Annecy animation festival is definitely one of the hi-lights of the animation industry’s calendar. Sure, there are other animation festivals around the world (currently 248 according to animation-festivals.com), but none can boast a setting or a spirit that compares to Annecy.
Started in 1960s, Annecy showcases features, shorts, graduation films (including mine a few years back) and commercial films at several locations around the City, including the giant inflatable screen for an unforgettable, open air experience amongst the mountains.
We saw some fantastic films this year; our personal hi-lights including the feature Wrinkles, the operatic fish of Una Furtiva Lagrima, and the wonderfully doodley Notes on Biology.
There were also talks, pitches, conferences and networking to fill the time. We got to hear Jamie Badminton of Karrot Animation talk about their stunningly beautiful new preschool show Sarah and Duck (if you have young kids, be prepared for them to be obsessed with this show in a years time).
Listening to Family Guy’s Peter Shin (Supervising Director) talking about their Asset Management and animation pipeline was fascinating, as was seeing pitches for what could potentially make up large chunks of next years TV schedule.
In additional, but equally important news, we also came second in the pedalo race, drew the rounders and ate more pain au chocolate than can possibly be healthy. So a highly successful Annecy all round.
Oh, and I should probably mention the winner of the prestigious Annecy Crystal: Michaela Pavlatova’s Tram. It’s bloomin’ good!
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