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Annecy 2021 Announces Juries and More Special Programs

Festival reveals new judges, along with more must see/do special activities, programs, previews, and professional conference sessions; activities run June 14-19 online and in-person.

With Annecy 2021 just around the corner, running June 14-19, festival organizers have revealed its juries, more special programs, must-see previews, and the 2021 professional conference line-ups.

The latest jury announcement is as follows:

Feature film jury:

  • Serge Bromberg, producer, Lobster Films - France
  • Rémi Chayé, director – France
  • Caroline Vie, journalist, 20 Minutes – France

Short film jury:

  • Florencia Di Concilio, music composer - France
  • Louise Garcia, author-director, Kourtrajmeuf collective – France
  • Éléa Gobbé-Mevellec, director - France

Jury - graduation films & off-limits short films

  • Mohamed Ghazala, vice-president ASIFA – Egypt
  • Adrien Merigeau, scriptwriter & director – France
  • Soetkin Verstegen, director - Belgium

See the all the jury members and their bios here

Special Programs:

Midnight Specials: "almost" late-night screenings:

  • America (distributed by Netflix) - a chainsaw-wheedling George Washington teams up with his best beer-buddy Sam Adams to bring down the English. A tongue-in-cheek satire on the American Revolution.
  • The Spine of Night by Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King - an epic fantasy that was screened at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) reminiscent of Ralph Bakshi’s work that redesigned adult animation film from the ‘70s.
  • Canvas by Ryan Guiterman - a horror drama where a journalist and FBI agent have trouble with a demon murderer.

WTF Program:

  • Led by festival programmer Sébastien Sperer, the off-the-wall contemptuous program is not for the faint-hearted!

Midnight Specials:

  • Catch them every evening, 8:30 pm, at the Pathé d’Annecy.

Annecy Classics: Timeless Films that Have Made their Mark on Animation’s History:

Claydream (presented at Sundance 2021) The documentary retraces Will Vinton’s career. Considered the father of Claymation, he revolutionized the world of animation in the 1980s and ‘90s. When Vinton picks up a ball of clay, he sees infinite possibilities.

Must See Previews:

  • Inu-Oh, the new film, presented last year as a WIP, by Masaaki Yuasa (Ride Your Wave, in competition at Annecy 2019, Lou Over the Wall, Cristal for a Feature Film in 2017)
  • Space Jam 2 by Malcolm D. Lee (Warner Studios).

2021 Professional Conferences:

10 online events are designed to inspire and stimulate ideas about contemporary and future animation issues.

  • Discover the perspectives and advice from speakers including Tomm Moore, Michael Dudok de Wit, and Sofia Alexander who will discuss the influences of Japanese animation on their creations.
  • Félicie Haymoz, Deborah Cook, Emron Grover and Neysa Bove will fuse the bridge between fashion and animation.

Check out the full slate of programs here.

Source: Annecy 2021