luxembourg-based Mélusine Productions with Ireland and Canada. The jury awarded it with four Emiles for best direction, best storyboard, best character animation and best background and character design. The story about an Afghan girl disguising as a boy to provide for her family, has been nominated for notable festivals in the past (i.e. Academy Awards, Golden Globes) and has won 16 prizes in total.