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Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival’s 2021 Award for Best Animation goes to Joanna Quinn and Les Mills’ Affairs of the Art (Beryl Productions International/NFB).

PRESS RELEASE
06/02/2021

February 6, 2021 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Director Joanna Quinn and producer and screenwriter Les Mills’ new opus, Affairs of the Art, has just won the 2021 Award for Best Animation at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Co-produced by Beryl Productions International and the NFB, the film was presented as a world premiere among the 78 films in the international competition.

With Affairs of the Art, director Joanna Quinn and producer/screenwriter Les Mills continue the series of beloved, hilarious and award-winning animated UK films starring Beryl, a 59-year-old factory worker who’s obsessed with drawing and determined to become a hyper-futurist artiste. We also meet her grown son, Colin, a techno geek, her husband, Ifor, now Beryl’s model and muse, and her sister, Beverly, a fanatical narcissist living in LA. Affairs of the Art provides glimpses into Beryl’s, Beverly’s and Colin’s peculiar childhoods, and we see that obsession is in this family’s DNA.

Affairs of the Art by Joanna Quinn and Les Mills (16 min) – World Premiere
Co-produced by Beryl Productions International and the NFB
Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/affairs-of-the-art

  • The first co-production between Beryl Productions International and the NFB, Affairs of the Artfeatures Joanna Quinn’s refreshing signature hand-drawn animation with attitude and Les Mills’ raucously humorous scenarios.

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Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

French version here | Version française ici.

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