The Red Turtle, a theatrical animated film directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit and co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, took home the award for "Best Animated Feature-Independent" at the 44th annual Annie Awards ceremony, which was hosted on February 04, 2017, at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.
The Red Turtle overcame some stiff competition in order to win, including other Japanese productions such as Your Name. (directed by Makoto Shinkai) and Miss Hokusai (directed by Keiichi Hara), as well as the international animated films My Life as a Zucchini (directed by Claude Barras) and Long Way North (directed by Rémi Chayé).
The official English language website for The Red Turtle describes the film as follows: "Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, THE RED TURTLE recounts the milestones in the life of a human being."
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