French director wins big at Polish animated film festival


French director Osman Cerfon won the main prize at the 12th International Animated Film Festival − Animator 2019 − held in Poznań, western Poland.

Mr Cerfon was conferred the “Golden Pegasus” award and PLN 45,000 (EUR 10,543) for the production of the 14-minute long 2018 drama “Je sors acheter de cigarettes” (“I’m Going Out for Cigarettes”).

The jury of the international short film competition decided to award the main prize to the French production “for the unique use of animation to reveal family wounds hidden in everyday life,” states Polish news agency PAP.

The second prize − the “Silver Pegasus” and PLN 20,000 (EUR 4,687) − was given to the Russian film “Piat minut do moria” (“Five minutes to sea”) by Natalia Mirzoyan.

And the French film “Egg” by Martina Scarpelli got the third prize and PLN 15,000 (EUR 3,515.26).

More than 300 animated films from around the world were available to viewers at the Animator 2019 that began on July 5, and according to the organisers, over 16,000 people attended the week-long event.

Celebrated British animator Tim Allen was the festival’s special guest. He has worked on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride”, Nick Park’s “Shaun the Sheep” and Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs”.