films submitted from 88 countries. 185 of them will be screened in competition during the Festival, including 12 shorts in the "Animation Off-Limits" category, and 45 others out of competition.
He will be showing highlights of the event through his illustrations. Sticking to the theme of animation, Boulet will also be posting surprise Vines!
Check out the captions and photo credits from the slideshwo on Flickr.
The Artistic Director of the Annecy Festival Marcel Jean presents this year's event, themes and innovations.
"For the second year in a row, here I am... at the helm of the Annecy Festival. The excitement remains the same with the anticipation of sharing the best of recent animation production with you, like leading you down a path of discovery with our various new developments and special programmes.
This year, stop-motion animation is in the spotlight to celebrate an ensemble of both playful and crafty techniques using materials which in themselves make you think about toys and, in consequence, about a certain perception of childhood that is often glorified or distorted by filmmakers.
By including two cine-concerts in the programme – one with Pierre Hébert and Andrea Martignoni, the other with Stéphan Oliva and Jean-Marc Foltz – we're seeking to enhance the festive side of our event by providing festivalgoers with unique and hopefully unforgettable experiences. Along these same lines, the meetings with Isao Takahata and Pete Docter promise some exhilarating moments and everlasting memories.
Other new additions, the vote for short and feature films in competition will be online and the special prize ceremony starting Friday night will allow us to better recognise the winners and reconfigure the closing ceremony.
We are good and ready for a week full of opportunities, revelations and surprises. Now it's your turn to taste everything on the savoury menu we've concocted for you."
New: vote for your favourite films online!
Voting is open from today at 9:00 am until 6:00 pm on Friday 13th June.
Make the most of the Festival and meet some animation celebs in person at the signing sessions (writers, illustrators, directors, etc.).
The unique opportunity to take home a personalised Festival souvenir.
Come and meet some big names that are coming to Annecy:
Browse through the whole Signing Sessions programme to look up when and where the VIPs will be signing!
The 2014 Festival is revolving around stop-motion.
Photographed puppets, clay, objects and figurines will come to life and animate the screen for the duration of a film!
One of the great families in animation, this technique is flourishing and doing better than ever despite the numerous technological developments in the industry.
Take a look at the events devoted to stop-motion:
An entire programme to discover and learn all there is to know about stop-motion animation!
Come and watch the screening of the latest film by Isao Takahata, in his presence!
Kaguya, a tiny "shining princess", is found in a bamboo stalk. She quickly turns into a beautiful young woman, who is coveted by the greatest princes ready to face impossible challenges to win her hand.
Please note, this screening is by invitation only.
The Mifa is opening its doors on Wednesday, and promises to provide an ever-growing international market.
We broke the record this year! Over 500 companies coming from more than 60 countries are expected at the Mifa.
We note in particular:
The Mifa is bringing you another year full of meetings and exchanges!
In parallel with the Mifa, The Media Faculty is organising a masterclass on writing for animation, today and tomorrow!
This class will be about writing animation films and series and will discuss how to go from one universe to the other.
The masterclass is made up of multiple sessions:
See the programme in detail
During this Making of session, Annecy invites you to explore in depth how animation films are created.
At 2:00 pm, come to the Making of Rio 2, presented by filmmaker Carlos Saldanha (director of Ice Age). He will take you inside how Rio 2 was made, introduce you to the characters and explain their creation and evolution.
Alongside Carlos Saldanha, you can wander around behind the scenes of Rio 2 and visit all the nooks and crannies!
Salle Pierre Lamy
This year, a wide range of themes will be offered at the conferences to meet the needs of professionals and teachers in the film industry.
Annecy has bulked up the conferences programme to provide you with precise insight on the animation market and its future. There will be three main categories:
Creation Conferences: discover the imperative preliminary steps in making a film or series.
Production Organisation Conferences: get the keys to success for a great production.
Business Conferences: understand more about funding, marketing and broadcasting and distributing strategies.
This year's Honorary Award will be given to Isao Takahata, master of Japanese animation and co-founder alongside Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli.
An exceptionally talented filmmaker, Isao Takahata is also a great humanist whose work has become an international reference.
The release of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, his latest film with a remarkably ambitious aesthetic, is the perfect opportunity for the Annecy Festival to celebrate his contribution to the art of animation by bestowing him with this year's Honorary Award.
For the first night of open-air screenings on the Pâquier, come and watch "Rio 2" again or for the first time.
You'll find Blu, the Amazonian blue mackaw, soaring to new, colourful adventures!
Director Carlos Saldanha will show up to introduce the film.
Each day, plenty of events will animate the Festival! Here is a taste of a few highlights that shouldn't be missed;
Feature film in competition, Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants, salle du haras
Feature film out of competition, Waves, Décavision 3
Special Programme The Big Sleep, Décavision 4
Making of Rio 2, with Carlos Saldanha, salle Pierre Lamy
Special Programme 14-18, Animate the Great War: The Horror of the Trenches, La Turbine
Signing session with Nicolas Keramidas, Author of Luuna, Boutique du Festival @ bdfugue
Feature film in competition, Cheatin', salle du haras
Signing session with Carlos Saldanha, Director of Rio 2, Boutique du Festival @ bdfugue
Feature film out of competition, Boonie Bears, Décavision 3
Screening of My Neighbors the Yamadas, salle Pierre Lamy
Opening Ceremony. Screening of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, with Isao Takahata, salle du haras
Open-air screening of Rio 2, with Carlos Saldanha, le Pâquier
Every day, the screenings of features in competition will be followed by a press conference with the film's crew.
These conferences will be moments of discovery and bonding and will be hosted by a film journalist. Priority access to press badgeholders.
On today's programme: