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Animation First: America's Only French Animation Festival Returns February 11-21

Animation First is North America's only festival dedicated to French animation. The festival is organized by New York's FIAF (French Institute Alliance Francaise) and this year will celebrate its fifth year. This year's event will comprise of both an in-person component from Friday, February 11- Sunday, February 13 and an online program available nationwide from February 11- Monday, February 21. The 2022 event will include 51 premieres, work-in-progress sessions, the second Annual Student Competition, conversations with filmmakers and more.

The Guest of honor this year is Florence Miailhe who will open the festival with a screening of her debut feature The Crossing. In association with The Met Museum, the festival will highlight Disney's influence on French animation and will include a 30th Anniversary Screening of Beauty And The Beast.

A full festival pass will get you access to both the in-person and online events. An online-only pass is also available, and tickets are also available to individual events. Several events are also free to attend.

For full details or to buy a pass, visit the festival's website. The full program is below.


Feature Films

Archipelago,
An American Tale
The Bear's Famous Invasion of Sicily
Beauty And The Beast 30th Anniversary Screening
The Crossing Opening Night Screening
Little Vampire
My Neighbors’ Neighbors
My Sunny Maad
Princess Dragon
The Summit Of The Gods Closing Night Film
The Tower


Shorts and Series


The Best Of Annecy 2021 Opening Night Shorts
Best of Annecy 2021: Spotlight on Women Directors
Ex-Aequo!
Focus on Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo
Fontevraud Presents
Fresh Out of School — AndrĂ©e Chedid Collection
Liberated!
The Mysteries of Paris
Mum is Pouring Rain
Mussels & Fries
New French Shorts: Program 1
New French Shorts: Program 2
Pictanovo Presents
Spotlight on Florence Miailhe
US & French Student Short Film Competition
Wonderful Wacky Wolves

Free Talks and Panels


Conversation with Florence Miailhe Talk
The Influence of Disney in French Animation Panel
Women in Animation Panel


Works In Progress


Building Leonardo da Vinci’s Inventions
The Inventor
Lastman (Season 2)
Little Nicholas
No Dogs or Italians Allowed
Uncanny Stories

Augmented Reality


Augmented Reality Exhibition
Augmented Reality in Social Media & Metaverse Talk & workshop