ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE - ISSUE 3.11 - February 1999
A Tribute to Jean-Luc Xiberras
compiled by Annick Teninge and Georges Lacroix
The architect of the highly regarded Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Jean-Luc Xiberras passed away on December 26, 1998. We wanted to pay tribute to him for his immense contribution to animation. Here an international selection of friends, colleagues and animators give their final thoughts on a man whose presence in animation will long linger.
Annick Teninge, Ron Diamond, Dan Sarto and Heather Kenyon.
Animation World Network
The following people have contributed their memories of Jean-Luc:
L'Equipe du Festival
Le Festival d'Annecy
Jean-Luc Xiberras' commitment to French Animation was superb, and without him French Animation would not occupy the place it deserves today among the finest in the world. The quality of his support and the strength of his ideas made him a unique creature. The posthumous homage that I offer him today in no way extenuates the admiration and friendship that I bore him in life.
President of the French Union of Animated Film Producers (SPFA)
I was so fond of you, Jean-Luc. We were practically neighbors. On the scale of the planet, Valence and Annecy are right next door to each other. You saw me grow up with Folimage studio at the same time that I saw you shrivel at the Annecy Festival. It was as if this ever-growing aspiration you had for the festival thrust, year after year, your head farther down between your shoulders. If you had hardly any neck left, it was because your brain was considerably closer to your heart, your thoughts and feelings having ended up almost joined.
Our profession has a lot to benefit from the services of a man with no neck. Does it realize?
Then the illness, the terrible agony just before dying, the therapies and finally your resurrection as a Buddhist monk last May.
That's the image of you I will keep, your head newly released, beaming, full of naiveté and hope.
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