- Directors and companies from Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the UK round up the nominations

- The directors of "A Monster in Paris", "Ronal the Barbarian" and "Zarafa" among the nominees

The European animation industry will pay tribute to the sector's personalities of the year during the Cartoon Movie Tributes ceremony on 9 March in Lyon, France. Participants of the co-production market Cartoon Movie will vote for the director, producer and distributor who they believe have made an outstanding contribution to the animated feature industry over the past year. The shortlist include nine nominees from Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the UK.

Competing in the category of European Director of the Year are Eric "Bibo" Bergeron for "A Monster in Paris", a French film produced by EuropaCorp that has sold more than 1.6 million tickets in its home country and has also been a hit in the UK, Russia and Belgium; Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Philip Einstein Lipski & Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen for "Ronal the Barbarian", a stereoscopic 3D Danish parody film already released in 20 countries; and French directors Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie for "Zarafa", a 2D film selected for competition at the Berlinale 2012 and inspired by the true story of the first giraffe arrived in France.

Three companies will compete for the European Distributor of the Year award: Cinéart, the independent distributor from Belgium and the Netherlands that has released films like "Waltz with Bashir", "Persepolis", "The Rabbi's Cat", "Eleanor's Secret" and "A Town Called Panic" ; Pathé Distribution, the film distribution and international sales arm of French giant Pathé with collaborations in France and the UK, which has bought titles such as "The Illusionist", "Zarafa" and "Pourquoi j'ai (pas) mangé mon père"; and Romania's Transilvania Film, an active company focusing on arthouse cinema which has distributed "Persepolis", "The Illusionist" and "Ronal the Barbarian".

Blue Spirit Animation, Moonscoop and Perro Verde Films will vie for the European Producer of the Year tribute. With a long track record in the animation world, France's Blue Spirit Animation produced "Le Tableau", a film by Jean-François Laguionie selected for Cartoon Movie 2012. Headquartered in Paris with studios in Wales, Luxembourg and Los Angeles, Moonscoop is one of the leading worldwide animation production studios and has recently produced "Titeuf" which has reached 1.3 million admissions. Rounding up the list of finalists is Perro Verde Films, Spanish production company which has just premiered the Goya award-winning "Wrinkles", a film about Alzheimer's and friendship, selected to open this year's Cartoon Movie.

A total of 55 new European animation films and projects will be presented at Cartoon Movie 2012 with the aim of speeding up financing and distribution. France, which is behind 40% of the projects, once again stands out at this professional forum, which continues to showcase more and more films developed in stereoscopic 3D and targeting adult audiences. Cartoon Movie 2012 will be held in Lyon, France, from 7-9 March.

Cartoon Movie Tributes nominees

European Director of the Year
Eric "Bibo" Bergeron for "A Monster in Paris" (France)

Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Philip Einstein Lipski & Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen for "Ronal the Barbarian" (Denmark)

Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie for "Zarafa" (France)

European Distributor of the Year
Cinéart (Belgium/Netherlands)

Pathé Distribution (France/United Kingdom)

Transilvania Film (Romania)

European Producer of the Year
Blue Spirit Animation (France)

Moonscoop (France)

Perro Verde Films (Spain)

The 14th edition of Cartoon Movie is organised with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée), the Rhône-Alpes Region, Greater Lyon and in collaboration with the Cluster Imaginove (Lyon).

Since 1999, some 185 projects with a total budget of 1.3 billion EUR have obtained full financing thanks to this annual forum aimed at strengthening the production and distribution of animated feature films in Europe.

CARTOON - European Association of Animation Film is an international non-profit association based in Brussels that organises Cartoon Movie, together with Cartoon Forum, a co-production forum for animated tv series, Cartoon Master training seminars and Cartoon Connection, a new programme intended to explore ways of reinforcing cooperation between EU and non EU animation professionals.

Cartoon Movie Director: Annick Maes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., T: (32) (2) 242 93 43
International Press: Gerardo Michelin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., T: (34) (630) 57 22 68
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The Israeli film Policeman opened in "Skalvija" and "Pasaka" cinemas this week. It is a drama about a curse of the modern society: the widening gap between the rich and the remaining population, and the modern revolutionaries inspired by this gap.

Policeman is the debut film of a young filmmaker Nadav Lapid who has already won the acclaim of the international film community. The script for the film was written by the director for the Cannes Film Festival residency programme Cinéfondation.

Yaron, the main character of the film, is in the elite police force, which he adores. He sees himself and his colleagues as the weapon of the state aimed at its enemies. Yaron cherishes his masculinity and his masculine friendship with his teammates. His wife is pregnant with their first child. Everything appears to be perfect.

However, one day Yaron's team gets a task to liberate millionaires held hostage. Radical activists who have taken the hostages are not only chanting ghastly slogans that "it's time for the poor to get rich and for the rich to get dying." They are also addressing the police officers who are aiming their weapons at them: "Policemen, you are not our enemies! Policemen, you are also oppressed.!"

The unexpected confrontation with the hostile, radical activists rocks Yaron's perception of the world.

"In the 60s and 70s, when political terrorism rose in Western Europe, Israel was socialist, basically egalitarian. Today, Israel has the widest economical gaps in the Western world.", said Nadav Lapid. "Class conflicts are shadowed by the conflict with the common enemy-the Palestinians. But, below the surface, boil a rage and a feeling of abuse. In " Policeman", they mature to an eruption, strangled by a force greater than itself."

"Policeman" is the first Israeli film distributed theatrically in Lithuania. It was introduced to the audiences by Kaunas International Film Festival which is participating in the unique network for international festivals and distributors"Eye on Films" supported by the European Union programme MEDIA Mundus.

The film has opened in the film theatre "Pasaka" on February 16 and in film centre "Skalvija" on February 17 d.

More information: Gintarė Kavaliūnaitė, phone No.: +370 610 05056; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.kinofestivalis.lt .

Gintarė Kavaliūnaitė
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Kaunas International Film Festival | Tarptautinis Kauno kino festivalis
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{mosimage}Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland - the Helsinki School of Economics, the Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki - Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research. The university's ambitious goal is to rank among the top universities in the world in its areas of specialization. At Aalto there are 20,000 students with around 75,000 alumni. We have a staff of 4,500 including 300 professors.

The former Aalto University School of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture of the School of Engineering have merged to form the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The new school combines design, media, architecture, film, art education and art. The key areas of research in the school are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design.

The Department of Film, Television and Production Design (ELO) invites applications for the following position:


The position will be filled on the basis of artistic merits and the successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed 5-year term during the academic year 2012-13 with the title of Professor of Practice.

The Aalto Professor of Practice system is intended especially for the field of art, design and architecture. The Professor of Practice position provides departments with the possibility to hire highly respected professionals opening new areas of teaching and research / artistic and professional work. The position also provides possibility for re-evaluation and dynamic development of the field. The candidate will be appointed for a fixed 5-year term. The position will begin during the academic year 2012-13.

The Professor of Practice is considered a professorial position with Aalto-level requirements and external evaluation. The departmental committee will also evaluate the applicants. A doctoral degree or comparable artistic qualifications and significant expertise in teaching and/or research/artistic and professional work are required for obtaining a Professor of Practice position. Furthermore, Professors of Practice are required to be committed to developing the field through research/artistic and professional work and teaching activities.

Aalto University follows the salary system of universities, but applicants may also provide salary requirements.


The professorship is located in ELO, the Department of Film, Television and Production Design, see http://elo.aalto.fi/en/. ELO consists of two degree programs: film and television, and scenography. The Degree Program of Film and Television provides teaching in seven areas of specialization: directing, screenwriting, film and television producing, film editing, cinematography, sound design, and documentary film-making. The Degree Program of Scenography offers three areas of specialization: production design, scenography and costume design. In addition, the Department provides teaching in the history of the cinema and courses in development of research skills. The Department collaborates closely with the Theatre Academy Helsinki and with other higher education institutions specialized in arts, as well as with polytechnics specialized in the audio-visual field. The open position is administered by the Degree Program of Film and Television.

The Degree Program of Film and Television trains the students in the practical skills and knowledge needed

in film-making and television through workshops, theory courses and film-making assignments. The history

of cinema also plays a key role in the program. ELO's people-centred research based on artistic work has an impact on the regeneration and development of the entire field.

The Department educates visionary artists for the various professions related to TV and film, providing them with the necessary tools - methods and skills - to realize their films and stories in their own style.

The Department of Film, Television and Production Design provides an opportunity for pursuing doctoral degrees which include artistic elements. Issues arising from the artistic, aesthetic-philosophical or technical aspects of film-making or its production are at the heart of the people-centered research of the Department. Contacts with international higher education institutions and universities in the field of arts engaged in similar research of TV, film and scenography are an essential part of the research activities of the Department.

For additional information, please contact Professor Jarmo Lampela tel. +358 50 545 2027. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The application materials should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications (the most important ones marked), a filmography, one page summary of teaching merits, and a brief description (max 3 pages) of your views regarding the present situation and the future development of the field.

All application materials should be in English. Language requirements for applicants are described in more detail in the application instructions.

Please find detailed application instructions attached (on the right-hand side of this page).

The applications for this position are to be addressed to the Dean of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and submitted to the Registry of Aalto University preferably by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than on 28.2 2012. The postal address is Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, P.O. Box 31000, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland. Registry closes at 3.00 p.m.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

The application materials will not be returned.

Helsinki, 12.1.2012

Welcome for Shooting Stars 2012
Photographer credit: Markus Nass
(from left to right): Riz Ahmed (UK), Ana Ularu (Romania), Hilmar Gudjónsson (Iceland),

Androulla Vassiliou; European Commissioner for Education and Culture, Max Hubacher (Switzerland),
Adèle Haenel (France), Bill Skarsgård (Sweden) and Jakub Gierszał (Poland)
not pictured: Anna Maria Mühe (Germany), Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Ireland), Isabella Ragonese (Italy)

11 February 2012: A Group of Europe's most talented young actors have just arrived in Berlin to be presented by European Film Promotion (EFP) for the 15th edition of SHOOTING STARS at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

The SHOOTING STARS, come from a broad range of European countries, backgrounds and experiences. They have arrived in Berlin to start a weekend full of events where they will further their international connections and future work opportunities. Chosen by a high-profile jury of film industry professionals, the ten young actors will meet casting directors, agents and filmmakers and be presented to the international media. The highlight of the SHOOTING STARS weekend will be the glamorous award ceremony held at the Berlinale Palast on Monday night. Each will be presented with The SHOOTING STARS Award being donated by the main partner, TESIRO. Chinese film star Annie Yi will also participate at the various events as the Chinese ambassador for SHOOTING STARS. The European Commission co-funds the Shooting Stars initiative through its MEDIA programme for cinema.

Additional information is available at: www.shootingstars.eu/en/press_news/2012/2012_02_11_shooting_stars_arrival.php

To attend the press conference on February 13, please confirm your participation with:

Press Contact Premier PR:

Liberty Green

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+ 49 30 2300 3322 / 3440

Ginger Corbett

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+ 49 30 2300 3322 / 3440

Contact EFP:

Karin Dix (Project Director)

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+49-151-2521 5043

Mareen Gerisch (Head of Press)

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+49 160 94 680 280

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