Annecy International Animated Film Festival Starting Soon and here is their Feature Film Selections
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which has already announced its shorts and TV competition lineup, has revealed its 2015 feature film selections.
Annecy received a record 73 feature film submissions—a testament to the thriving state of feature filmmaking internationally. Seventeen feature films were selected overall, eight of which will screen in competition and nine out of competition. The features, many of which are co-productions, originate from 14 different countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, and the United States.
Not to be outdone, they will have certain animators speaking in the convention:
Over the past few years, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival has evolved from being the world’s largest animation film festival into being both a film festival and a San Diego Comic-Con-style event with sneak peeks, exclusive previews, and panels devoted to Hollywood studio projects.
Annecy benefits by taking place in June, a month before Comic-Con, and Hollywood studios are increasingly showing off their A-list animation projects at the festival in southern France before previewing them to San Diego audiences. The enthusiastic crowds at Annecy, which are noticeably free of fanboys and comprised almost entirely of artists, students, and industry professionals, can make the experience of premiering a project there very special; last year the Disney short Feast received a foot-stomping ovation that rocked the entire theater.
- Keynote speeches by Hotel Transylvania director and Samurai Jackcreator Genndy Tartakovsky and Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri.
- World premiere of Ghost in the Shell: The Movie directed by Kazuchika Kise and Kazuya Nomura.
- A screening of the first 40 minutes of Dofus—Book 1: Julith, the debut feature from Ankama Studio, based on the company’s popular MMORPG.
- The Peanuts Movie work-in-progress session with director Steve Martino and art director Nash Dunnigan.
- Adventure Time making-of panel with Adam Muto, Masaaki Yuasa, Eunyoung Choi, Elizabeth Ito, Kelly Crews, Kirsten Lepore, and Jesse Moynihan.