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During the Closing Ceremony on Saturday 19th June, the jury of Annecy awarded the competition’s 20 official prizes.

Here are the 2021 winners:

Annecy Cristal Awards

Samuel Patthey’s “Peel”, Guillaume Lorin’s “Vanille”, Martina Scarpell’s “Kai A Little Too Much", Zehao Li’s “Hippocampus” and Jonathan Hagard’s “Replacements” respectively won the Cristal for a Short Film, a TV Production, a Commissioned Film, a Graduation Film and VR, the top award of Annecy Animation Festival.

The most outstanding awarded work of Annecy is definitely Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s “Flee”, which won the Cristal for a Feature Film. The following is the particulars of “Flee”.

Cristal for a Feature Film: Flee
Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden


Overview of “Flee”

This feature film is about a true story of a man, Amin Nawabi, as an Afghan refugee, on the verge of marriage that compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time. A secret he has been hiding for over twenty years threatens to ruin the life he has built for himself. He recounts his dramatic journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan Kabul to Denmark Copenhagen.

Theme of “Flee”

“Flee” truly stands out in concerning the plight of refugees, as it tells a story beyond refugee status. The character Amin is an Afghan refugee, fleeing to Moscow and then Copenhagen, forced to leave his brother behind and separated from his parents.

Another theme the film touched is the self-discovery of the definition of home, the conflict between sexual inclinations and his upbringing, and the cure and remain of trauma suppressed and smothered by lies for the sake of self-preservation.

Flee Kabul

Used technology

It experiments with traditional animation and charcoal sketches to describe protagonist‘s more distant memories. The evident low frame-rate digital character animation makes audience pay more attention to the voice of recounting and the story itself rather than the vision. Also, it enhances the vraisemblance of the documentary by the bare-bones, low-budget manifestation approaches.

Besides, it uses black-and-white scenes to depict the horrible and traumatized memories, while employing the colorful images to convey the warm memoir of family and friendship, evoking viewers’ deep resonance with the protagonist.

Other received awards

Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s “Flee” has also been the winner of 2021 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary section, surprisingly garnering remarkable accolades in Sundance Film Festival 2021, a prestigious festival focusing on original creations but traditionally not keen on animation.

In addition, “Flee” was the film of the Official Selection at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.

Flee black-and-white scene

To know more details about Annecy’s awards, please check here.

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