Founded by producer Hugh Welchman, BreakThru Films is a London- and Warsaw-based prize-winning film and animation production company, handling its own international sales and domestic distribution.
BreakThru established its reputation with its slate of prize-winning shorts which have collected over twenty international awards & nominations, including two BAFTA nominations, an official selection at Cannes, the Annecy Cristal and Annecy Audience awards, Canal+ Prize, TCM prize, the Rose D’ Or as well as an Oscar for Best Short Animation Film for Peter & The Wolf.
In addition to our productions, we were the Visual Effects Producers on the Edith Piaf biopic, “La Vie En Rose”, winner of the Golden Globe, four Baftas and two Academy Awards. We are also the Associate Producers and UK distributors of “Free Jimmy”, starring Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Simon Pegg, David Tenant and Jim Broadbent, which was the closing film for Critic’s Fortnight, at the Cannes Film Festival, and won the Annecy Cristal for Best Animated Feature Film.
In the fall of 2007, we brought one of Britain’s best loved cartoon characters, “Alex”, to the theatre, innovatively combining animation with a stellar performance from Robert Bathurst. Appearing in London’s West End, the production has been both a financial and critical success (“Blissfully Funny” Sunday Times; “technically ingenious and irresistibly funny” Daily Telegraph; “Flawless comedy” Time Out). BreakThru are currently working with the “Alex” creators to bring it to cinema screens, and are in post-production on a feature “The Last Thakur”, a Spaghetti Western set in Bangladesh. We’re also at present in post production on “The Lost Town of Switez”, another big screen animation based on a classic, to be accompanied by live orchestras.