Tram, Crulic sway the Annecy awards

 The funny, lonesomeand irresistibly erotic female bus driver of Tram (Michaela Pavlatova, France, Sacrebleu productions) won the Annecy Cristal at the 2012 competition.

The Oscar-nominated Czech animator (Carnival of animals) produced this 8-minute short in France, with gusto and lot of Freudian charm. Tram also won the FIPRESCI award from a selected panels of critics.

 Special jury award was given to the self-discovery story Edmond Was a Donkey,Franck Dion, France, Canada,

 Best feature award went to the documentary animated film Crulic: the Path to Beyond (Anca Damian) (read the review).  Crulic tells the story  of the 33 year-old Romanian Claudiu Crulic, accused of theft in Poland, who goes on a hunger strike afterwards.

Special distinction was reserved for the Alzheimer drama, Wrinkles (Arrugas la pelicula, Ignacio Ferreras, Spain).

Audience award for a feature film (as well as the UNICEF award) went to another doc: Approved for Adoption is the story of Korean writer Jung, who was adopted in Belgium after the Korean war ended (film teaser and poster)

In the graduation category, Will Anderson (UK) received the premier award for his The Making of Longbird, a self-referential 15-min film, which looks at a filmmaker as he struggles with his character.

Special jury award to the French film Crowd (Borris Labbe, France). See all the awards of the 2012 Annecy film festival.

Short Film Awards

The Annecy Cristal: Tram, Michaela Pavlátová, France, Sacrebleu Productions

Special Jury Award:Edmond Was a Donkey,Franck Dion, France, Canada,Papy 3D Productions, ONF, Arte France

"Jean-Luc Xiberras" Award for a first film The People Who Never Stop

Florian Piento, France, Japan

Special Distinction: Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto

Johan Oettinger, Denmark, Basmati Film

Sacem Award for original music: Modern No. 2, Mirai Mizue, Japan

Junior Jury Award for a short film: Story of Him, Pascual Pérez, Spain, the Sensible Man Animation

Feature Film Awards

The Cristal for best feature: Crulic – The Path to Beyond, Anca Damian, Romania, Aparte Film

Special DistinctionArrugas/Wrinkles, Ignacio Ferreras, Spain, Perro Verde Films

Audience Award Approved for Adoption Laurent Boileau, Jung Henin, France, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland

Mosaïque Films, Artemis Productions, Panda Media, Nadasdy Film


TV and Commissioned Film Awards

The Cristal for best TV production: Secret Mountain Fort Awesome "Nightmare Sauce",Pete Browngardt, USA

Cartoon Network Studios

Special Award for a TV series: Stella and Sam "Voyage sur la lune", Dave Merritt, Raymond Jafelice, Canada, Radical Sheep Productions Inc.

Award for best TV special: The Gruffalo's Child, Johannes Weiland, Uwe Heidschötter, Great Britain

Magic Light Pictures, Studio Soi GmbH & Co. KG Filmproduktion

Educational, scientific or industrial film Award: Resale Right, Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet, France, Doncvoilà Production

Advertising or promotional film Award: Red Cross "Stuff", Andrew Hall, USA, Elastic

Award for best music video; We Cut Corners "Pirate's Life", Przemyslaw Adamski, Kartazyna Kijek, Poland


Graduation Film Awards

Award for best graduation film: The Making of Longbird. Will Anderson, Great Britain, Edinburgh College of Art

Special Jury Award:Crowd, Boris Labbe, France, EMCA – École des métiers du cinéma d'animation

Special Distinction: Le Jardin enchanté, Viviane Karpp, France, La Poudrière

Junior Jury Award for a graduation film: Friendsheep, Jaime Maestro, Spain, Primer Frame – Escuela de Animación


Other prizes

Unicef Award: Approved for Adoption, Laurent Boileau, Jung Henin, France, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland, Mosaïque Films, Artemis Productions, Panda Media, Nadasdy Film

Fipresci Award:Tram, Michaela Pavlátová, France, Sacrebleu Productions

"CANAL+ creative aid" Award for a short film: Una furtiva lagrima, Carlo Vogele, Luxembourg

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