The UK's Aardman Animation, Denmark's A.Film and Italian distributor Cecchi Gori are among the winners of the first 'Cartoon Movie Tributes' presented at this year's Cartoon Movie co-production market.

While Aardman was honoured for the 'Best International Enterprise Strategy' in the making of Chicken Run, A.Film, producer of Help, I'm A Fish, was named the 'Company with the Strongest European Focus', and Cecchi Gori recognised for the 'Strongest involvement in an Animation Feature Film' for its financing and distribution of La Gabianella E Il Gatto.

The film Kirikou received the 'Best Collaboration: Director/Producer/Distributor' for director Michel Ocelot, producer D. Brunner and the French distributor Gebeka, and Germany's MFA was named 'Best European Animation Distributor' for its work on such films as Kirikou and Petterson Und Findus.