The European Association of Animation Film has announced the five finalists for Cartoon d’Or 2009, an award for the best European animated short film for which Irish filmmaker David O’Reilly has been nominated for his short Please Say Something. Also nominated is Nick Park for Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death. The winner will be announced in the Norwegian city of Stavanger on 24th September.
The finalists will have the opportunity to present the film to over 700 participants at Cartoon Forum, the annual European rendezvous to support the co-production, financing and distribution of animation series for television and new media platforms, which will be held in Rogaland, Norway from 22–25 September.
The winner – who will be decided by a jury made up of the directors Serge Elissalde, Tomm Moore and Kari Juusonen – will receive funding for his or her next animation project.
Created in 1991 to support upcoming talent in European animation, this is the only pan-European prize specifically for animated films. Competition in this event is exclusively reserved for winners of awards from one of eleven partner animation festivals, considered some of the most important in Europe, over the past year. The Cartoon d’Or is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.