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ANNECY 2018

Dilili in Paris and Funan to be showcased at Annecy

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- The films by Michel Ocelot and Denis Do shine bright among the 230 titles on the menu at the 42nd edition of the great global animation rendezvous

Dilili in Paris and Funan to be showcased at Annecy
Dilili in Paris by Michel Ocelot

This evening, Monday 11 June, the 42nd Annecy International Animated Film Festival will get under way with the world premiere (out of competition) of Dilili in Paris [+see also:
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 by French maestro Michel Ocelot (Azur et Asmar [+see also:
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, the Kirikou [+see also:
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trilogy, Tales of the Night [+see also:
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, etc). Unspooling until 16 June, the event in the Savoy city will bring together professionals from all around the globe (10,000 accredited guests are expected to attend) who work with a genre often branded as family entertainment. 

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At the heart of the selection, which comprises 230 movies hailing from 87 countries, are ten features that will be duking it out for the 2018 Crystal. Standing out among them is Funan [+see also:
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, the feature debut by France’s Denis Do. Written by the director together with Magali Pouzol, the story depicts the fight for survival of a young mother during the Khmer Rouge revolution, and her struggle to find her four-year-old son, who was snatched away from his loved ones by the regime. Produced by Sébastien Onomo for Les Films d’Ici and co-produced by Belgium’s Lunanime, Webspider Productions, ithinkasia and Bac Cinema (Luxembourg), the film is being sold overseas by Bac Films

Also locking horns will be the Oscar-nominated The Breadwinner [+see also:
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by Ireland’s Nora Twomey and Cinderella the Cat [+see also:
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 by Italy’s Alessandro RakIvan CapilelloMarino Guarnieri and Dario Sansone (popular at Venice, in the Orizzonti section). They will be going head to head with the Colombian film Virus Tropical by Santiago Caicedo, Chile’s La casa lobo by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña, Canada’s Wall by Cam Christiansen, the USA’s Seder-Masochism by Nina Paley, and Japan’s Mirai by Mamoru Hosada and Okko’s Inn by Kitaro Kosaka.

Among the 15 features showing out of competition are Chris the Swiss [+see also:
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 by Switzerland’s Anja Kofmel (the star attraction of the recent Cannes Critics’ Week), The Tower [+see also:
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 by Norway’s Mats GrorudMarnie’s World by Germany’s Christoph and Wolfgang LauensteinA Man is Dead by France’s Olivier CossuChuck Steel: Night of the Trampires by the UK’s Myke Mort and Captain Morten and the Spider Queen [+see also:
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 by Estonia’s Kaspar Jancis (produced by Belgium, Estonia, Ireland and the UK).

Also of note are the “event screening” of Insect [+see also:
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 by the Czech Republic’s Jan Švankmajer, a huge programme dedicated to Brazil (the country of honour at this edition of the festival) and the customary strong presence of US studios, with a world-premiere screening of the unfinished version of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, the awarding of an Honorary Crystal to Brad Bird (Incredibles 2), and a film lesson by Duke Johnson and Dino Stamatopoulos (Starburns Industries), among other highlights.

That’s not to mention the Keynote Speeches, the Making Of (with Carlos Saldanha at the helm), the conferences (in particular, "Independent European Animation: How to Stand Out in the International Market?" and "Digital Platforms: A New Eldorado for Adult Animation?"), the Studio Focuses (Pixar, Warner, Netflix, Paramount, Google Spotlight Stories, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Pearl Studio) and the Work in Progress sessions, including The Swallows of Kabul by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-MévellecThe Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily by Italy’s Lorenzo MattotiBuñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles by Salvador Simó (produced by Spain’s Sygnatia together with the Netherlands’ Submarine), La Traversée by Florence Miailhe (a joint production between France, the Czech Republic and Germany) and Playmobil: The Movie by Lino DiSalvo (staged by On Animation Studios). 

From 12-15 June, nigh-on 3,000 professionals will gather at the MIFA (International Animated Film Market), the 28th edition of which includes several new additions, such as market screenings (open to producers, distributors and sales agents), a Shoot the Book Anim (with ten books selected that have been judged viable for an animated film adaptation) and a Meet the Composers programme. Among the main events on the schedule are the Pitches (37 projects, including the French-Italian title Chicken for Linda! by Chiara Malta and Sébastien LaudenbachGolem by Italy’s Lorenzo Ceccotti, and the Canadian-French co-production The Panda Project by Clément Langlais), the Territory Focuses, the Mifa Campus (sponsored by Richard Williams), and the press conferences organised by studios and TV channels, in addition to myriad workshops, round-tables and panels. All of this makes for an increasingly successful market that has also become an unmissable crossroads for recruiting the young animation talents of tomorrow. Lastly, we should point out that a Mifa Animation Industry Award will be handed out to the Women in Animation (WIA) association.

(Translated from French)

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