First selection prepared by CITIA's Artistic Director, Marcel Jean. Find out more about his programme choices.
"It is not without emotion that I have made up the programme for the Annecy Festival for the first time. For me, the task has meant trying to give a clear and balanced image of contemporary animation as well as attempting to redefine it in times of turbulence when technologies are constantly developing and the frontier between genres is disappearing. Are we dealing with a technique or just a cinematic idea?
This question can be seen across the whole of the 2013 programme, from the different competition sections to the Animation Off-Limits cycle and the tribute to Polish production. It is a complex issue, bringing about thoughts throughout exciting ups-and-downs and detours punctuated by a lot of singular films. One of my aims is to make Annecy the active witness of the effervescence that is stirring up this multifaceted art.
The other is to bring out the event dimension of the Festival by increasing the occasions for meeting, reinforcing the hospitality for film directors, arousing the active participation of festivalgoers, celebrating the filmmakers and their works... and of course partying with them!
This year, we are taking up the challenge of presenting the Festival without the refuge of Bonlieu. In this way, Annecy 2013 is shaking up its habits by unveiling new spaces to make the event even more original. I am convinced the selected films will be a part of this new and surprising spirit, and convinced also that the new venues will renew the way we look at them.
Now, it's up to you to judge!"
The Creative Content team has been in charge of choosing the official selection for the past 2 years. After a first viewing of 330 hours, the team of Laurent Million, Sébastien Sperer and Yves Nougarède, presents a first pick of shorts and feature films to Artistic Director Marcel Jean. This pre-selection is then debated upon. Interview with the team
Last year, you talked about a programme that was rather sad. How would you describe this year's and what has particularly struck you?
There's not much brightness in the programme yet again. We received an impressive amount of high quality first films. French production was abundant, and as we can't present everything, some drastic choices had to be made.
The quality of graduation films, commissioned films and TV films (especially the TV specials which stood out in particular) was also very high.
However, the crop of feature films for 2013 was fairly classic and even commercial. We found equally tedious the extremely redundant use of techniques such as 2D/cut-out animation and rotoscoping.
What are your favourites of the year?
Marcel, King of Tervuren (USA)
Madamemoiselle Kiki and the Monpartnos, because it's a great quality first film and for its mix of techniques.
About the selection choices... We are taking a risk by presenting Zounk!, a completely off-the-wall, experimental film with a pop rock soundtrack. We already feel this choice might cause a bit of a stir, but we stand by our decision. In fact, the film could well be seen as the 2.0 version of Norman McLaren's Lines Horizontal and Lines Vertical.
A final word?
We are delighted by Marcel Jean's leadership representing a fresh start for the programming.
Today, a multiplicity of platforms and media enable (TV-) viewers to find their favourite heroes and characters on any screens they may have on hand. Does this plethora of platforms change the work of creators, scriptwriters and producers? If so, how?
From the very beginning, the story and characters must integrate a transmedia approach, which includes all forms of distribution for all types of platforms. This training session intends to meet these new challenges with solutions and provide the right tips for innovative writing for family-wide animation.
Take part in the election of the Audience Award by voting for your favourite short from Monday to Friday, at the 4:00 and 8:30 pm screenings, Décavision 1, and for your favourite feature at the 2:00 and 8:30 pm screenings, Décavision, salles 3 and 4.
Every evening, from Monday to Thursday, you can also vote for the 3 funniest films by attending the 8:30 pm screenings at Décavision, salle 2.
The films chosen by these votes will be screened on Friday evening at 8:30 pm, Décavision, salle 2, resulting in a final vote to elect the funniest film at Annecy 2013!
The Audience Award and the Funniest Film Prize will be announced Saturday during the award ceremony.
Check out Michael Wazowski (aka Mike) and James P. Sullivan (aka Sulley) when they were in their teens. Their first turbulent encounter could not predict the incredible friendship which was to later unite the pair! A press screening of the film will take place at 2 pm salle des haras.
As a prelude to this tale, you will be able to discover a sweet little love story in the short The Blue Umbrella, directed by Saschka Unseld and produced by Marc Greenberg.
Come along to the Pâquier at 10:15 pm to see or see again the Disney/Pixar favourite of 2001, Monsters Inc. Take a trip to the land of nice-guy monsters Mike and Sulley, and their friendship with young Boo.
What makes you laugh? A question that only you can answer and that only you can... vote!
Vote for the funniest film, every evening from Monday to Thursday, by attending the 8:30 pm screening, Décavision salle 2
Screening of the new short film from Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, Cochemare, presented as the opener for the Animation Off-Limits programme
From Starewitch to Trnka and Pojar, puppet animation has gained the distinction it deserves. However, the six films making up this programme are shaking up the traditional notion of puppet animation. While they indeed fall within the realm of puppetry, they are at the same time pushing back the boundaries of animation.
Picking up where the last adventure left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood’s genius is finally being recognised as he’s invited by his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Flint and his friends are sent on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world again!
Salle Pierre Lamy
One of the masters of Polish animation, Jerzy Kucia, will be given the special Cristal Award as a tribute to his work.
Every year, this special Cristal rewards a director, producer or historian... to recognise a career and work in the animation field.
Press screening of The Blue Umbrella and Monsters University, salle des haras
Vote for your favourite short
CMC1 : Décavision 1, 4:00 and 8:30 pm
Press conference "The Blue Umbrella" and "Monsters University" with the film crews 4:00 pm, Partners Club