This year’s themes, poster, news, partners’ trailer, GOBELINS credits, and the Honorary Cristal Award…
All of the information relating to the 2019 edition of the Festival, Meetings and Mifa can be found here! Stay connected!
Beast Animation had the great honor of producing the official partner’s trailer of the Annecy Festival 2019, and they will also be screening a premiere of the wacky world of the Fluffy Four.
"You will meet Michael, Agnes, Monique & Kevin, not your ordinary farm animals, on a mission to complete the "Voyagers Golden Records". Absurdity and friendship are the keywords to their journey. Besides that, the series is about real and invented science, teamwork and breaking down stereotypes. All characters have their own qualities, interests and problems to solve, and you will see them join forces to overcome obstacles and succeed their mission.
In the Annecy trailer, Kevin is experimenting with a sample from a newly discovered planet. But before they realise what’s happening, their entire spaceship is overgrown with pink bunnies that keep on multiplying. Luckily Monique's unique talent saves the spaceship… And the universe!"
You will discover their craziness on the big screen during the Annecy festival, and to help you stay patient till then, here’s a quick glimpse!
The story of Beast Animation begins 15 years ago, when Ben Tesseur & Steven De Beul decide to realize their student dream and create a stop-motion animation studio in Belgium. After working some years as a facility and execution studio for stop-motion productions, they decide to take the next step and start producing as well. The first co-production is the feature film A Town Called Panic by Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier, which was in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival and winner of several international prizes.
Since then, the concept of Beast Animation – a one-stop-shop for stop-motion animated content for different target groups – is unique in Belgium and well appreciated far beyond. The Beast catalogue includes the award-winning films Oh Willy… (Cartoon d’Or 2012) and This Magnificent Cake! (Grand prix Animafest Zagreb 2018 & Ottawa Animation Film Festival…) by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels, the series Dimitri, directed by Agnès Lecreux and also George & Paul, directed by Joost Van den Bosch and Erik Verkerk.
As a next step, Beast Animation is setting up a structural partnership with Lumière, in order to strengthen its focus on the creation of own original IP’s. One of those projects is the comedy series Fluffy Four, whose characters you are about to discover at Annecy!
After Guillermo del Toro and Richard Williams, we are honored to announce that Nora Twomey, from the animation studio Cartoon Saloon, will be the first female patron of the Mifa Campus!
Awarded at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2018 for her film The Breadwinner, the director Nora Twomey returns to Annecy this year as a jury member and patron of the Mifa Campus!
The Jury Award, Audience Award/Première, Best Original Music Award for a Feature Film, sponsored by the SACEM… 2018 was an exceptional year for the Irish director and her magnificent animation film, at Annecy and more (awarded the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature – Independent, and Oscar-nominated Best Animated Feature). A regular at the Festival, Nora Twomey saw her very first Short Film, From Darkness, selected in 2003, before returning in 2009 with The Secret of the Kells, co-directed by Tomm Moore, then in 2013 as Head of Story for the feature film Song of the Sea. An iconic figure in women’s animation, last year she also accepted to participate in the Women in Animation discussion, that grouped together three female Oscar-nominated directors.
Nora Twomey takes her role as patron very seriously and sends you a personal invitation to the Mifa Campus on 11th June!
At the heart of the Festival, Marcel Jean, Artistic Director, and the Films & Programme Planning team, Laurent Million, Yves Nougarède and Sébastien Sperer, are joined by Isabelle Vanini, Peggy Zejgman-Lecarme, Marie-Pauline Mollaret and Clémence Bragard, to establish the various selection committees. Their delicate mission is to view the numerous films submitted (3,092 in total this year) and extract around 200, which will then compete in the Official Selection in an attempt to win a top Cristal Award.
The committees are established by category:
See you at Annecy Festival 10th to 15th June to discover the films that they selected on the big screen!
Japanese animation was already honoured in 1999 at the Annecy Festival, and since then its exuberance has not waned, therefore it was important to showcase the country’s new cinematographic figures.
There will be eminent figures present (Yôichi Kotabe: guest of honour, Yoshiaki Nishimura and Koji Yamamura: jury members), a French premiere will be scheduled (Modest Heroes from Studio Ponoc), a legendary film will be screened (Venus War by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko); an exhibition, short films, a delegation and a Mifa stand, etc. will all be dedicated to this tribute.
"In 1999 the Annecy Festival honored Japanese animation, making this cinematography the first to receive such a distinction. At that time the great authors of Japanese animation were just emerging to the European audience and the craze for Anime was gaining popularity with young moviegoers.
20-years later Annecy is placing Japanese animation in the spotlight once again. This is because there is still so much to say about this cinematography where vitality has never waned, and despite the enormous audience it sustains there are still many hidden treasures: there are several works that have rarely been shown, entirely or in part, in the West, and we long to share these discoveries to a much wider audience.
With our gathered expertise and close affiliations with several prominent players in the Japanese animation industry, Annecy 2019 will provide an unprecedented view of this complex cinematography. One that has marked international contemporary cinema in more ways than one. So, we invite you to this remarkable rendezvous to discover a whole new side to Japanese animation!"
Marcel Jean, Artistic Director
"Japan will be participating in Annecy 2019, the world’s largest international animation film festival, and we are honored to see Japanese animation will be in tribute. Japanese animation has a long history with many masterpieces created by world-famous Japanese artists. For Annecy 2019, we would like to bring you some of our talented young creators building the next generation of animation, and hope that Japan can also contribute to furthering its global development. We will prepare special projects leading to the future of animation both in Japan and the world."
The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
The French illustrator, Charlotte Gastaut, from Marseille is the creator of the visual identity for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market 2019.
Her creative inspiration in a few words: "The idea was to harmonise the themes of this year’s Festival (Japan, cuisine), Annecy and animation, all within one image.
I worked on my design by adopting the Japanese printing codes: colour graduation, mist and space. I conjured up the sense of animation with the movement of the floating leaves, the time passing with day and night. Cuisine is brought to life through the acidulous colours and the rice grain print on her clothes. Annecy, with the lake, and the mountains reflected in the water. Just like that, the poster was born!"
After graduating from the ESAG graphic design school, Charlotte Gastaut worked for various newspapers, advertising agencies and trend agencies before illustrating books from 2001 (Les Trois Arbres de la vie, Le Grand Voyage de mademoiselle Prudence, Poucette and Peau d’Âne).
Currently, there is a range of diverse clients that benefit from her creative prowess including, Fendi, Diptyque, L’Occitane, Van Cleef & Arpels, Godiva and Hermès. She also launched her own brand of illustrated silk scarves, Charlotte Gastaut Collections. The beginning of a new chapter.
For more information about Charlotte Gastaut
Discover the poster