22 October, 2009
EFA Animated Feature Film 2009
EFA is proud to announce the three nominations for the new award category, European Film Academy Animated Feature Film 2009.
The jury, consisting of EFA Board Members Per Holst (producer, Denmark) and Antonio Saura (producer, Spain) as well as representatives of CARTOON, the European Association of Animated Film, Agnès Bizzaro (program consultant/ editor, France/Germany), Enzo d'Alo (director, Italy) and Joanna Quinn (director, UK), have nominated the following films:
MIA AND THE MIGOO (Mia et le Migou)
by Jacques-Rémy Girerd
NIKO & THE WAY TO THE STARS (Niko - Lentäjän poika)
by Kari Juusonen & Michael Hegner
THE SECRET OF KELLS (Brendan et le Secret de Kells)
by Tomm Moore
Mia and the Migoo (France 2008) tells the story of a young girl's journey in search of her father who is working at the building site of a luxury hotel in the middle of a hidden forest. Deep in the woods, she encounters the mysterious creature Migoo.
Niko & The Way to the Stars (Finland/Germany/Denmark/Ireland 2008) is an adventure about young reindeer Niko, who is still learning how to fly. He sets out for a quest to find his father, a famous member of the legendary Santa Flying Forces.
In the 9th century, in the remote parts of Ireland, lies the fortified Kells Abbey, which is threatened by the Vikings. In The Secret of Kells (France 2009), 12-year-old Brendan explores the art of illuminating the darkness and discovers how to protect against the barbarians' raids.
The nominated films will be submitted to EFA Members to elect the winner - the award will be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony on 12 December, in Bochum, Germany.