Annecy Film Festival
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France. Initially occurring every two years, the festival became an annual event in 1998. It is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (or ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association). The festival is a competition between cartoon films of various techniques (animated drawings, cut-out papers, modeling clay, etc.) The competition is classified in various categories; feature Films, short films, films produced for television and advertising, student films and films made for the internet.
Annecy Feature Films
Lu Over the Wall
Kai is a boy who lives in a lonely fishing village. One day, he meets and befriends Lu, a mermaid who likes singing and dancing. But the townspeople have always thought that mermaids bring disaster. Something happens that puts a huge rift between Lu and the villagers, endangering the town.
Award: Crystal for a feature film (2017)
Directed: Masaaki Yuasa
In This Corner of the World
Young Suzu leaves Hiroshima in 1944 to get married and live with her husband’s family in Kure, a military port town. The war makes their living conditions more and more difficult, but despite this fact, the young woman cultivates joy and a zest for life. But in 1945, the bombings put her courage to the test.
Award: Jury Award (2017)
Directed: Sunao Katabuchi
The world’s first fully painted feature film brings the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is hand-painted by 115 professional oil-painters who traveled from all across Europe to the Loving Vincent studios to take part in this unique production.
Annecy Short Films
A musical with apocalyptic undertones, divided into four episodes which take place in a supermarket, an extended-stay hotel, a call center and a hamburger restaurant.
Award: Crystal for a short film (2017)
Directed: Niki Lindroth Von Bahr
Wicked Girl (Kötü Kiz)
S. is an 8-year-old Turkish girl with a very vivid imagination. She loves nature and animals. From her hospital bed, she looks back on happy times spent in her grandparents’ village, but some dark and terrifying memories also emerge.
Award: Jury Award (2017)
Directed: Ayce Kartal
Country: France and Turkey
Grandpa Walrus ( Pépé le morse)
On a windy and cloudy beach, granny is praying, mum is shouting, the sisters don’t care and Lucas is alone. Grandpa was a weird guy, and now he’s dead.
Award: Audience Award (2017)
Directed: Lucrece Andreae