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France Sweeps Cartoon Forum Awards

'The Christmas Log' wins Cartoon d'Or

TOULOUSE, France — Out in force with 29 animated series projects pitched at Cartoon Forum, France also swept all three awards at the co-production mart’s 25th edition.

Les Films de L’Arlequin (“Hollow Land”) took the Producer of the Year award; France’s Canal Plus nabbed the Broadcaster of the Year kudo; and Mediatoon Distribution (“The Garfield Show”) snatched up the Animation Distributor/Investor of the Year nod.

The Cartoon d’Or award went to Belgium’s “The Christmas Log” (“La buche de Noel,” pictured above), a stop-motion skein from Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar, the Belgian duo who directed “A Town Called Panic” and the Oscar-nominated “Ernest & Celestine.” “Christmas” is produced by Belgium’s Panique, in co-production with France’s Autour de minuit.

“Christmas” beat out Eric Montchaud “Anatole’s Little Saucepan,” Spela Cadez’s “Boles,” Amelie Harrault’s “Kiki of Montparnasse,”  Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares’ “Mr. Hublot.”

Cartoon is a Brussels-based nonprofit that created the Cartoon d’Or in 1991 to promote European animation talent.

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