Animation film Arjun: the Warrior Prince has added yet another feather to its cap. The film has made it to the final eight for the prestigious Cristal Award in the Feature Film category at the 37th Annecy International Animation Festival, the world’s largest and oldest animation festival in the world. The festival will be held between June 10 and15 in the town of Annecy in France.
Shortlisted from over 80 movies, the film will compete with eight films for the award including Jasmine from France, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return from the United States and Khumba from South Africa among others. This is for the first time that an Indian animation film has made its way to the nominations at Annecy. “Just being nominated is victory enough, we all feel like we’ve already won!” says director Arnab Chaudhuri.
The film tells the story of Arjun from The Mahabharata, and focuses on his early life and training featuring chariot races, battle scenes and a memorable swayamvar where Arjun wins the hand of Draupadi in an archery contest, one of the most captivating scenes from the film.
“We’re thrilled by the honour, this is testament to the hard work and incredible skill displayed by a very dedicated team over the number of years that this film was in production,” says an elated Chaudhuri.
The ride for The Warrior Prince: Arjun, however, wasn’t easy. The film was ready in 2010, but had to wait for two years before it was finally released in 2012. But the wait was worth it. Because when it did, the animatronics wowed not just the audiences but also the critics as well at film festivals around the world.