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Annecy 2021 Announces Work in Progress Selections

16 WIP projects will be featured at the upcoming hybrid festival edition, with all selections accessible on the festival’s online platform; feature selections include ‘The Siren’ by Sepideh Farsi, ‘Unicorn Wars’ by Alberto Vázquez Rico, and ‘Princess Dragon’ by Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis.

The Work in Progress (WIP) program at the 2021 Annecy Festival has been officially announced. The annual WIP program continues to support emerging talents in animation, enabling thousands of enthusiasts over the years to discover the processes and challenges in the creation of unique animation works, guided by their writers, directors, chief animators, and producers.

Since the program’s creation in 2007, nearly 150 works have been presented, including such well know films as My Life As a Courgette; The Red Turtle; How to Train Your Dragon 2; Ernest & Celestine; The Boy and the Beast; Lastman; Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal; and Mum Is Pouring Rain.

The 2021 hybrid edition will include 16 works. The WIP feature and XR from the selection will be accessible both on-site and online. The WIP short and series will be present exclusively online on the festival’s platform.

WIP Feature 2021 selections include nine feature films - all European works except for Perlimps, the latest project from Brazilian Alê Abreu (The Boy and the World).  

WIP Feature 2021:

The Siren by Sepideh Farsi

Production: Les Films d’ici, Katuh Studio, BAC Cinéma; Audiences: teens, young adults, adults; Technique: 2D/3D; Distribution: BAC Films; France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium

Mars Express by Jérémie Périn

Production: Everybody on Deck, EV.L prod, Plume Finance, France 3 Cinéma; Audiences: teens, young adults, adults; Technique: 2D/3D; Distribution: MK2, Gebeka Films; France

Unicorn Wars by Alberto Vázquez Rico

Production: Abano Producións, Uniko, Autour de Minuit, Schmuby; Audiences: teens, young adults, adults; Technique: 2D/3D; Distribution: Charades; Spain, France

Little Nicholas by Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre

Production: ON Kids & Family, Bidibul Productions; Audience: family; Technique: 2D; Distribution: Charades, BAC Films; France, Luxembourg

Princess Dragon by Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis

Production: Ankama; Audiences: children, family; Technique: 2D/3D; Distribution: Gebeka Films; France

Nayola by José Miguel Ribeiro

Production: Praça Filmes, S.O.I.L., JPL Films, il Luster; Audiences: young adults, adults; Technique: 2D/3D; Distribution: Urban Distribution; Portugal, Belgium, France, Netherlands

Perlimps by Alê Abreu

Production: Buriti Filmes; Audiences: children, family; Techniques: drawing on paper, 2D/3D; Distribution: pending; Brazil

The Peasants by Dorota Kobiela

Production: Chlopi Sp. z o.o, Breakthru Films, Digitalkraft d.o.o., Art Shot; Audiences: teens, young adults, adults; Techniques: rotoscoping, painting on canvas; Distribution: New Europe Film Sales, The Jokers; Poland, Serbia, Lithuania

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Pierre Földes

Production: Cinéma Defacto, Miyu Productions; Audiences: teens, young adults, adults; Techniques: rotoscoping, 2D/3D; Distribution: Gebeka Films, The Match Factory; France, Canada, Netherlands, Luxembourg            

WIP Short 2021:

Robin Robin by Dan Ojari, Mikey Please

Production: Aardman Animation; Audiences: preschool, children, family; Technique: stop motion; Distribution: Netflix; UK, USA              

WIP Series 2021:

Fena: Pirate Princess by Kazuto Nakazawa

Production: Crunchyroll, Adult Swim, Production I.G; Audiences: young adults, adults; Technique: drawing on paper; Distribution: Adult Swim & Crunchyroll; USA, Japan

Maya and the Three by Jorge Gutiérrez

Production: Netflix; Audience: family; Technique: 3D; Distribution: Netflix; USA

The House by Emma de Swaef, Marc James Roels, Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Paloma Baeza

Production: Nexus Studios, Netflix; Audience: adults; Techniques: puppets, animation objects; Distribution: Netflix; United Kingdom, USA

Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles by Khang Le

Production: Gaumont, Atomic Monster, Dark Horse Entertainment; Audience: children; Technique: 2D/3D; Distribution: Netflix; USA, France

WIP XR 2021:

Immersion, Augmented Nature by Anne-Lise Koelher and Eric Serre

Production: Les Fées Spéciales; Audiences: children, teenagers, young adults, adults, family; Techniques: 3D, augmented reality, real-time storytelling; France

Ascenders by Jonathan Astruc  

Production: BackLight; Audiences: young adults, adults; Techniques: 3D, virtual reality; France

Source: Annecy Festival