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Annecy 2023 Official Feature Film Selections Revealed

11 animated features have been chosen to compete at this year's festival, including ‘Art College 1994’ by Liu Jian, ‘La Sirène’ by Sepideh Farsi and ‘Sirocco and the Kingdom of Air Streams’ by Benoît Chieux; the 47th edition of the festival runs June 11-17.

The Annecy 2023 Festival has unveiled the official selection of feature films in competition for the 47th edition, which runs June 11-17. The announcement was made by Chairman of CITIA Dominique Puthod, Director Mickaël Marin, and Artistic Director Marcel Jean.

Out of the approximately 100 feature films submitted, 11 have been selected in competition. They are:

  • Art College 1994 by Liu Jian - Production: China Academy of Art, Hangzhou Lightriver Culture & Media/China
  • Four Souls of Coyote by Áron Gauder - Production: Cinemon Entertainment/Hungary
  • Kensuke's Kingdom by Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry - Production: Lupus Films, Melusine Productions/Studio 352, Le Pacte/United Kingdom, Luxembourg, France
  • La Sirène by Sepideh Farsi - Production: Les Films d’ici, Katuh Studio, Bac Cinema, Lunanime, TrickStudio Lutterbeck/Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg
  • Chicken for Linda! by Chiara Malta and Sébastien Laudenbach - Production: Dolce Vita Films, Miyu Productions, Dorje Film/France, Italy
  • Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Keiichi Hara - Production: A-1 Pictures/Japan
  • Mars Express by Jérémie Périn  - Production: Everybody on Deck, Je Suis Bien Content/France
  • Sirocco and the Kingdom of Air Streams by Benoît Chieux - Production: Sacrebleu Productions/Belgium, France
  • The Inseparables by Jérémie Degruson - Production: nWave Digital, Octopolis, A Contracorriente Films/Belgium, Spain, France
  • The Inventor by Jim Capobianco and Pierre-Luc Granjon - Production: Curiosity Studio, Leo & King, Foliascope/USA, France, Ireland
  • The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes by Tomohisa Taguchi - Production: Clap/Japan

Get more information about the Feature Films in Official Competition here.

The 12 feature films competing in the Contrechamp category are:

  • When Adam Changes by Joël Vaudreuil - Production: Parce Que Films/Québec, Canada
  • Tender Metalheads by Carlos Perez-Reche and Joan Tomas - Production: La Productora de Juanjo Saez/Spain
  • Johnny & Me – A Journey through Time with John Heartfield by Katrin Rothe - Production: Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion/Germany, Austria, Switzerland
  • Komada – A Whisky Family by Masayuki Yoshihara - Production: Story INC., P.A. Works,
  • The Sacred Cave by Daniel Minlo and Cyrille Masso - Production: Malo Pictures/Cameroun
  • Robot Dreams by Pablo Berger - Production : Les films du Worso, Arcadia Motion Pictures, Noodles Production/Spain, France
  • Rosa and the Stone Troll by Karla Nor Holmbäck - Production: Dansk Tegnefilm/Denmark
  • Saleem by Cynthia Madanat Sharaiha - Production: Digitales/Jordan
  • Slide by Bill Plympton - Production: Plymptoons Studio/USA
  • Toldi by Marcell Jankovics and Lajos Csakovics - Production: Kecskemétfilm/Hungary
  • Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light by Filip Pošivač - Production: Filmfabriq, Nutprodukcia, Nutprodukce/Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia
  • White Plastic Sky by Tibor Banoczki and Sarolta Szabo - Production: Salto Films, Artichoke/Hungary, Slovakia

Get more information about the Feature Films Contrechamp in Competition here.

Other announcements and reminders:

First footage being shown at the festival:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Mutant Mahem by Jeff Rowe
  • The Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim, by Kenji Kamiyama
  • Fixed by Genndy Tartakovsky
  • Migration directed by Benjamin Renner
  • Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, a making of and presentation of three films by their directors
  • Trolls Band Together by Walt Dohrn and Tim Heitz
  • Win or Lose from Pixar Animation Studios

Feature film screenings:

  • The Spider Within: A Spider-Verse Story - presented as part of the LENS programme
  • "Rick and Morty": 10 Years of Intergalactic Adventures by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon
  • Nimona directed by Troy Quane and Nick Bruno 
  • Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken by Faryn Pearl and Kirk DeMicco
  • Elemental directed by Peter Sohn
  • Kaina of the Great Snow Sea: Star Sage by Hiroaki Ando

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents:

  • An all-new short directed by Trent Correyand Dan Abraham
  • Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee returns to Annecy to share details about the all-new original feature film Wish, for which she is both executive producer and a writer on the project.

Production: The Walt Disney Animation Studios/USA

  • Fantasia 2000, directed by Eric Goldberg, Pixote Hunt, Hendel Butoy

Check out the full list of screening events here.

Source: Annecy 2023

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