The Cannes comparison is actually pretty apt- much like that famous film festival, Annecy shows films both in and out of competition.In total eight features will compete for the top prize. Perhaps reflecting the wide scope of animated features being made today, none of the selected features are from the US. There are films from France, Spain, Columbia and others, while two are Japanese made. The line-up is as follows:
- Adama (France, Simon Rouby)
- April and The Twisted World (France/Canada/Belgium, Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares)
- Mune (France, Alexandre Heboyan, Benoît Phillipon)
- Pos eso (Spain, Sam Orti)
- Sabogal (Colombia, Juan José Lozano, Sergio Mejia Forero)
- Miss Hokusai (Japan, Keiichi Hara)
- The Case of Hana and Alice (Japan, Shunji Iwai)
- Long Way North (France/Denmark, Remi Chaye)
|Miss Hokusai from Production IG|
So, are the major Hollywood animation studios completely shut out then? Nope, as out of competition screenings are planned for Pixar's Inside Out, Illumination's Minions and Disney's Frozen Fever. There will also be exclusive preview events for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur and the first footage from Disney Feature Animation's Zootopia. Also screening are the new Ghost In The Shell movie and the classic The Thief and The Cobbler.
A series of open-air screenings will also take place including Shaun the Sheep, The Book Of Life and Sita Sings The Blues.
This year's festival aims to shine a light on women working in animation and will feature an all-female jury for the first time.
For full details and information on how to attend visit the festival's website.