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Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner Picks Up Four Awards at the 2018 Emile Awards
10 Dec 2018 : News Desk
Cartoon Saloon’s ‘The Breadwinner’ was the recipient of four accolades at the second edition of the European Animation Awards in Lille, France.

Nora Twomey’s debut animated feature, ‘The Breadwinner’, picked up four major awards including Best Direction, Best Storyboarding, Best Character Animation and Best Background and Character Design.

Speaking at the ceremony, director Nora Twomey said:

“It was amazing being nominated in this category, especial with so many amazing political films. Nobody makes feature films like Europe. It’s an incredible honour to be part of this industry, part of this artform. If there are young female directors out there in the crowd tonight, I would say, don’t listen to that huge voice in your head that tells you ‘You can’t do it!’ because you absolutely can.”

Other Irish nominees on the night included Brown Bag Films’ ‘Angela’s Christmas’ and Telegael’s ‘Captain Morten and the Spider Queen’, Ireland’s first ever stop motion animated feature film.

‘The Breadwinner’ tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who gives up her identity to provide for her family and to try to save her father’s life. A story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, the film also celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan with a cast that includes many performers of Afghan descent.

Since its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival (TIFF)in September 2017, ‘The Breadwinner’, has achieved immense success on the international stage. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Academy Awards and Golden Globes and garnered ten Annie Award nominations; taking home the ceremony's accolade for Best Animated Feature, marking the first time a solo female director has won in this category.

‘The Breadwinner’ is produced by Paul Young of Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon (‘Song of the Sea’, ‘The Secret of Kells’) alongside Canada's Aircraft Pictures, and Luxembourg's Melusine Productions and Angelina Jolie serves as the title’s executive producer. 

‘The Breadwinner’ was developed with support from Screen Ireland, Telefilm Canada, the Film Fund Luxembourg, Corus Entertainment, the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Belinda Stronach Foundation.

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