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Annecy’s African Ties Put Continent’s Toon Biz in Spotlight

Building on successful collaborations across the continent in recent years, Annecy is doing its part to ensure African animators have a seat at the table of the booming global toon biz. Last year, Annecy’s Int’l. Animation Film Market (MIFA) partnered with the African Animation Network (AAN), an open-network platform for African animators and industry associations, and […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 14th, 2018

Discop Africa: Annecy Shows Support for African Toon Talent

JOHANNESBURG — With the final round of the first-ever pan-African animation pitching competition Friday night at Discop, the Annecy Int’l. Animation Film Festival and Market signaled its commitment to shoring up local partnerships to help develop the continent’s toon biz. The French fest has been onboard with African animation since 2011, when it partnered with […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 30th, 2017

Annecy: 10 Shorts Not to Miss at the Festival

ANNECY, France — We’re not saying these are the best shorts at Annecy this year. Nor the forerunners for prizes. Chosen principally from the shorts in the short film competition, and buzzed up titles hitting Annecy, they are, however, undeniable proof of the huge creativity of contemporary Annecy. If Annecy is about discovery, much is […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 11th, 2018

12 Takes on Annecy 2018

ANNECY, France —  France’s Annecy Festival, the world’s biggest animation meet, opens its doors June 11. Here are 12 takes on this year’s edition, and the state of the animation business: 1.ANNECY BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORDS, AGAIN This will be the largest Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival ever. One week out, accreditations for its Intl. Animation […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 11th, 2018

Europa Distribution Analyzes Toon Pic Biz at Annecy

MADRID – Homing in on one of the biggest challenges for indie toon production worldwide, Europa Distribution will organize a three-day workshop at next week’s Annecy Animation Festival to analyze the distribution of European animated features. An E.U......»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 13th, 2017

Annecy: Nimble Collective, Toon Boom Team to Bring Cloud-Based Animation Software Globally (EXCLUSIVE)

Nimble Collective, the startup co-founded by former DreamWorks Animation executive Rex Grignon, has entered a partnership with Canada-based software maker Toon Boom Animation to bring its digital solutions to Nimble’s cloud-based production platform. The agreement will allow studios, animation production teams and educational training facilities to acquire Toon Boom’s storyboard and animation software at lower […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 14th, 2018

Annecy: ‘Funan,’ ‘Bloeistraat 11,’ ‘Dam Keeper’ Triumph at Buoyant Festival

ANNECY, France — Denis Do’s semi-autobiographical story, set against the Khmer Rouge’s brutal reign-of-terror, took the top Cristal at the 2018 Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival. Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner,” a moral co-victor, swept three awards, including two key trophies: the Annecy Audience Award, the statue that really counts for distributors and sales agents, and […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 16th, 2018

Annecy: ‘Inzomnia,’ ‘Viking Tales,’ ‘Color Monsters’ Offered By Pixelatl At Annecy

ANNECY, France– One feature,”Inzomnia,” and four TV series will be presented at Mifa’s Territory Focus devoted to Mexico in a pitching session to take place on Wednesday at the Annecy Animation Festival. The event is organized by Mexican confab for animation Pixelatl. “Inzomnia” is Mexico’s first stop-motion animation feature and is directed by first-timer Luis […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 13th, 2018

Warner Bros.’ ‘Looney Tunes’ Gets Thunderous Reception at Annecy

ANNECY, France — The big new news from Warner Animation Group – a short-format revival of the Looney Tunes Cartoons​ franchise – went down, with o​ne​ short “The Curse of the Monkey Bird” screening​ to thunderous applause at a sneak peek Monday in Annecy. Part of an Annecy Fest Look Ahead by Warner Animation Group […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 11th, 2018

African Toons Take Off as Regional, Global Partnerships Blossom

Africa’s toon boom takes center stage in Johannesburg this week, as the continent’s animation biz gets a boost from organizers of the Discop TV market Oct. 25-27. A packed agenda will spotlight the bold strides being made by African animators to join the global conversation around kids’ content. “We’re slowly building momentum, and we’re slowly […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 23rd, 2017

Annecy: Italy and France Forge Closer Toon Ties

ROME — Italy is forging closer ties with France in the field of animation production, seeking to tap into the expertise of continental Europe’s leader in this sector and set up some co-productions. The Rome/Lazio film commission has signed a coll.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 16th, 2016

African Bizzers Look to Build More Regional Ties at Discop

JOHANNESBURG — On a continent where filmmakers labor with limited resources and almost no institutional support, the African Narrative Co-Production Forum is trying to help producers build that framework from the ground up. Launched last year, the forum is part of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, a strategic framework for the socioeconomic transformation of the […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 26th, 2017

Annecy: Triggerfish Set to Make a Splash With ‘Seal Team’

South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios has begun production on its third animated feature, “Seal Team,” which the toon powerhouse will announce as part of a packed slate at the Annecy Int’l. Animation Film Festival, where it has a TV film in competition and will screen a short, “Belly Flop,” during the fest’s closing ceremony. Blazing […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyMay 31st, 2018

Annecy: Triggerfish Set to Make a Splash With “Seal Team”

South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios has begun production on its third animated feature, “Seal Team,” which the toon powerhouse will announce as part of a packed slate at the Annecy Int’l. Animation Film Festival, where it has a TV film in competition and will screen a short, “Belly Flop,” during the fest’s closing ceremony. Blazing […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyMay 31st, 2018

Annecy-Showcased ‘Heart of Darkness’ Moves To Rio

Brazil’s Karmatique Imagens is set to produce a toon mini-series and feature that is freely inspired by Joseph Conrad’s legendary novel “Heart of Darkness.” Project made its market bow this week at Annecy’s Intl. Animation Film Market (M.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 2nd, 2017

Gkids Celebrates 10th Anniversary at Annecy

ANNECY, France —  If the animated art and family film distribution business remains as lively as the 10th anniversary celebration of Gkids, the emblematic U.S. distributor, held at the Annecy Festival, then it will be in very good health indeed. Not that the business’ prospects are negative at all. The Gkid 10th anni party proved […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 16th, 2018

Netflix, ‘Dragon 3,’ ‘Ralph,’ Great Female Animators: 10 Takeaways from Annecy

1.NETFLIX Netflix took Annecy. It held a presentation, its first ever at Annecy, an effective coming out to the world animation industry. You could here a pin drop as Melissa Cobb, the highly popular ex-DreamWorks Animation executive, now Netflix EVP, expounded on Netflix priorities on stage. The audience warmed to Chilean Fernanda Frick’s exposition of […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 16th, 2018

Disney’s Shares New ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Scenes at Annecy

ANNECY, France — In one of the week’s most highly-anticipated presentations, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” Disney presented five previously unseen clips from Disney’s upcoming blockbuster at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival. In the first installment of the series, released in 2012, Ralph starts our as the maligned baddie in the fictional […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 15th, 2018

Disney’s ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Shares New Scenes at Annecy

ANNECY, France — In one of the week’s most highly-anticipated presentations, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” Disney presented five previously unseen clips from Disney’s upcoming blockbuster at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival. In the first installment of the series, released in 2012, Ralph starts our as the maligned baddie in the fictional […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 15th, 2018

Annecy: Didier Brunner on ‘Pachamama,’ Being Inspired by Indigenous Art, the Andes

ANNECY, France —  20 years ago, this Dec. 19, with “Kirikou and the Sorceress,” director Michel Ocelot and producer Didier Brunner brought the flag down on the modern age of movie animation in Europe. Sold by SC Films, “Pachamama,” to be unveiled Thursday at an Annecy Festival Music and Animated Movies presentation, shows Brunner remaining […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 14th, 2018

Annecy: Quirino Awards Will Draft White Paper on Ibero-American Animation

ANNECY, France—The Quirino Awards will draft a white paper for Ibero-American animation, the event’s promoter José Luis Farias announced in Annecy. According to Farias, the idea is to update, consolidate and catalog vital statistics from the region’s animation industries, including information on ongoing animation projects. “There’s no exhaustive radiography of the Ibero-American animation industry so far. […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 14th, 2018