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Grid Animation named European Producer of the Year at Cartoon Movie


Flemish animation studio Grid Animation has been awarded the prize for European Producer of the Year at the Cartoon Movie Tributes, an award they share with the co-producers of the animated feature Ooops! Noah is Gone…. The Cartoon Movie Tributes reward outstanding achievements by companies and individuals in the field of animation.

Each year, the Cartoon Movie Tributes are handed out in three categories: Director; Distributor; and Producer of the Year. Grid Animation took home the latter award, together with Ulysses Filmproduktion, Fabrique d’Images and Moetion Films, respectively the German, Luxembourg and Irish co-producers of Ooops! Noah Is Gone…

The computer-animated adventure comedy tells the story of Dave and his son Finny, a couple of clumsy Nestrians - a rare animal breed that is useless. It's the end of the world and a flood is coming. Luckily an ark has been built to save all the animals. But as it turns out, Nestrians aren't allowed, so Dave and Finny try to sneak on board.

It’s not the first time that animation professionals from Flanders have picked up awards at the Cartoon Movie Tributes. In 2014, Walking The Dog received Producer of the Year, while nWave Pictures won the same prize in 2010. A year earlier, Vivi Film and the co-producers of Brendan, The Secret of Kells were also honoured at the awards.

Flanders was well represented at this year’s edition. Director Jan Bultheel, who recently made his animation feature debut with Cafard, was one of the nominees in the category Best Director of the Year. In addition, the Cartoon Movie programme revealed a variety of Flemish (co)productions; and the pitching event opened with Robinson Crusoe, an animation feature by Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen, which nWave produced.

Robinson Crusoe and Cafard received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Ooops! Noah is Gone… and Cafard were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.