Nora Twomey’s, The Breadwinner, Wins Best Independent Animated Feature, at the Annie Awards

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Nora Twomey’s, The Breadwinner, Wins Best Independent Animated Feature, at the Annie Awards

Posted: 6th February 2018

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) congratulates the team behind Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner as the film won Best Independent Animated Feature at the 45th Annie Awards, marking the first time a solo female director has won in this category. 

The film, which is nominated for Best Animated Feature at next month’s Academy Awards® garnered an impressive ten Annie Award nominations, including Best Director, Best Music, Best Voice Acting, Best Storyboarding, Best Production Design, Best Editorial and Best Character Design.

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.

The Breadwinner is produced by Paul Young of Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon (Song of the SeaThe 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 Telefilm Canada, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, the Film Fund Luxembourg, Corus Entertainment, the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Belinda Stronach Foundation.