Here's a sneak peek at what is in competition for the Annecy International Animated Film Festival coming up in June!
Agouro is a short film from Portugal and France about the growing relationship of two cousins beucase of the harsh winter they endure. It is directed by David Doutel and Vasco SÁ and has the running time of 15 minutes.
Check out the teaser here!
2. Heart of Darkness
Directed by Rogério Nunes, Heart of Darkness is an animation feature adapted from the book by Joseph Conrad from 1899, also called "Heart of Darkness". The idea for the animation came about after Rogério Nunes was asked to illustrate the Brazilian edition of the book. Find out more about how this animation became a collaboration between Brazil and France in this interview with the director.
The teaser is also available to watch here!
Pachamama by producers Didier Brunner and Damien Brunner in France. It is set in the Incan Empire in the 16th century, now known as Peru. A 10-year old boy sets a goal to become a shaman.
Check out the teaser here!
Flee is produced by Benoit Luce from Lux Populi Production in France and Quinshu Zuo in China. The story is about Amin, an 11 year old boy, being on the run from Afghanistan for 5 years. He finally reaches Denmark in 1997 and continues to look for peace and find a place and setting he can call home.
Check out the teaser for this animated feature here!
With the running time of 6 minutes, this short is directed by Luis USÓN and Andrés Aguilar, a collaboration between Ecuador, Spain, and Peru. Afterwork delves into the psyche of the working-class, into the cyclical lifestyles that are caused by routine schedules, work, and so on.
Catch the teaser of Grompy's hunt for the meaning of life here!
There are so many more work-in-progress animations in the 2018 Cannes Annecy, check them out here! Keep on the lookout for the festival, which is coming up June 11-16, 2018.
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It's only the 1st month in 2018 and there's already so much going on in the animation industry! Here is a few things that have come and yet to come in the month of January! Stay tuned for a round-up for every month this year!
1. Animation at the Golden Globes!
So many great animated features were nominated for "Best Animated Feature Film" at the Golden Globes.
- Boss Baby, which was released on March 31, 2017 by 20th Century Fox and produced by DreamWorks Animation.
- Breadwinner, which was released on November 17, 2017 by GKIDS, Elevation Pictures and Studio Canal. It was also produced by numerous production companies, including: Cartoon Saloon, Aircraft Pictures, Guru Studios, Jolie Pas, Irish Film Board, Melusine Productions and Telefilm Canada.
- Ferdinand, which was released on December 10, 2017 by 20th Century Fox and produced by Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation and Davis Entertainment.
- Loving Vincent, which was released on October 13, 2017 in the United States by Altitude Film Distribution and Next Film. It was produced by BreakThru Productions and Trademark Films.
And the one that took home the Golden Globe, Coco, which was released on November 22, 2017 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios!
2. Animated Features in January!
Paddington 2 was released on January 12, 2018 by Studio Canal and produced by Heyday Films, Studio Canal, Canal+ and Ciné+! The journey of a whimsical teddy bear who goes through a series of jobs to save up money for a pop-up book he falls in love with. When the book is stolen, he embarks on a different search, Paddington sets forth to unmask the thief!
Check out the trailer here!
3. Animated Series in January!
On Netflix there's a few TV Animated Kids' Shows, including: Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, Llama Llama, and The Adventures of Puss in Boots Season 6.
As you know, Animated Series are not just for children, Netflix also has a few other animated series released, including: Devilman Crybaby, which started January 5, 2018, an adaptation of the comic Devilman by Go Nagai. There is also a long list of other Anime being released on Crunchyroll that you can find here!
4. New Animation Competition
Launched by Studio Art&Graft, "7 Second Sins" is a competition where all animations must be 7 seconds long and must reinterpret the assigned sin for the month. The first deadline being January 27, 2018 and on "Pride" with purple as the color palette.
If you're interested in joining in on the competition, check out the rules and deadlines here!
5. Animation Programs for Students
There is also a lot going on for animation students all over the world. New programs, improved programs, and tuition free animation programs!
The Sunrise Animation Studio in Japan has a free animation training program that you can find out more about here! Paris, France also provides a similar opportunity with TeamTO at the animation school La Poudrière in Bourg-lès-Valence, which is right next to their studio!
Plus a whole long list of more of these new and improved programs here!
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