The creative teams behind Cartoon Network EMEA’s hit series The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe and Annie-winning animated feature The Breadwinner (pictured) took top honors at the second-annual Emile Awards in Lille, France over the weekend.
Named after animation industry pioneers Emile Cohl and Emile Reynaud, the awards are voted on by members of the European Animation Awards Association and recognize the creative and artistic work done by directors, writers, storyboard artists, animators and engineers on TV and film projects.
Prince Ivandoe and The Breadwinner each took home four awards apiece at the ceremony. Irish director Nora Twomey won in the Best Direction in a Feature Film category for the Canadian, Irish, and Luxembourg co-production, The Breadwinner. Co-produced by Toronto’s Aircraft Pictures, Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions and Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon, the film also snapped up Feature wins for Best Storyboard, Best Character Animation and Best Background and Character Design.
Meanwhile, Danish animators Christian Bøving-Andersen and Eva Lee Wallberg (The Amazing World of Gumball) were triumphant in the Best Direction in a TV/Broadcast Production category for The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe. Commissioned by Cartoon Network EMEA and produced in Denmark by Sun Creature Studio, the 10 x three-minute series tells the tale of a young prince whose father sends him on a quest to retrieve a magical feather from a fearsome king. The series, which picked up a 2018 BAFTA nomination for International Animation in October, also snapped up TV/Broadcast wins for Best Storyboard, Best Character Animation, and Best Background & Character Design.
Here are a few of the key winners from the TV/Broadcast and Feature Film competitions:
Best Storyboard in a TV/Broadcast Production
The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe—Denmark (Kenneth Ladekjær, Eva Lee Wallberg)
Best Direction in a TV/Broadcast Production
The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe—Denmark (Christian Bøving-Andersen, Eva Lee Wallberg)
Best Writing in a TV/Broadcast Production
Vitello—Denmark (Kim Fupz Aakeson, Ida Mule Scott)
Best Character Animation in a TV/Broadcast Production
The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe—Denmark (Tina Lykke Thorn, Henrik Sønniksen, Mikkel Vedel and Eva Lee Wallberg)
Best Direction in a Feature Film
The Breadwinner—Ireland, Luxembourg, Canada (Nora Twomey)
Best Writing in a Feature Film
Funan—France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Cambodia (Denis Do, Magali Pouzol)
Best Storyboard in a Feature Film
The Breadwinner—Ireland, Luxembourg, Canada (Giovanna Ferrari, Julien Regnard, Stuart Shankly)
Best Character Animation in a Feature Film
The Breadwinner—Ireland, Luxembourg, Canada (Fabian Erlinghäuser, John Walsh, Lorraine Lordan, Jeremy Purcell, Viktor Ens, Nicolas Debray, Geoff King and Emmanuel Asquier-Brassart)
The complete list of winners can be found here.