5 + 3 Animated Films for the European Film Awards Nominations 2022

European Film Awards animation nominees 2022

Signe Baumane with her 'My Love Affair with Marriage' seems she has to fight with 'Little Nicholas - Happy as Can Be' by Amandine Fredon & Benjamin Massoubre. Both Annecy Festival winners meet again at the European Film Awards (10 December 2022, Reykjavic, Iceland), which announced the nominations for their animation features and short films.

3 French films (production or co-production) overall in the nominations, including the stop-motion 'No Dogs Or Italian Allowed', a personal story of an immigrant family by Alain Ughetto (Jasmine).

The nominees were chosen by representatives of the European Film Academy and CARTOON, the European Association for Animation Film. Last year, it was 'Flee' by Jonas Poher Rasmussen who won the prize in the category.

Check the full lineup:

European Animated Feature Film:

  • LITTLE NICHOLAS – HAPPY AS CAN BE (LE PETIT NICOLAS – QU'EST-CE QU'ON ATTEND POUR ÊTRE HEUREUX?) directed by Amandine Fredon & Benjamin Massoubre (France, Luxembourg)
  • MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MARRIAGE directed by Signe Baumane (Latvia, United States, Luxembourg)
  • MY NEIGHBORS' NEIGHBORS (LES VOISINS DE MES VOISINS SONT MES VOISINS) directed by Anne-Laure Daffis & Léo Marchand (France)
  • NO DOGS OR ITALIANS ALLOWED (INTERDIT AUX CHIENS ET AUX ITALIENS) directed by Alain Ughetto (France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal)
  • OINK (KNOR) directed by Mascha Halberstad (Netherlands, Belgium)

In the European Short Film category, we see three multiply acclaimed animation shorts (out of 5 candidates). Two of them are animation documentaries. First, the Slovenian 'Granny's Sexual Life' by Urška Djukič & Émilie Pigeard (Slovenia, France)

Four old women reflect on their memories of old times when they were young and how different the relationships between men and women were back then. Their voices merge into one single voice, that of grandmother Vera, who tells her story in proper detail. A trip into grandmother’s youth and the memories of her intimate life illustrate the status of Slovenian women in the first half of the 20th century.

The awarded 'Love, Dad' by Diana Cam Van Nguyen is an uneasy love letter of a girl to her dad, in a collage format

And the Portuguese 'Ice Merchants' by João Gonzalez (Portugal, France, UK) closes the animation lineup of the short film nominees.

Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their vertiginous cold house, attached to a cliff, to go to the village on the ground, far away where they sell the ice they produce daily.

European Short Film:

  • GRANNY'S SEXUAL LIFE (BABIČINO SEKSUALNO ŽIVLJENJE) directed by Urška Djukič & Émilie Pigeard (Slovenia, France)
  • ICE MERCHANTS directed by João Gonzalez (Portugal, France, UK)
  • LOVE, DAD (MILÝ TATI) directed by Diana Cam Van Nguyen (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
  • TECHNO, MAMA directed by Saulius Baradinskas (Lithuania)
  • WILL MY PARENTS COME TO SEE ME directed by Mo Harawe (Austria, Germany, Somalia)

The short film selection came out from an even larger section of 29 candidate films selected by participating festivals. Browsing through the list we find equally important (and awarded) animation shorts, like the 2D 'Affairs of the Art' (and Oscar-nominated by Joanna Quinn; we also see the multiplane animation short 'Steakhouse' by Slovenian  Špela Čadež  -neither of those made the final list.

The 4,400 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the overall winners.

The 35th European Film Awards ceremony will take place on 10 December 2022 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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