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Annecy Reveals Feature Line-Up and Screening Events For 2022 Festival

After two years of virtual editions, Annecy International Animation Festival is back in person for 2022. The next edition of what is arguably the leading event of its kind is now mere weeks away.  We've already covered this year's selection of shorts, TV and commissioned films- and now the feature film and VR selections have also been revealed, along with special screening events.

This year's feature selection includes a couple of long-awaited titles in the form of Unicorn Wars, Alberto Vazquez's follow-up to Birdboy And The Forgotten Children and Signe Bauman's My Love Affair With Marriage.  Also returning to the festival this year is acclaimed Romanian animator Anca Damian (Marona's Fantastic Tale), whose latest feature The Island is also selected.

The festival will open with a special screening of Minions: The Rise Of Gru, which is screening out of competition. Lucky attendees will also get the chance to get work-in-progress presentations of major films including Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, My Father's Dragon, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, Gremlins: Secret Of The Mogwai and the upcoming Disney film Strange World.

Festival-goers will also be among the first to see Pixar's Lightyear and Netflix's Sea Beast, both of which are screening out of competition. From the independent and international side of things, there is also a chance to catch Hong Kong filmmaker Yonfan Yonfan's 10 Cherry Lane, sequel Ernest and Celestine, A Trip To Gibbertia and anime Sing A Bit Of Harmony. Open-air screenings are also returning this year, so there will be the chance to watch Sing 2, Max and Co and Azur & Asmar: The Prince’s Quest in a beautiful location surrounded by other animation lovers.

In addition, there will be the usual array of panels and presentations, which will include 'Recruiter Sessions' held by Illumination, Cartoon Saloon and Fortiche Productions, as well as special preview presentations held by Disney and Netflix Animation.

This year's festival will take place from June 13-18. For the full selection and more information see here.

Feature Films In Competition

Directed By: Eric Warin, Tahir Rana
Country: Belgium, Canada, France

Goodbye, Donglees!
Directed By: Atsuko Ishizuka
Country: Japan

Interdit Aux Chiens Et Aux Italiens
(No Dogs or Italians Allowed)
Directed By: Alain Ughetto
Country: France, Italy

Le Petit Nicolas - Qu'est-Ce Qu'on Attend Pour Être Heureux ?
(Little Nicolas- Happy As Can Be)
Directed By: Amandine Fredon, Benjamin Massoubre
Country: France, Luxembourg

Misaki No Mayoiga
(The House Of The Lost On The Cape)
Directed By: Shinya Kawatsura
Country: Japan

My Love Affair With Marriage
Directed By: Signe Baumane
Country: USA, Latvia, Luxembourg

Directed By: José Miguel Ribeiro
Country: Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, France

Saules Aveugles, Femme Endormie
(Blind Willows, Sleeping Woman,)
Directed By: Pierre Foldes
Country: France, Luxembourg, Canada, Netherlands

The Island
Directed By: Anca Damian
Country: Romania, France, Belgium

Unicorn Wars
Directed By: Alberto Vazquez
Country: Spain, France

Contrechamps Features In Competition

Aurora's Sunrise
Directed By: Inna Sahakyan
Country: Armenia, Germany, Lithuania

Home Is Somewhere Else
Directed By: Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos
Country: USA Mexico

Ikuta No Kita
Directed By: Koji Yamamura
Country: Japan, France

Khamsa - The Well Of Oblivion
Directed By: Khaled Chiheb
Country: Algeria

La Otra Forma
Directed By: Diego Guzman
Country: Colombia

My Grandfather's Demons
Directed By: Nuno Beato
Country: Portugal, Spain, France

Quantum Cowboys
Directed By: Geoff Marslett
Country: USA

Silver Bird And Rainbow Fish
Directed By: Lei Lei
Country: USA, Netherlands

Directed By: Jun-Pyo Hong
Country: South Korea

Yaya E Lennie - The Walking Liberty
Directed By: Alessandro Rak
Country: Italy