Finnish animation studio Anima Vitae’s (Niko and the Way to the Stars, Moominvalley) animated feature film project Fleak has won the Eurimages Co-production Award at the 22nd edition of Cartoon Movie.
Cartoon Movie is an annual pitching and co-production forum for animated feature films that takes place in Bordeaux, France.
This year the Eurimages Award jury consisted of Karin Schockweiler (Film Fund Luxembourg), Julia Müntefering (Telepool, Germany) ja Eric Geay (SND, France). The jury found Fleak to be a “story about resilience, told with a hint of magic and in a very artistic, original way. Its fresh and innovative approach makes it possible to broach a sensitive and moving topic that can make a real difference.”
The cash-prize of €20,000 is created to support European co-productions that are in development stage. The award is to be used by the producer to cover the development expenses of the animation project.
Anima Vitae’s Producer Antti Haikala is happy to receive the award: “This is a nice addition to our development funding but also … making an animated movie is a lengthy process so this kind of awards along the way are really important for people who are working with the film. We are so grateful for getting this price amongst so many beautiful projects!”
Fleak is a fantasy adventure animation feature about Lauri, a 12-year-old boy who loses his ability to walk, but gains a friendly creature from another dimension – and together they have to save both their worlds from a Shadow monster. Told from a child’s perspective, this powerful story shows how imagination and a kind heart can help overcome resentment.
Anima is producing the 3D animated feature film in co-production with Polish Animoon, French Godo Films and Danish Parka Pictures.