The 2019 European Animation Awards Association (EAA) has cancelled the third-annual Emile Awards, after Creative Europe Media and several industry sponsors withdrew financial support for the event.
Although the awards are not happening for this year, the organization is extending its memberships into next year and plans to host the awards again in 2020.
“We believe that the Emile awards are much needed, and we will not let it end,” said the Board of the European Animation Awards in a statement. “The EAA are simply taking a small step back, learning from previous editions, to take time to build a stronger event, complete with a more formidable network.”
Creative Europe Media, an EU program designed to support European film and and other audiovisual industries, as well as some other commercial sponsors didn’t continue supporting the awards, according to Jean-Paul Commin, the general secretary of the EAA. But he didn’t specify which sponsors pulled funding or why.
Established in memory of French animation industry pioneers Emile Cohl and Emile Reynaud in 2017, the awards are voted on by members of the European Animation Awards Association and recognize the work done by directors, storyboard artists, animators and engineers on TV and film projects. Last year, the awards featured 18 categories, including Best Character Animation in a Feature Film, Best Writing in a TV/ Broadcast Production and Best Storyboard in a Feature Film. In 2018, the creative teams behind Cartoon Network EMEA’s popular series The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe and The Breadwinner (pictured) took home four awards each.