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Jan Bultheel and Grid Animation nominated for Cartoon Movie Tributes


Director Jan Bultheel and animation studio Grid Animation have both been nominated for the Cartoon Movie Tributes, the annual animation prizes honouring the best of European animation. Bultheel has been nominated with his feature debut Cafard as Director of the Year, while Grid Animation and its co-producers on the feature Ooops! Noah is Gone… are competing for Producer of the Year.

Jan Bultheel is one of the nominees for the award of European Director of the Year with his animation feature Cafard. For his feature debut, the director used techniques such as motion-capture and facial tracking to transfer the movements and expressions of the actors onto animated figures. Bultheel will also use these techniques in his upcoming project Canaan, which he will also present during Cartoon Movie. Producer of both films is Arielle Sleutel of Tondo Films.

Also nominated as European Producer of the Year is Grid Animation, the Flemish co-producer of Ooops! Noah is Gone… In this Germany/Luxembourg/Ireland/Belgium co-production, the end of the world is near and a flood is coming. Luckily for Dave and his son Finny, a couple of clumsy Nestrians, an Ark has been built to save all the animals. But, as it turns out, Nestrians aren't allowed.

The winners of the Cartoon Movie Tributes will be chosen by over 750 animation professionals who will be present at Cartoon Movie, the European pitching and co-production platform for animation which takes place from 2-4 March.

During the event, the animated documentary Another Day of Life along with the family animated feature Richard The Stork, both co-produced by Walking The Dog, will be presented. These co-productions with Flanders received both support from the Economic Fund Screen Flanders.

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