At the International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, the film "Loving Vincent," directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, won the prestigious Audience Award .

"Loving Vincent" is the first feature-length painter's animation film in the world. It took four years to make the film, in Wrocław, Gdańsk and Great Britain, with the participation of 115 painters. The film's directors are the painter Dorota Kobiela and producer Hugh Welchman, and the co-author of the script - the poet and writer Jacek Dehnel. The film was produced by the studio BreakThru Films and Trademark Films, founded in London by Hugh Welchman, the winner of the Academy Award in 2008 for the best short animated film "Peter & the Wolf." The film tells about the life and death of one of the greatest impressionist painters, Vincent van Gogh, and is made using the technique of oil paintings.  Each frame (12 per second) of the film is a separate painting on the canvas, painted in the technique used by the Dutch artist. You can watch the film's trailer here.

The festival in Annecy is one of the most important and one of the oldest festivals in Europe, dedicated to animated film. Every year, it attracts over 150 thousand of viewers, and it also turns into a meeting place of professionals connected to the animated film industry, coming from around the world. This year, eight Polish films were shown during the festival.

The full list of the award-winning films is here.