Thuristar is in the running for the “Producer of the Year” Cartoon Tribute 2023 – a nice statement to the company’s ambitious choices, the quality and diversity of its projects, and its commitment to the animation industry. We’re honored to be listed alongside other great European producers: Blue Spirit Productions (France), GO-N Productions (France) and Gigglebug Entertainment (Germany).
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 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 keeps reaching new heights and is screened at two amazing festivals this week!
The short has been selected to feature in the educational programme of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, and is also nominated in the Young Audience category at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
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!
An amazing win for LUCE AND THE ROCK! The short film has received the Japan Foundation President’s Prize at the 2022 Japan Prize, which awards ‘an excellent work that encourages mutual understanding among nations and races or contributes to cultural exchange’!
Luce and the Rock has reached a new amazing milestone! Within only 9 months, the short film directed by Britt Raes has received a hundred festival selections, following the announcement of the official selection of the Leuven International Short Film Festival.
New festival selections for Luce and the Rock! The short-film has been selected for Cinécran-Rencontres du Cinéma Européen in France, Fest-New directors in Portugal, Salaam Film Festival in Denmark, Silbersalz-International Science & Media Festival in Germany, Kikeriki – Kinder Kurzfilm festival Tulln in Austria and Festival des Nouveaux Cinemas in France.
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.