Michel Ocelot is this year’s winner of Animafest Lifetime Achievement Award presented on Tuesday 9 June by Animafest. Michel was there to receive it :
“I remember well when Animafest decided to introduce the lifetime achievement award, I was then active in international associations and I followed with passion three or four festivals. I remember thinking: How dreadful! Such lack of empathy, calling an old man and telling him his life is over and here is a medal! But here I am, it is my turn, what do I feel? A great satisfaction. It is truly a great honour to be acknowledged by an international festival like Animafest. And it is truly a great pleasure to get it from Zagreb Festival which means a lot to me: here I experienced absolute happiness, winning my first award for my first personal film, The Three Inventors."Happiness goes on".