I Lost My Body, Mémorable, Daughter Win at Annecy 2019

I Lost My Body, Mémorable, Daughter Win at Annecy 2019

With 12,300 badgeholders in its 2019 edition, the juries awarded 20 prizes at Annecy Festival (Saturday 15th June). A rare instance of accord between critics and public took place during the 2019 Annecy Festival:  both the prizes for short and feature films were also the audience choices. It was also a French victory in both short and feature Cristal prizes, but Central and Eastern European films had their own share of awards in other categories.

 It is wonderful to observe the alliances between the official juries, audience votes and the junior juries. Aesthetically powerful and unique propositions, such as I Lost My Body, Mémorable and Daughter have something to please everyone, from professionals, adolescents and the public alike -Marcel Jean, Artistic Director

The Cristal for a Short Film (jury: Camélia Jordana, Izabela Plucińska, Koji Yamamura), as well the audience award for a short film, went to stop-motion Mémorable by Bruno Collet (France / VIVEMENT LUNDI!) .Louis, a painter, and his wife Michelle are experiencing strange events. The world around them seems to be mutating. Slowly, the furniture, objects and people are losing their realism.   

Regina Pessoa continued her series of Annecy strikes (after her Cristal in 2006 with Tragic History With A Happy Ending). She is now awarded the Jury Prize for Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days (Canada, France, Portugal / ONF, LES ARMATEURS, CICLOPE FILMES),  a film about the special relationship between her and her uncle.

The always reliable Polish FUMI studio scored a hit with Deszcz (Rain) by Piotr Milczarek, the story of an individual with collective hypnosis. The film won the award for first film

Rain by Piotr Milczarek

In feature films (jury: Julie Gayet, Yoshiaki Nishimura, Nora Twomey)  a single vision in execution prevailed in both competitions. Jérémy Clapin (of Skhizein) took home the Cristal for a Feature Film for his 3D story of lost identity (and lost hand identity), I Lost My Body. Latvian director Gints Zilbalodis (now increasingly called one-man-band case) won the respective Contrechamp feature competition with his individual adventure of a boy stuck in an island,  Away (jury: Anja Kofmel, Sébastien Onomo, Gerben Schermer).

The much-discussed Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas by Salvador Simo had a Jury Distinction (Feature Competition) in what seems to be a strong year for feature films at Annecy.

In graduation competition, the Czech puppet animation drama Daughter by Daria Kascheeva won the Cristal for a graduation film (jury: Antonio Canobbio, Dean DeBlois, Virginia Mori). The film had already won a special prize (Junior Jury Award for a Graduation film) in the Special Prizes Award ceremony.

In TV and Commissioned Films (Jury: Jinko Gotoh, Vrej Kassouny, Judith Nora),  the new installment of the Panic in the Village series ( "The County Fair") by Vincent Patar and  Stéphane Aubier (Belgium / AUTOUR DE MINUIT, PANIQUE SPRL, BEAST ANIMATION) won the Cristal for Best TV series, while in the commissioned films category Ted-Ed "Accents" by  Robertino Zambrano (Australia, USA / KAPWA STUDIOWORKS, TED-ED) was the winner.

The Cristal for VR work went to Gloomy Eyes by Jorge Teres and  Fernando Maldonado (Argentina, France), whereas Thomas Renoldner in a self-experimenting mood won the Off-Limits Award for Don't Know What.

The full Annecy awards list:


Cristal for a Feature Film:
J'ai perdu mon corps  (I Lost My Body), Jérémy CLAPIN, France /XILAM ANIMATION

Jury Distinction:
Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas, Salvador SIMO, Spain, Netherlands / SYGNATIA FILMS, SUBMARINE

Audience Award/Première
J'ai perdu mon corps > I Lost My Body, Jérémy CLAPIN, France / XILAM ANIMATION


Contrechamp Award:


Cristal for a Short Film:
Mémorable, Bruno COLLET, France / VIVEMENT LUNDI !

Jury Award:
Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days, Regina PESSOA, Canada, France, Portugal / ONF, LES ARMATEURS, CICLOPE FILMES

"Jean-Luc Xiberras" Award for a First Film:
Deszcz, Piotr MILCZAREK, Poland / FUMI

Jury Distinction ex æquo
Jury Distinction for its powerful storytelling
Pulsión (Drive), Pedro CASAVECCHIA, Argentina, France / ATLAS V

Jury Distinction ex æquo
Jury Distinction for its social significance

My Generation, Ludovic HOUPLAIN, France / H5

Audience Award:
Mémorable, Bruno COLLET , France / VIVEMENT LUNDI !

"Off-Limits" Award
Dont Know What, Thomas RENOLDNER, Austria


Cristal for a TV Production:
Panique au village "La Foire agricole" (Panic in the Village "The County Fair"), Vincent PATAR, Stéphane AUBIER, Belgium / AUTOUR DE MINUIT, PANIQUE SPRL, BEAST ANIMATION

Jury Award for a TV Series
Le Parfum d’Irak "Le Cowboy de Fallujah" (Flavours of Iraq), Léonard COHEN, France / NOVA PRODUCTION

Jury Award for a TV Series
La Vie de château (My Life in Versailles), Clémence MADELEINE-PERDRILLAT, Nathaniel H’LIMI, France / FILMS GRAND HUIT, MIYU PRODUCTIONS


Cristal for a Commissioned Film:
Ted-Ed "Accents", Robertino ZAMBRANO , Australia, USA / KAPWA STUDIOWORKS, TED-ED

Jury Award
#TakeOnHistory "Wimbledon"


Cristal for a Graduation Film:
Daughter (Dcera), Daria KASHCHEEVA, Czech Republic / FAMU, MAUR FILM COMPANY LTD.

Jury Award:
Rules of Play, Merlin FLÜGEL, Germany

Jury Distinction:
These Things in My Head – Side A, Luke BOURNE, United Kingdom / BCU – BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY

Cristal for the Best VR Work
Gloomy Eyes, Jorge TERESO, Fernando MALDONADO, Argentina, France / ATLAS V, 3DAR, ARTE FRANCE

The 60th edition of Annecy International Film Animation Festival takes place from 15th to 20th June 2020. Animation from the African continent will be in the spotlight next year, in parallel with the Institut français’ Africa 2020 season.

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