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LA's 'Animation Is Film' Festival Features 'The Breadwinner', 'Lu Over The Wall' and More

Earlier this year came the surprise announcement of the first edition of a new animated film festival in Los Angeles. Animation Is Film is intended to bring an Annecy Style festival to the States and is a collaboration between Annecy International, GKIDS Films and Variety. The first details have now arrived.

The festival will take place October 20- 22, 2017 at TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. The festival will feature a selection of animated features from around the world and will feature both Juried and Audience awards. It will also feature filmmaker Q&As, special events and receptions.

The initial line-up of films screening in competition has been revealed (with more to be announced):

• The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (US premiere)
• Big Fish and Begonia ( North American premiere)
• Birdboy: The Forgotten Children 
• The Breadwinner (US premiere)
• Lu Over The Wall (North American premiere)
• Mary And The Witch's Flower (North American premiere)
• Tehran Taboo  (North American premiere)
• Zombillenium (North American premiere)

The initial line-up of Jury members has also been announced with more to follow:

•  Peter Debruge (Chief Film Critic, Variety, Jury Chair)
•  Allison Abbate ( EVP Theatrical Animation, Warner Brothers Pictures,)
•  Bonnie Arnold ( DreamWorks Animation, Producer -Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon)
•  Jorge R. Gutiérrez (Director Book of Life)
•  Charles Solomon (Film Critic and Historian)
•  Mable Tam (Head film buyer, Landmark Cinemas)

The full line-up will be revealed and tickets will be available from September 20 via the Festival Website.