The last ECFA Award nomination of the year came from Poznan, Poland, where the jury awarded the French animation CALAMITY – A CHILDHOOD OF MARTHA JANE CANNARY by Rémi Chayé.
The ECFA Jury were Yvonne Augustin (Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland), Catarina Ramalho (PLAY festival, Portugal) and Karolina Śmigiel (cultural creator, Poland). They awarded CALAMITY “for its outstanding original aesthetics and profound exploration of animation features. The young protagonist promotes diversity, respect and equality between the sexes. The story breaks with stereotypes, eludes genre patterns, and uses the formula of a Wild West movie but weaving a girl protagonist into it, who fights bravely for her family and her beliefs.” CALAMITY also received a Golden Goat Award as Best Feature for Children.
Among the awarded films in the festival were interesting titles such as MY DAD IS A SAUSAGE (Anouk Fortunier, Belgium, Best Debut Award & ZEF Film Educators Award for Best Children’s Film), LA TRAVIATA, MY BROTHERS AND I (Yohan Manca, France, ZEF Film Educators Award for Best Young People’s Film & Golden Goat Award as Best Feature for Young People), KIDS ARE FINE (Lee Ji-won, South Korea, Children’s Jury’s Feature Film Award & Award of the Association of Polish Filmmakers) and ELLA BELLA BINGO (Frank Mosvold & Atle Solberg Blakseth, Norway, Audience Award).