‘Flandriens of Animation’ to include some 10 animation producers from Flanders; three Flemish projects and five co-productions from Flanders will also be pitched at Cartoon Movie.
Tondo’s ‘Canaan,’ the second animated feature from ‘Cafard’ director Jan Bultheel, to be pitched at Cartoon Movie 2017.
Flanders will be the guest of honor at this year’s edition of Cartoon Movie (March 8-10), Europe’s prime pitching and co-production platform for animated features. Some 10 animation producers from Flanders will present themselves during the event as the “Flandriens of Animation.” Three Flemish projects and five co-productions from Flanders will also be pitched at Cartoon Movie.
In total, 55 European projects have been invited to Cartoon Movie, which is being held in the city of Bordeaux this year. The event puts the spotlight on a specific region for the first time, with Flanders being granted the honors for this inaugural edition.
Over the years, Flemish animation producers have played an important role in international co-productions, contributing to Oscar-nominated films such as The Triplets of Belleville, The Secret of Kells and A Cat in Paris. Flanders also has a strong record at Cartoon Movie, with companies like Grid Animation, Walking The Dog, nWave Pictures and Vivi Film all collecting Cartoon Movie Tributes as Producers of the Year.
Projects pitching at Cartoon Movie in 2017 include three features initiated in Flanders: Canaan, produced by Tondo; Crazy Island (Grid Animation); and ZOOks (Sancta/Potemkino). The line-up also includes five co-productions with Flanders: Fox & Hare Save the Forest; Hump; and Charlotte (co-producer Walking The Dog); Ploey – You Never Fly Alone (Cyborn); and The Siren (Lunanime).
Flanders is home to more than 20 animation production companies, 10 of them with their own studios. These companies released 11 features and 12 series (including minority co- productions) between 2013 and 2016, and have 25 features and 30 series in the pipeline for 2017-18. Having garnered valuable know-how and experience by involving itself in international co-productions in the past, the Flanders region has matured and is gradually making the shift to initiating high-end majority Flemish animation projects.
In 2016, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) / Film Fund gave over 2.1 million EUR to 22 animated projects (including co-productions), while the VAF/ Media Fund channeled 1,260,000 EUR into 11 animated series.
Screen Flanders, which supports audiovisual productions that spend part of their budget within the region, provides an annual average of 912,000 EUR to animation projects. And an additional average of 14 million EUR in private investment flows into animation every year from Flanders thanks to the Tax Shelter Incentive.
Flandriens of Animation
In Bordeaux, several Flemish producers will present themselves and their upcoming projects at Cartoon Movie through presentation videos created especially for the occasion.
Among them is Cyborn, a 3D animation specialist currently (co-)producing such feature films as Ploey and Hubris; and Fabrique Fantastique, whose animators are working on kids TV series Sir Mouse and Eric and the Tick-Tocks.
Animation studio Lunanime specializes in 2D animation; has contributed to such films as A Cat in Paris and Phantom Boy; and has several other co-productions in the pipeline including Funan, Tulip, The Siren and I Lost My Body. Having scored an international hit with the short film 850 Meters, creative studio Thuristar co-produced its TV spin-off My Knight and Me and is currently developing new TV projects Roger Flambé: (Animated) Actor and Mush-Mush and the Mushables, as well as the feature film Mêh, Sheep in Wolf’s Armor.
Walking The Dog’s animation filmography stretches from The Congress and A Cat in Paris to Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. The independent studio is currently working on Another Day of Life and has several co-productions - including Hieronymus, Hump and Charlotte - under way.
After exploring the horrors of WWI in Cafard, Tondo Films has turned its attention to another upheaval in European history with Canaan, Jan Bultheel’s second feature. The film will be pitched at Cartoon Movie.
Also pitching at the event is Grid Animation, which co-produced Ooops! Noah is Gone and is now busy developing productions and co-productions such as Troll and the Oliver, Marnie’s World and Harvie and the Magic Museum. Grid will be pitching Crazy Island at Cartoon Movie. And with ZOOks, produced by Potemkino and SANCTA, a third project from Flanders has also been invited for the pitching sessions.
The Flemish animation producers attending Cartoon Movie will unite under the banner “The Flandriens of Animation,” a reference to the do-or-die racing cyclists who force their bikes over the cobbled roads and murderous hills of Flanders, oblivious to the cold and rain. The same kind of grit and determination could be said to have driven Flemish animation producers to scale new heights, using their skills to emerge from the peloton and grab the yellow jersey.
On the strength of its eight selected projects this year (including five co-productions), Flemish animation will appear as a constant thread throughout Cartoon Movie. There will be presentations of Flemish studios during “Croissant Shows,” and a Farewell Cocktail with famous Flemish beers and tasty Belgian fries.
The Spotlight on Flanders is organized by the economic fund Screen Flanders, an initiative under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz, in co-operation with Casa Kafka Pictures, Galaxy Studios, t-theater, Ketnet, Creative Europe Media Desk Flanders and the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in France.
Oscar gold: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ‘Zootopia’ wins Best Animated Feature, Pixar’s ‘Piper’ wins Best Animated Short, and Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Jungle Book’ wins Best Visual Effects at the 89th Academy Awards.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia, directed by Byron Howard & Rich Moore, was awarded the Oscar statuette for best animated feature on Sunday night at the televised live ceremony for the 89th Academy Awards, beating out LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings, director Claude Barras’ My Life as a Zucchini, director Michael Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle, and fellow Disney feature Moana, directed by Ron Clements & John Musker.
“Wow, thank you guys so much. Thank you, Academy, this is an incredible honor,” Howard commented upon accepting the award. “About five years ago, almost six now, oh my god, we got this crazy idea to talk about humanity with talking animals in the hopes that when the film came out, it would make the world just a slightly better place.”
“And we are so grateful to the audiences all over the world who embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other,” added Moore.
Zootopia producer Clark Spencer gave thanks to Bob Iger, Alan Horn, Alan Bergman, John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Andrew Millstein for “creating an amazing studio for us to work at. And every artist, technician and manager at Disney Animation who poured your heart and soul into this film, this award belongs to you.”
Director Alan Barillaro and producer Marc Sondheimer’s Piper, from Pixar Animation Studios, topped the animated short category, which also included Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj’s independently produced Borrowed Time, Robert Valley’s Pear, Cider and Cigarettes, produced by Passion Pictures, the NFB’s Blind Vaysha, directed by Theodore Ushev, and director Patrick Osborne’s Pearl, produced by Google Spotlight Stories.
“Honestly, we’re only here because of the kind support and mentorship of many,” Barillaro said from the stage. “I have to thank John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lindsey Collins, Jim Morris and Ed Catmull. My parents, my wife Nancy, my three little pipers at home who inspired this story: Theo, Cora, Marcello. I love you, and may you always have the courage to face your fears.”
“We share this award with everyone who worked on Piper,” Sondheimer added. “Thank you so much, especially in light of the great work of our fellow nominees. We are so deeply honored to take this award tonight, accept this award tonight. To my family and friends, I love you. To all of you who enjoyed Piper out there and wished us well throughout, thank you so much.”
On the visual effects side, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon took home Oscar gold for Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book, beating out the VFX teams from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doctor Strange, Kubo and the Two Strings and Deepwater Horizon.
“Oh my god, thank you,” Legato, speaking for the team, said from the stage. “This never gets old, by the way. All great experiences start at the very top and I have to say that’s Alan Horn, who gave a fantastic job to Jon Favreau, a collaborative director, who is fantastic. Literally unprecedented support from all of the Disney brass, including Sean Bailey, Dave Taritero, Sam Dickerman, Pete Tobyansen and our producer, Brigham Taylor. And last but not least, these three gentleman geniuses behind me, who commandeered a thousand superb artists and contributed so greatly and made so many winning decisions that, you know, they actually got tired of winning. Like that’s a thing. I think I’m done. Thank you to all our artists. The next round of applause is for you, you deserve it as much as we do. Thank you so much.”
The full list of nominees and winners is shown below, with the winners marked in bold:
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea -- WINNER
Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling in La La Land
Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington in Fences
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Mahershala Ali in Moonlight -- WINNER
Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel in Lion
Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Isabelle Huppert in Elle
Ruth Negga in Loving
Natalie Portman in Jackie
Emma Stone in La La Land -- WINNER
Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Viola Davis in Fences -- WINNER
Naomie Harris in Moonlight
Nicole Kidman in Lion
Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea
Best animated feature film of the year
Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
Moana – John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
My Life as a Zucchini – Claude Barras and Max Karli
The Red Turtle – Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer -- WINNER
Achievement in cinematography
Arrival – Bradford Young
La La Land – Linus Sandgren -- WINNER
Lion Greig – Fraser
Moonlight – James Laxton
Silence – Rodrigo Prieto
Achievement in costume design
Allied – Joanna Johnston
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood -- WINNER
Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle
Jackie Madeline – Fontaine
La La Land – Mary Zophres
Achievement in directing
Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson
La La Land – Damien Chazelle -- WINNER
Manchester – by the Sea Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
Best documentary feature
Fire at Sea – Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow -- WINNER
13th – Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish
Best documentary short subject
Extremis – Dan Krauss
4.1 Miles – Daphne Matziaraki
Joe’s Violin Kahane – Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
Watani: My Homeland – Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara -- WINNER
Achievement in film editing
Arrival – Joe Walker
Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert -- WINNER
Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
La La Land – Tom Cross
Moonlight – Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon
Best foreign language film of the year
Land of Mine – Denmark
A Man Called Ove – Sweden
The Salesman – Iran -- WINNER
Tanna – Australia
Toni Erdmann – Germany
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
A Man Called Ove – Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
Star Trek Beyond – Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson -- WINNER
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
Jackie Mica – Levi
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz -- WINNER
Lion – Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
Passengers – Thomas Newman
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
Audition (The Fools Who Dream) from La La Land, Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Can’t Stop The Feeling from Trolls, Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
City Of Stars from La La Land, Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul -- WINNER
The Empty Chair from Jim: The James Foley Story, Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
How Far I’ll Go from Moana, Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Best motion picture of the year
Arrival – Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers
Fences – Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers
Hacksaw Ridge – Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers
Hell or High Water – Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers
Hidden Figures – Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
La La Land – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers
Lion – Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers
Manchester by the Sea – Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers
Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers -- WINNER
Achievement in production design
Arrival – Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Hail, Caesar! – Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
La La Land – Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco -- WINNER
Passengers – Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
Best animated short film
Blind Vaysha – Theodore Ushev
Borrowed Time – Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Robert Valley and Cara Speller
Pearl – Patrick Osborne
Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer -- WINNER
Best live action short film
Ennemis Intérieurs – Sélim Azzazi
La Femme et le TGV – Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
Silent Nights – Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
Sing – Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy -- WINNER
Timecode – Juanjo Giménez
Achievement in sound editing
Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare -- WINNER
Deepwater Horizon – Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
Hacksaw Ridge – Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
La La Land – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
Sully – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Achievement in sound mixing
Arrival – Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace -- WINNER
La La Land – Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth
Achievement in visual effects
Deepwater Horizon – Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon -- WINNER
Kubo and the Two Strings – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould
Arrival – Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
Fences – Screenplay by August Wilson
Hidden Figures – Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Lion – Screenplay by Luke Davies
Moonlight – Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney -- WINNER
Hell or High Water – Written by Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Written by Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
Manchester by the Sea – Written by Kenneth Lonergan -- WINNER
20th Century Women – Written by Mike Mills
Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts ,Sciences and awn