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The animation feature produced by Autour de Minuit in cooperation with Panique! & Schmuby gets a cash prize of 20,000 €  at CARTOON Movie 2021.

The Eurimages Co-production Development Award was awarded y, Thursday 11 March 2021, during the digital edition of Cartoon Movie 2021 to the project "Shadows" produced by Autour de Minuit (France) in cooperation with Panique! (Belgium) and Schmuby (France), and directed by Nadia Micault.

Fleeing their village, two children set out as their father did, to seek a better world. It is the beginning of a long journey for these two “migrants”. They will meet the capitalist ogre, the snake-smuggler, the treacherous sirens or the metal fortress. They also encounter other travelers, the Peacock or the Silent One. Together they will walk the long and steep road to the Promised Land, with the caring help of the Shadows - Synopsis

The Jury Karin Schockweiler (Film Fund Luxembourg – Luxembourg), Emmanuelle Chevalier (Les Films du Préau – France) and Emil Simeonov (Pro Films – Bulgaria) was impressed by the ambitious project “Shadows” as it is dealing with serious matters, as migration, family, relationships, taking care of each other, told as a fairy-tale with hope at the end. The visuals are very original, of high quality, done with an interesting mix of different techniques. The project was co-developed since its beginning and is leaded by a talented team.

The 2D/3D animation project in development  Shadows (Les Ombres) is based on the graphic novel Les Ombres by Vincent Zabus and graphics by Hippolyte.

Following a call for proposals launched in June 2020, the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund has selected seven co-production markets around the world to present the Eurimages Co-Production Development Prize in 2021, including the one of Cartoon Movie. This cash-prize of 20,000 € has been created to promote the Fund’s role in encouraging international animated co-production from he initial stages of a project.

The project has to be designed from the outset as an international co-production for cinema release and initiated by a lead producer based in a Eurimages country willing to co-operate with other partners internationally. The lead producer should aim to involve at least one other producer from a Eurimages country. The award, which takes the form of a non-reimbursable subsidy, must be used by the producers to cover development expenses of the animation project.

CARTOON Movie takes place online, 9-11 March 2021

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