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2023 Winner

Affairs of the Art

Beryl Productions, National Film Board of Canada


- Short Form Fiction Series

With Affairs of the Art, director Joanna Quinn and producer/screenwriter Les Mills continue the series of beloved, hilarious and award-winning animated UK films starring Beryl, a 59-year-old factory worker who’s obsessed with drawing and determined to become a hyper-futurist artiste. The first co-production between Beryl Productions International and the National Film Board of Canada, Affairs of the Art features Quinn’s signature hand-drawn animation with attitude and Mills’ raucously humorous scenarios, in an endearing romp through one family’s eccentric addictions. Affairs of the Art marks Joanna Quinn's second Oscar nomination following the 1996 animated short Famous Fred. The film has garnered 27 awards and been shown in over 40 festival around the world. Joanna Quinn’s distinctive style of hand-drawn animation is full of energy and vitality. Her well-observed characterization and fascination with the eccentricities of the human body are central elements of her work.