Creating the European Animation Awards
Mark Twain: “They did not know it was impossible, so they did it”.
While attending the 42nd Annie Awards organized by the International Animated Film Society, Didier Brunner was impressed by the vitality and dynamism of this event which brings together all animation professions, from all genres and with all kinds of talents:
“Tonight is a night to celebrate the films, the shows, your colleagues and the art form. Tonight’s event is for you, congratulations everyone!”
With these welcoming words, the president of the ASIFA-Hollywood, Jerry Beck, greeted the great family of American animation professionals without distinguishing professions, notoriety or talent, in the magnificent UCLA Theater.
This simple and friendly event seeks to celebrate once a year all those who contribute to the creativity, the vitality and the success of the American moving picture industry in each one of its forms and states.
On this special evening, all the actors of the animation sector are under the spotlight; it is a tribute to artists and technicians, hierarchy aside; it is a family celebration where small unknown hands and famous talents applaud together; it is the expression of a noble and flourishing industry which celebrates all of its knowhow. The Annies represent the proud assertion of the excellence of our industrial branch.
Therefore, why “shouldn’t Europe, the other animation continent, also organize its own “animation pride”?”
The wealth of the European talents who studied in Art schools such as La Cambre, Royal College of Art, Les Gobelins, etc… contributes to the creativity and the reputation of studios such as Aardman Animations, Illumination Mac Guff, Trixster, Walking the dog, Folimage, Cartoon Saloon and all the others.
European producers, distributors, authors and directors have many opportunities to meet each other (Cartoon movie, Cartoon Forum, Annecy International Animated Film Festival, etc.) but there is no family celebration, one that would bring together all professionals that contribute to the excellence of the European branch with the same great pride, all of the artists and technicians that the entire world covets, trained in the prestigious to the art of animation, Didier Brunner took the opportunity to launch the idea of a great festive European evening, the “European animation pride”, to celebrate each year the excellence of the European animation knowhow.