Chico and Rita has nominated for the Best Animated Film Award at the 84th Academy Awards.
CinemaNX co-financed Chico & Rita and distributed the film in the UK in November 2010 to outstanding critical acclaim.
The nomination marks the culmination of the film’s award success, following a number of accolades including the Best Animated Film at the 2011 European Film Awards and a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 2011 Annie Awards (ASIFA – Hollywood).
Chico & Rita is directed by Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (La Belle Epoque) and world famous designer Javier Mariscal, alongside Tono Errando.
Steve Christian, Chairman of CinemaNX said: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled that this labour of love has been recognised and congratulate the directors Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando as well as the producers Martin Pope and Michael Rose.’
Economic Devlopment Minister John Shimmin MHK said: ‘This project has been a labour of love for Isle of Man Film and CinemaNX for some considerable time. Over a period of 16 months, 10 young Manx artists were fully trained in the art of colouring the feature so the Isle of Man contribution to the overall project is considerable.‘It has certainly enhanced the Island’s position in the overall global film industry.”
The film opens in the U.S. in February, in New YOrk. Hopefully it will go national soon afterwards.
The Oscars ceremony is on February 26.