The short film "Krokodill" by Estonian director Kaspar Jancis has been selected as one of the five finalists for the Cartoon d'Or 2010, the pan-European award for the best animated short film of the year. Produced by Eesti Joonisfilm, "Krokodill" is the fifth animation film by Kaspar Jancis, and has already won several awards, including two Grand Prizes at Fredrikstad Animation Festival and at Animateka (Ljubljana).
    The finalists for the Cartoon d'Or 2010 were chosen among 29 shortlisted films that received an award over the past year at one of Europe's most prestigious animation festivals. Competition for the Cartoon d'Or is limited to winners of awards from one of these partner festivals.

    The jury composed of directors Joanna Quinn (UK) and Géza M. Tóth (Hungary), and producer Valérie Schermann (France), have nominated the following films

    "A Family Portrait", Joseph Pierce, UK (4' 40'')
    "Krokodill", Kaspar Jancis, Estonia (17')
    "Logorama", H5 (François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy & Ludovic Houplain), France (16' 5'')
    "Sinna Mann", Anita Killi, Norway (20')
    "The Tale of Little Puppetboy", Johannes Nyholm, Sweden (18')

    The winner will be announced in Sopron, Hungary, on 17th September 2010 during Magyar Cartoon Forum, the platform to boost the co-production and distribution of European animation for television. The directors of each nominated short will present his or her film to an auditorium of important players in European animation, providing them an opportunity to strengthen their ties with the industry.

    The winner will receive a trophy together with a financial aid of 10,000 EUR, thanks to the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

    In 2009, Irish director David O'Reilly won the Cartoon d'Or award for his innovative short film "Please Say Something".

    The Cartoon d'Or was created in 1991 by CARTOON in order to promote the talents of European animation and to act as a pipeline between short film makers and the industry. Previous winners include Nick Park, Sylvain Chomet, Mark Baker, Michael Dudok de Wit and Jacques-Rémy Girerd.

    The Cartoon d'Or 2010 partner festivals are AniFest - Teplice (Czech Republic); Anima - Brussels (Belgium); Cinanima - Espinho (Portugal); Encounters Short Film Festival - Bristol (United Kingdom); Festival International du Film d'Animation - Annecy (France); Fredrikstad Animation Festival - Fredrikstad (Norway); Holland Animation Film Festival - Utrecht (Netherlands); I Castelli Animati - Genzano di Roma (Italy); Internationales Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart - Stuttgart (Germany); "Cartoon East", the Eastern European festivals coalition (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia).

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    Cartoon Forum Organisation: Annick Maes
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    International Press: Gerardo Michelin
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