New Thuristar project “Luce in the Lovely Land” selected at 2023 Cartoon Forum

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Exciting times ahead! Britt Raes’ first series LUCE IN THE LOVELY LAND, which is developed by Thuristar and La Cabane, has been selected to be presented at the 2023 Cartoon Forum!  The series, based on Britt’s short film LUCE AND THE ROCK, follows the adventures of 6 year-old Luce and her best friend, a giant rock creature, as they wander in the Lovely Land and make unexpected friends. The project is developed in partnership with VRT-Ketnet.

LUCE AND THE ROCK awarded at the ECFA Awards

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LUCE AND THE ROCK was chosen as the Best European Short Film for Children and Young Audiences at the ECFA Awards, during the 73rd edition of the Berlinale! A big thank you to the ECFA members and to our coproducer Tünde Vollenbroek for representing the film’s team for this occasion.

Luce and the Rock off to a great start for 2023

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2023 already promises to be a great year for LUCE AND THE ROCK! The film has recently been selected for 5 more festivals taking place in the coming weeks and months:

Indiejunior in January, Play Lisbon in February, Monstra Lisbon Animation Festival and Fargo Film Festival in March as well as Psaroloco International Children’s & Young People’s Film Festival in April have all invited the short film to take part in their official competition. Big contrats to Britt Raes and the whole team!

Luce and the Rock Festival Highlights

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Only a few months after the end of its production, and still at the very beginning of its festival journey, Luce and the Rock has already won 11 awards and been selected for 23 festivals.

The film won the Audience Award at the Go Short International Short Film Festival in the Netherlands, the Benshi Award for a Young Audience Film and the Best Music Award at the Festival National du Film d’animation in France, the Audience Award at Flatpack in UK, the ECFA Award at Mo&Friese in Germany and a special mention at Cinema in Sneakers in Poland. The festival selections highlights also include the Krakow Film Festival in Poland, the Sydney Film Festival in Australia and the Anibar Film Festival in Kosovo.


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Britt Raes’ new short film Luce and the Rock is selected for Annecy 2022 to compete in the Young Audience category. The prestigious festival will take place in Annecy, France, May 29 – June 5. 

Other selections came along to top the festivals joy, with Luce and the Rock being selected for JEF (Short Film competition, Belgium), RIGA International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS (Children’s program, Latvia), Brussels Short Film  (National competition, Belgium), Indielisboa (IndieJunior competition, Portugal), Vila Do Conde (Curthinas competition, Portugal) and La Guarimba (La Grotta dei Piccoli competition category, Italy).