“The return of the Annecy Festival to its pre-pandemic state is the reason behind awarding two Honorary Cristals, one each to two exceptional personalities who have marked the recent history of animation film, on both sides of the Atlantic,” stated the Festival’s inventive director Marcel Jean of the presentation of those uncommon honors.
Lee, who will probably be offered her Cristal on June 17, gained an Oscar for Disney’s Frozen and serves as chief artistic officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios.
“As the creative head of the near-century old Walt Disney Animation Studios, and writer and director of the Frozen films, Jennifer Lee is a model for all young women (and men) with aspirations of pursuing a career in animation film,” stated Jean. “Her accomplishments are exceptional in terms of scriptwriting, directing and creatively leading Disney Animation. We can confirm that there is a before and after Jennifer Lee in the way that women creators are perceived in our industry. Therefore, Annecy would like to highlight her remarkable contribution.”
Writer/director Ocelot whose credit vary from Kirikou to Dilili in Paris, will obtain the Honorary Cristal through the screening of his newest movie Le Pharaon, le Sauvage et la Princesse on June 14.
Said Jean, “By creating the character Kirikou in 1998, Michel Ocelot gave the impetus needed to launch the animation feature film industry in France. Today it’s an entire community of animation filmmakers, producers and artists who are indebted to him. By honoring him today, the Festival acknowledges the role he played in the actual development of Annecy.”