The Breadwinner Leads 2018 Annie Awards With Ten Nominations
Following its win at the LA Film Critics Association Awards last weekend, Nora Twomey’s debut animated feature, The Breadwinner, has landed ten Annie Award nominations. The film, which is executive-produced by Angelina Jolie, is nominated for Best Independent Animated Feature and Best Director among a host of other awards including:
Best Music — Animated Feature (Mychael and Jeff Danna)
Best Writing — Animated Feature (Anita Doron)
Best Voice Acting — Animated Feature (Saara Chaudry and Laara Saqiq, respectively)
Best Storyboarding — Animated Feature (Julien Regnard)
Best Production Design — Animated Feature (Ciaran Duffy, Julien Regnard, Daby Zainab Faidhi)
Best Editorial — Animated Feature (Darragh Byrne)
Best Character Design — Animated Feature (Reza Riahi, Louise Bagnall, Alice Dieudonné)
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.
Dublin-based animated company, Brown Bag Films, also scored three Annie Award nominations for The Stinky & Dirty Show, Octonauts and Peg + Cat, with all three titles nominated in the Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children 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 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.