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Nine Features Selected to Compete at Annecy 2016

Ann Marie Fleming’s ‘Window Horses,’ Penny Lane’s ‘NUTS!’ and Sang-ho Yeon’s ‘Seoul Station’ among nine films selected to screen in competition at this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

‘My Life as a Courgette’ directed by Claude Barras.

Nine features have been selected to screen in competition at the 2016 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, with an additional 11 films selected to screen outside of competition.

The list includes New Zealand’s 25 April, directed by Leanne Pooley; CarpeDiem’s Snowtime! directed by Jean-François Pouliot and François Brisson; France’s La Jeune Fille Sans Mains from director Sébastien Laudenbach; Swiss/French co-production My Life as a Courgette, directed by Claude Barras; director Penny Lane’s documentary feature NUTS!, the Special Jury Award winner for Editing at this year’s Sundance Festival; Spain’s Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children directed by Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez; South Korea’s Seoul Station from director Sang-ho Yeon; Wizart’s Sheep and Wolves, directed by Maxim Volkov; and director Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses.

Among the 11 animated features screening out of competition are Barajoun Entertainment’s Bilal, the first full-length animated feature to come out of Dubai; China’s CG fantasy film, Monkey King: Hero is Back, directed by Tian Xiaopeng; and Cartoon Network’s Regular Show: The Movie, directed by JG Quintel.

Other highlights of this year’s edition of the long-running festival include a screening of the long-awaited The Red Turtle with director Michaël Dudok de Wit; a special preview of Disney’s forthcoming animated feature, Moana, and the accompanying short film Inner Workings; the premiere of Illumination Entertainment’s Secret Life of Pets; a screening of Pixar’s Finding Dory with directors John Musker and Ron Clements alongside the world premiere of new Pixar short Piper directed by Alan Barillaro; a masterclass delivered by Guillermo del Toro, who will unveil unseen footage from his forthcoming Trollhunters; a screening of the 4K restoration of Eiichi Yamamoto’s Belladonna of Sadness; and, for the first time, a special focus on the animation of France. There will also be several work-in-progress sessions, including a presentation of Cartoon Network series Samurai Jack, and director Benjamin Renner’s The Big Bad Fox.

The full list of official selections screening in and outside of competition is shown below:


25 April
Leanne Pooley
Matthew Metcalfe, New Zealand

Snowtime! (aka: Cleo)
Jean-François Pouliot, François Brisson
CarpeDiem Film & TV Inc., Canada

La Jeune Fille Sans Mains
Sébastien Laudenbach
Les Films Sauvages, France

My Life as a Courgette
Claude Barras
Blue Spirit Productions, Rita Productions, Gebeka films, Switzerland, France

Penny Lane
Penny Lane, USA

Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children
Pedro Rivero, Alberto Vázquez
Zircozine, Basque Films, Spain

Seoul Station
Sang-ho Yeon
Studio Dadashow, Finecut Co., Ltd., South Korea

Sheep and Wolves
Maxim Volkov
Wizart Animation, Russia

Window Horses
Ann Marie Fleming
Sandra Oh, Ann Marie Fleming, Shirley Vercruysse, Canada


Bad Cat
Mehmet Kurtulus, Ayse Ünal
Anima Studios Istanbul,

Ayman Jamal, Khurram H. Alavi
Barajoun Entertainment
United Arab Emirates

Capture the Flag
Enrique Gato Borregán
Lightbox Entertainment, 4 Cats Pictures, Ikiru Films, S.L.

Tomohiro Kawamura, Komori Yoshihiro, Ogawa Yoichi
Filosophia, Toei Company Ltd. Shirogumi Inc.

Sung-gang Lee, Sang-ho Yeon
South Korea

Manang Biring
Carl Joseph Papa, Ronald Arguelles

Monkey King: Hero is Back
Tian Xiaopeng
Hengdian Film Production Co. Ltd.

Pat & Mat
Marek Beneš
Patmat Film Ltd.
Czech Republic

Regular Show: The Movie
JG Quintel
Cartoon Network Studios

The Anthem of the Heart
Tatsuyuki Nagai, Shunsuke Saito

Un Rêve Solaire
Patrick Bokanowski
Kira B.M. Films

Source: Annecy International Animated Film Festival

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.