Festival artistic director Marcel Jean and the team from the Films & Program Planning department reveal the short film selections for the 2014 Annecy International Animation Film Festival, with 176 films competing for the Cristal award.
Festival artistic director Marcel Jean and the team from the Films & Program Planning department have revealed the short film selections for the 2014 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Out of a whopping 2,293 submissions, 176 films will compete for the Cristal award.
The official selection is made up of 55 short films (including 12 in the Off-Limits section), 65 TV and commissioned films, and 56 graduation films in competition, along with 36 short films out of competition.
The competition has 43 short films from 20 countries. Great Britain is back with a bang, and is one of countries making up the leading trio, just in front of Japan and the USA. Over a third of the films have been directed or co-directed by women (16 out of 43, or 37 percent).
Annecy will be launching a new competition category this year with the Animation Off-Limits section, where 12 shorts will be in the running for a prize.
The TV competition however, is dominated by French and American productions, with work also coming from Brazil, Columbia, Pakistan and the Ukraine.
The selection committee has also chosen 56 graduation films, with a little over 40 percent of them created by women. British schools have particularly stood out this year, with 12 films in the competition, five of them coming from the Royal College of Arts.
Annecy runs this year from Monday, June 2, through Saturday, June 7. The official selection for feature films will be announced at the end of April, and the full program will be available at the beginning of May.
Source: Annecy International Animation Film Festival
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.