Nick Park's Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death is one of the five finalists for this year's Cartoon d'Or prize. The winner will be announced at the Cartoon Forum 2009 festival, which is held in Norway in September.

Created in 1991 to support upcoming talent in European animation, this is the only pan-European prize specifically for animated films. Competition in this event is reserved for winners of awards from eleven animation festivals across Europe over the past year.

Selected from a total of 29 candidates, the five finalists come from the UK, France, Germany, Ireland and Sweden. They are Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death, Uzi and Lotta Geffenblad's Aston's Stones, Merwan Chabane's Party Animals, Bastien Dubois's Madagascar, carnet de voyage and David O'Reilly for Please Say Something.

The finalists will present their films to over 700 attendees at Cartoon Forum, which will be held in Rogaland, Norway from September 22-25. The winner -- which will be voted by a jury made up of the directors Serge
Elissalde, Tomm Moore and Kari Juusonen -- will be announced on September 24 will receive funding for his or her
next animation project.