European helming prize goes to 'Zarafa' duo

LYON, France — Manuel Cristobal’s Perro Verde Films won European Producer of the Year at the 14th Cartoon Movie mini-mart that wrapped Friday in Lyon.

Perro Verde was competing against Gaul’s Moonscoop and Blue Spirit Animation.

France’s Remi Bezancon and Jean-Christophe Lie nabbed the European director nod for 2D adventure “Zarafa,” beating Bibo Bergeron for EuropaCorp-produced “Monster in Paris,” and the Danish trio, Thorbjorn Christoffersen, Philip Einstein Lipski and Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen for “Ronal the Barbarian.”

Belgium’s Cineart won the European distributor kudo over Romania’s Transilvania Film and Pathe, which operates in France and the U.K.

Marc Bonny, founder of Lyon-based arthouse company, Gebeka Films, was feted with a special tribute from the Rhone-Alpes region.

Gebeka’s slate includes Jean-Francois Laguionie’s “The Painting” and “Couleur Miel,” a hybrid live action-animation pic helmed by Laurent Boileau and Jung Henin.

Cristobal set up Galicia-based Perro Verde in 2007. It produced Ignacio Ferreras’ feature debut “Wrinkles,” which was pitched at Cartoon Movie last year and had its Gallic premiere at the mart on March 7.

Cristobal told Variety that Perro Verde is developing a second toon with Ferreras.

The company’s credits also include “Angel de la Cruz” and “Going Nuts.”

“We aim to continue producing family features as well as films like ‘Wrinkles’ that push the boundaries of animation by addressing moving issues with humor and endearing characters,” Cristobal said.

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