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The Breadwinner received the Grand Prize, selected by the festival jury, and the Audience Award, selected by audience members, at the inaugural Animation Is Film festival that took place over the weekend in Hollywood.

Additionally, a Special Jury Prize was awarded to The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, a comedic hand-drawn animated film from Oscar-nominated Benjamin Renner (Ernest & Celestine) and Patrick Imbert. The pic was produced by Oscar-nominated Didier Brunner (Ernest & Celestine).

Speaking on behalf of the jury, its chair, Variety critic Peter Debruge, said, “The Breadwinner is not just an incredibly important film, but one that reminds us of the power of animation to communicate serious issues in the world. Transforming hardship into a warm and moving story, the movie represents a triumph by its director, Nora Twomey, in terms of script, voice acting, design, music and editing. The films in competition this year illustrated the many techniques and possibilities of animation, but The Breadwinner was a clear favorite among our jury. Special Jury Prize goes to The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, a comedy that celebrates the joys of traditional cartoon animation.”

GKIDS will release The Breadwinner on Nov. 17 in North America.

Source article - The Hollywood Reported