20 feature films in competition in Annecy
- The new animation opuses by Joann Sfar, Rémi Chayé, Mariusz Willczynski and the duo composed of Ben Stassen and Jérémie Degruson will headline the online event unspooling 15–30 June
Forced this year to reinvent itself online as a result of the ongoing health crisis (read our news), the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (running 15 - 30 June) - the biggest event of its kind - has unveiled a tantalising selection of 20 titles for its two feature film competitions, The Official and Contrechamp.
Out of the 76 original candidates, artistic director Marcel Jean has chosen ten titles which will battle it out for The Official’s 2020 Cristal. Shining bright among them is Little Vampire by France’s Joann Sfar, who already triumphed in Annecy in 2011 with The Rabbi’s Cat [+see also:
film profile]. The filmmaker’s new opus was produced by Aton Soumache on behalf of The Magical Society (a company born out of Mediawan firm ON Kids & Family’s acquisition of a majority stake in Nice Pictures last year, the latter being the company of Joann Sfar which controlled Autochenille, the initiator of the project) and co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, Story, Belgian firm Panache Productions and StudioCanal, who are steering international sales and will distribute the film in France on 21 October.
Another prominent French filmmaker will also be included in The Official: Rémi Chayé, with Calamity: A Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary. Presented with the Audience Award in Annecy 2015 for Long Way North [+see also:
film profile], the director’s new film was produced by the Parisian firm Maybe Movies and co-produced by Denmark’s Nørlum. It’s release in France, courtesy of Gebeka Films, is slated for 14 October, with international sales in the hands of Indie Sales.
Likewise in the running for the 2020 Cristal is Kill It and Leave this Town [+see also:
interview: Mariusz Wilczyński
film profile] by Polish director Mariusz Willczynski, a film unveiled in the Berlinale’s Encounters line-up, and Bigfoot Family, the new opus by Belgians Ben Stassen and Jérémie Degruson, following on from Bigfoot Junior [+see also:
interview: Ben Stassen
film profile] and The House of Magic [+see also:
film profile] (the former also boasting works such as Fly Me to the Moon [+see also:
film profile] and Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage [+see also:
film profile] in his back-catalogue). Produced by nWave Pictures, the feature film is sold by Charades.
Rounding off the Official Competition are two feature films from Japan, one from Russia, one from Chile, one from Mauritius and one hailing from Egypt.
In terms of the Contrechamp Competition, three feature films stand tall among the ten selected participants: Old Man - The Movie [+see also:
film profile] by the Estonian duo Mikk Mägi and Oskar Lehemaa, My Favorite War [+see also:
film profile] by Latvia’s Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen (a film co-produced by Norway) and Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus [+see also:
film profile] by Croatia’s Dalibor Baric.
For the record, not all the feature films competing in this year’s very special edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival will be available online without restriction, dependent as this is on the rights negotiated for different territories.
In addition to the busy schedule above, the festival will also be organising a competition consisting of seven VR works, while the 2020 Official Selection further includes 79 shorts, 44 graduate films, 21 TV films and 35 commissioned films. And that’s without forgetting the unmissable professional crossroads that is the International Animated Film Market - Mifa which is set to unfold online (news).
The films selected within the Feature Films line-up are as follows:
The Official Competition
Little Vampire - Joann Sfar (France)
Calamity: A Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary - Rémi Chayé (France/Denmark)
Kill It and Leave this Town [+see also:
interview: Mariusz Wilczyński
film profile] - Mariusz Willczynski (Poland)
Bigfoot Family - Ben Stassen, Jérémie Degruson (Belgium/France)
The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks - Andrey Khrzhanovsky (Russia)
Ginger's Tale - Konstantin Scherkin (Russia)
Jungle Beat: The Movie - Brent Dawes (Mauritius)
Lupin III The First - Takashi Yamazaki (Japan)
7 Days War – Yuta Murano (Japan)
Nahuel and the Magic Book - German Acuña (Chile)
Old Man - The Movie [+see also:
film profile] - Mikk Mägi & Oskar Lehemaa (Estonia)
My Favorite War [+see also:
film profile] - Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen (Latvia/Norway)
Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus [+see also:
film profile] - Dalibor Baric (Croatia)
On Gaku: Our Sound! - Kenji Iwaisawa (Japan)
Lava - Ayar Blasco (Argentina)
Beauty Water - Kyung-hun Cho (South Korea)
The Shaman Sorceress - Jae-huun Ahn (South Korea)
The Legend of Hei - Ping Zhang (China)
True North - Eiji Han Shimizu (Japan/Indonesia)
The Knight and the Princess - Bashir El Deek & Ibrahim Mousa (Saudi Arabia/Egypt)
(Translated from French)
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