Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Annecy Reveals 2016 Feature Film Line-Up

This year's Annecy International Animation Festival is fast approaching. With this year's event now just weeks away, the organisers have now revealed this years line up of animated features- playing both in and out of competition. Competing films come from Europe, North America, South Korea and New Zealand. Even more countries are represented in the out of competition selection, with films coming from as far a field as The Philippines and China, and all forms of animation are represented.

The festival has previously announced its short film and TV line-up, and revealed a number of events, most recently announcing that footage from Disney's Moana will debut at the festival among the Official Selections. The film will screen alongside Finding Dory, Titmouse Animation's Nerdland and Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle among others.

The line up is as follows:


Official Selections

(More details on these screenings will be revealed later)

The Secret Life Of Pets
Belladonna of Sadness
Ice Age Collision Course
The Red Turtle
Finding Dory/Piper
Louise
Nerdland
Inner Workings/Moana




 

In Competition


25 Hours (New Zealand)
An animated recreation of the New Zealand experience at the infamous First World War defeat at Gallipoli, Turkey, using a "graphic novel" style. This sounds like it could be in the same vein as Ari Folman's  Waltz With Bashir.

Snowtime! (Canada)
CG family-orientated flick, centring on a bunch of kids building a snow fort.

La Jeune Fille sans mains (France)
Sébastien Laudenbach's 2D feature tells a traditional style story of a poor Miller who accidentally sells his daughter to the devil in exchange for gold.

My Life as A Courgette (France/ Switzerland)
Stop-motion tale of a boy with a slightly unconventional nickname (the Courgette of the title) finding his place in the world after his mother's death.


 

Nuts! (United States)
Adult 2D feature telling the "mostly true" story of the Doctor who in 1917 found an unusual cure for impotence.. transplanting goat testicles. Umm.. OK then.

Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children (Spain/France)
Very intriguing looking dark fantasy 2D animation, following  two teenagers who manage to survive  the ecological disaster that devastates their island home, and head off of a dangerous journey.


Seoul Station (South Korea)
Korean 2D-animated take on the Zombie horror genre.

Sheep and Wolves (Russia)
This Russian-made CG family feature takes the concept of a "wolf in sheep's clothing" and turns it into a twist on the body-swap comedy, where a hapless wolf find's himself in the body of a ram.

Window Horses (Canada)
Ann Marie Fleming's 2D feature follows a young Canadian poet with Chinese and Persian heritage, as she journeys to a poetry festival in Iran.


Out Of Competition

Bad Cat (Turkey)
Adult audience CG feature from Turkey based in a notoriously sleazy district of Istanbul.

Bilal (United Arab Emirates)
UAE's first animated feature, set a thousand years in the past. Bilal is a young boy abducted and taken far from home, but he finds the courage to stand up and make a difference.

Capture The Flag (Spain)
3D Family feature, with a space-faring theme.

Gamba (Japan)
Japanese CG feature about mice going to war. Based on a novel by Atsuo Saito.


Kai (South Korea)
Set in Central Asia, this 2D feature will follow a brother and sister on the run.

Manang Biring (Philippines)
The story of a feisty old lady facing death from Cancer who receives a letter from an estranged family member out of the blue.

Monkey King: Hero Is Back (China)
CG feature based on the ancient Chinese novel Journey to The West aka The Monkey King- the story that also loosely inspired Dragon Ball.

Pat & Mat (Czech Republic)
Exceedingly charming looking stop-motion feature following two best friends and neighbours.


Regular Show The Movie (United States)
Feature length outing for JG Quintel's Cartoon Network hit

Anthem Of The Heart, the (Japan)
Anime feature following a girl who mysteriously loses her voice.

Un rêve solaire (France)
"A voyage into the imaginary, relating the struggle between shadow and light" it says here. This appears to be an abstract, art-style film using a variety of techniques.

This year's festival will take place from June 13th-18th 2016. More information can be found at the official site.

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