American Producer Bonnie Arnold Honored with Golden Ticket at Annecy 2024

American Producer Bonnie Arnold Honored with Golden Ticket at Annecy 2024. Photo: Annecy Festival
American Producer Bonnie Arnold Honored with Golden Ticket at Annecy 2024. Photo: Annecy Festival

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At the Annecy Festival 2024 in France, acclaimed American producer Bonnie Arnold was awarded a Golden Ticket, granting her lifetime accreditation. Arnold, known for her work on "Toy Story" and the "How to Train Your Dragon" trilogy, received the award at an official reception. Recognized for her contributions to animation and film production, Arnold follows Christopher Meledandri, last year's recipient of the prestigious award.

At the prestigious Annecy Festival 2024 in France, acclaimed American producer Bonnie Arnold was awarded the Golden Ticket, a lifetime accreditation to the festival. This accolade, given during the official Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member reception, recognizes Arnold's significant contributions to the field of animation and film production.

Bonnie Arnold is a two-time Academy Award®-nominated producer known for her skilled storytelling and innovative production techniques. Her impressive portfolio includes history-making animation features like Disney’s "Toy Story" and Sony Pictures Classics' "The Last Station." Currently, she is producing an original Peanuts feature film directed by Steve Martino for WildBrain Studios and Peanuts Worldwide, set to be released by Apple+. Additionally, she serves as Executive Producer on Netflix’s upcoming film "That Christmas," written by Richard Curtis and directed by Simon Otto, which was presented as a Work in Progress at the Annecy Festival.

Arnold’s most notable achievements include producing the "How to Train Your Dragon" trilogy, with all three films earning Academy Award® nominations. Her influence extends beyond production; Arnold was elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors in 2018 and has been serving as Vice President and Chair of the Membership Committee since 2023.

The Annecy Festival honored Arnold not only for her extensive body of work but also for her ongoing commitment to advancing animation as an art form. "Bonnie Arnold is a Festival ally, a constant companion in our ongoing evolution and a key partner in our success. Today, it is with immense pleasure that the Annecy Festival presents her with a Golden Ticket in acknowledgement of her long-standing support," stated Marcel Jean, the Festival's Artistic Director.

Mickaël Marin, CEO of CITIA, praised Arnold’s impact on the industry, saying, "Bonnie Arnold has been instrumental in changing the way feature films are produced, and it is this visionary mindset that we also wish to honour."

Bonnie Arnold joins the ranks of distinguished recipients such as Christopher Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination, who received the Golden Ticket last year. Her dedication and achievements continue to inspire and shape the world of animation and film production.