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10 Animated Features, 7 VR Project Selected to Compete at Annecy 2020

10 additional features also selected to screen in the Contrechamp program at upcoming online festival. 

Organizers of the 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival have announced the feature films and VR projects selected to screen in and out of official competition at this year’s first ever online edition. Running June 15-30, Annecy 2020 will bring together online many of the activities normally experienced during the event, including meetings, screenings, presentations, and business development opportunities.

Of the 76 feature films submitted, 20 films have been chosen in two competitive sections. This year, in addition to films from countries normally represented in the competition, the selections include films from Chile, Mauritius, and Egypt. For the VR program, 80 works were received from 29 countries.

Information about all official selections can be found here.

The complete list of features in the Official competition is as follows:

  • The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks, Andrey Khrzhanovsky (Russia)
  • Kill It and Leave this Town, Mariusz Willczynski (Poland)
  • Little Vampire, Joann Sfar (France)         
  • Jungle Beat: The Movie, Brent Dawes (Mauritius)            
  • Lupin III The First, Takashi Yamazaki (Japan)        
  • 7 Days War, Yuta Murano (Japan)           
  • Ginger’s Tale, Konstantin Scherkin (Russia)         
  • Bigfoot Family, Ben Stassen, Jérémie Degruson (Belgium, France)            
  • Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary, Rémi Chayé (France, Denmark)
  • Nahuel and the Magic Book, German Acuña (Chile)        

The complete list of features in the Contrechamp competition is as follows:    

  • On Gaku: Our Sound!, Kenji Iwaisawa (Japan)    
  • The Old Man – The Movie, Mikk Mägi, Oskar Lehemaa (Estonia)
  • Lava, Ayar Blasco (Argentina)    
  • Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus, Dalibor Baric (Croatia) 
  • Beauty Water, Kyung-hun Cho (South Korea)     
  • My Favorite War, Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen (Latvia, Norway)         
  • The Shaman Sorceress, Jae-huun Ahn (South Korea)       
  • The Legend of Hei, Ping Zhang (China)   
  • True North, Eiji Han Shimizu (Japan, Indonesia)
  • The Knight and the Princess, Bashir El Deek, Ibrahim Mousa (Saudi Arabia, Egypt)

According to the organizers, “We would like to inform you that not all of the Feature Films in the Official competition and the Contrechamp category can be put online during the Annecy 2020. The financing conditions and session rights according to specific territories or markets prohibit certain films having unrestricted access. Therefore, in the event that certain films cannot be offered to all festivalgoers we have requested the producers provide a minimum 10-minute extract or to produce a short documentary presentation. The jury members will of course have access to the films in their entirety.”

The complete list of VR projects in the Official competition is as follows:

  • Ajax All Powerful, Ethan Shaftel (USA)
  • Battlescar – Punk Was Invented by Girls, Martin Allais, Nicolas Casavecchia (USA, France)
  • Great Hoax: The Moon Landing, John Hsu, Roberto Lococo (Taiwan, Argentina) 
  • Minimum Mass, Raqi Syed, Areito Echevarria (France, New Zealand)
  • Odyssey 1.4.9, François Vautier (France)          
  • Saturnism, Mihai Grecu (France, Romania)
  • The Orchid and the Bee, Frances Adair McKenzie (Canada)

In partnership with HTC Vive, and thanks to the support from creators and producers of the projects, some of this selection will be accessible on the Viveport platform.

Source: Annecy 2020

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