Cartoon Saloon sweep the board at European Animation Awards

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Cartoon Saloon sweep the board at European Animation Awards

Award-winning artists at the European Animation Awards in Lille celebrating four wins for The Breadwinner - pic courtesy of Twitter

Cartoon Saloon swept the boards at the European Animation Awards in Lille on Saturday night picking up four accolades for "The Breadwinner".

Director, Nora Twomey was presented with an Emile Award for Best Direction in a Feature Film and other members of the team at the Kilkenny-based studio won awards for Best Storyboard in a Feature Film, Best Background and Character Design in a Feature Film and Best Character Animation in a Feature Film for their Oscar-nominated film, "The Breadwinner".

Nora Twomey thanked the European Animation Academy and said it was a privilege to work with the artists involved.

"It was amazing being nominated in this category, especial with so many amazing political films. Nobody makes feature films like Europe. It’s an incredible honor to be part of this industry, part of this artform. If there are young female directors out there in the crowd tonight, I would say, don’t listen to that huge voice in your head that tells you ‘You can’t do it!’ because you absolutely can," Ms Twomey said after accepting the award for Best Direction.

The Breadwinner is an animated feature film that tells the story of Parvana, a 12-year-old girl who gives up everything to provide for her family and reunite with her father.

Based on Deborah Eilis's novel, the film spans the autumn of 2001 in Kabul, Afghanistan just as the Taliban regime began to fall. The book has been published in more than 40 editions and translated into many languages.