On June 15 it was revealed that Away had in fact triumphed in the Contrechamp category, which is dedicated to emerging new international talent.
?#PrixOfficiels ?— Annecy Festival (@annecyfestival) June 15, 2019
Félicitations aux lauréats des prix officiels d’#annecyfestival 2019 !
Congratulations to the #annecyfestival 2019 Official Prizes winners! pic.twitter.com/knDbEgthTY
Away is a story about a young boy stranded on his own, trying to survive in a mysterious land while pursued by a dark spirit, and was made entirely by Zilbalodis over more than three years. The young director had already attracted the attention of movie industry bible Variety thanks to his impressive feat, and the quality of his finished work is such that Netflix was reported to have acquired the rights at Annecy, too.
The production history of AWAY by Latvian animator Gints Zilbalodis, screened at @annecyfestival, is fascinating, but it’s what finally made it to the big screen that truly impresses - read our reviewhttps://t.co/hplLBgvq8s— Cineuropa (@Cineuropa) June 17, 2019