Press 31 MAR 2014

Panic in America: Who will stop Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier?

The Christmas Log, by Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier won the 2014 New York Int'l Children's Film Festival Grand Prize Short.

New York, March 30th 2014

At its Awards ceremony, the New York Int'l Children's Film Festival bestowed its Grand Prize Short upon The Christmas Log, latest episode of the A town called Panic saga, by Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier. After Ernest and Celestine, nominated for Best animated feature film at the Oscars in early 2014, Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier won American hearts.
The news left Cowboy and Indian, the main characters of the film…speechless. As a matter of proof, see the videoclip they made for the festival ceremony!

Based on the public vote, this award is the first great one of The Christmas Log’s upcoming international carrier. Out of approximately 75 short films, among which the Oscarized M. Hublot, it was the highest rated by the audience of the New York Int'l Children's Film Festival. Meanwhile, Ernest and Celestine, co-realised with Benjamin Renner, is released in most American movie theatres since March 14th.

The 26 minutes short follows the new misadventures of Cowboy and Indian, the outrageous characters met in the feature-length movie A town called Panic. The friends become overexcited in anticipation of their Christmas gifts and have difficulty not being naughty.

The Christmas Log will compete in prestigious Annecy Animation Festival in June and will be released in France (Gébéka Distribution) and Belgium (O’Brother) in November, before its diffusion on Belgian television for Christmas.

The Christmas Log is a production of La Parti, supported by Le Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, as were Ernest and Celestine and A town called Panic series and feature film.

New York Int'l Children's Film Festival was founded in 1997 to promote intelligent, passionate, provocative cinematic works for ages 3-18 and to help define a more compelling film for kids. Since its launch, the event has grown to become the largest festival for children and teens in North America, with an audience of over 25,000 attending the most recent event.

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