LOS ANGELES — Animation is Movie has introduced its preliminary line-up for the third version, happening October 18-20 on the TCL Chinese language Theater in Hollywood. The pageant will current a showcase of latest animated function movies from Asia, Europe, South America and North America. Weathering with You’ll open the pageant with director, Makoto Shinkai, and producer, Genki Kawamura, in attendance. The French movie, I Misplaced My Physique, will shut the pageant; each director Jeremy Clapin and producer Marc du Pontavice shall be attending.
This yr there shall be 10 function movies in competitors for each juried and viewers awarded prizes. The pageant can even current particular screenings, retrospectives, quick movies, panel discussions, sneak peek “making of” and “behind the scenes” displays, receptions and events rounding out the three-day occasion.
“In partnership with Annecy, we’re thrilled to current our third annual slate of wonderful animated filmmaking from around the globe,” commented GKIDS and AIR founder, Eric Beckman. “The vary of artistry on show this yr for LA audiences is really exceptional, from celebrated Cannes, Venice, and Annecy winners, to monumental field workplace megahits, to lovingly informed private tales. There are movies from self-taught, first-time filmmakers and revered masters. From expressionistic to cartoony to photo-realistic to provocatively experimental. There’s cease movement, hand drawn, hand painted, 3D CGI, comedy, romance, heart-rending drama, psychological thriller, epic fantasy, and a lot extra that merely can’t be categorized. If anybody nonetheless suffers underneath the misimpression that animation is a household leisure style, the pageant will open their eyes to the extensive, virtually limitless potentialities that this potent artform is able to.”
“The standard and variety of the movies introduced at Animation Is Movie this yr reinforces Annecy’s satisfaction of being related to an occasion that has already discovered its place after solely 2 editions and is a real springboard in North America for the world’s finest impartial animation,” added Annecy’s CEO & director, Mickael Marin.
Animation Is Movie embraces animation as a cinematic artwork type on par with live-action filmmaking and is an advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their. The pageant is produced by GKIDS in partnership with Annecy Worldwide Animation Movie Pageant. Main business and media sponsors embrace: Selection, Fathom Occasions, Loews Resorts, All Nippon Airways, ELMA, Netflix, Shout! Manufacturing facility, Paramount Animation, Sony Photos Animation, Cartoon Community, Unifrance, DreamWorks Animation Animation Journal, Animation Scoop, Animation World Community, Cartoon Brew, Japan Home LOS ANGELES, RightStuf Anime, CSULB Animation, WIA (Ladies In Animation), USC College of Cinematic Arts, UCLA College of Theater, Movie and Tv, and CalArts.
2019 FILMS IN COMPETITION
Weathering with You – US Premiere – Opening Night time Movie
(dir. Shinkai, prod. Kawamura, Japan) FILMMAKERS IN PERSON
Weathering with You, from the artistic workforce behind the hit Your Identify, is the very best grossing movie of the yr on the Japan field workplace, in addition to Japan’s official Worldwide Function Movie entry to the 2020 Academy Awards.
With Tokyo flooding underneath unceasing rains, runaway teen Hokoda meets Hina, a mysterious lady who has the ability to half the clouds and produce the solar.
I Misplaced My Physique – WEST COAST Premiere – Closing Night time Movie
(dir. Clapin, prod. Du Pontavice, France) FILMMAKER IN PERSON
Introduced in partnership with COLCOA French Movie Pageant
From director Clapin and Amelie screenwriter Gullaume Laurant, I Misplaced My Physique is winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize in Critics’ Week at Cannes in addition to each the Cristal for Greatest Function Movie and the Viewers Prize at Annecy.
In a Parisian laboratory, a severed hand escapes its sad destiny and units out to reconnect with its physique.
Bombay Rose – US Premiere
(dir. Gitanjali Rao, India/UK/France/Qatar)
The opener of this yr’s Critics’ Week in Venice, Rao’s hand-painted function debut is an ode to a metropolis and its cinema.
Set in Mumbai, the crisscrossing narratives of the completely different characters heart on Kamala, a younger lady making an attempt to flee her destiny, on this celebration of reminiscence, artwork, music and colour.
Kids of The Sea – US Premiere
(dir. Ayumi Watanabe, Japan) FILMMAKER IN PERSON
Kids of the Sea is the newest function from Japan’s Studio four°C (MFKZ, Tekkoninkreet, Thoughts Recreation, Genius Celebration), with a rating by award-winning composer Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro).
On this ethereal fantasy, Ruka is drawn towards the ocean by a haunting whale music and two mysterious boys, Umi and Sora. Little does she know she has been chosen because the catalyst of a cosmic occasion.
Marona’s Implausible Story – US Premiere
(dir. Anca Damian, France/Romania/Belgium) FILMMAKER IN PERSON
Annecy award-winner Damian’s new movie options Marona, a mixed-breed Labrador, who after an accident displays on her previous houses and experiences. Journeying again via her recollections she displays on the deep impressions she has made on her house owners’ lives. With Marona’s unfailing love and empathy she had offered lightness and innocence to her households.
No. 7 Cherry Lane – US Premiere
(dir. Yonfan, Hong Kong SAR China) FILMMAKER IN PERSON
Author/director Yonfan’s (Bishonen, Peony Pavilion, Coloration Blossoms) animation debut received the prize for finest screenplay in its Venice premier.
Set in 1967 Hong Kong, college scholar Ziming exhibits up for a tutoring gig and turns into the thing of fantasy for each his scholar Meiling in addition to her mom, Mrs. Yu. He takes Mrs. Yu to the flicks and thru a sequence of magical moments on the massive display, forbidden passions are revealed.
Journey Your Wave – West Coast Premiere
(dir. Masaaki Yuasa, Japan)
Yuasa (Thoughts Recreation, DEVILMAN crybaby) is again together with his fourth function movie, a heart-rending however uplifting story of affection and loss, that retains Yuasa’s barely anarchic and subversive sensibility.
Hinako is a surf-loving school scholar who has simply moved to a small seaside city. When a sudden fireplace breaks out at her house constructing, she is rescued by Minato, a good-looking firefighter, and the 2 quickly fall in love. However simply as they develop into inseparable, tragedy strikes.
SHe – US Premiere
(D. Shengwei Zhou, China)
SHe is a harrowing critique of a patriarchal society. In a dystopian world, male footwear, all black polish and metallic grommets, are in cost, whereas the females, pink high-heels with spindly vines, are caged and saved strictly for breeding functions. Beneath disguise, a feminine breaks free and makes an attempt to maneuver past her confines, however her try alters not solely her destiny however the very cloth of the society.
The Swallows of Kabul – Los Angeles Premiere
(dirs. Zabou Breitman, Elea Gobbe-Mellevec; France) FILMMAKERS IN PERSON
In the summertime of 1998, Kabul is in ruins and occupied by the Taliban. Atiq and Mussarat have been married for years and now barely speak to one another. He can now not bear working as a guard in a girls’s jail and she or he is in agony and affected by an incurable sickness. Mohsen and Zunaira are younger and love one another. However Mohsen commits a silly act that transforms their future.
White Snake – West Coast Premiere
(dirs. Amp Wong, Ji Zhao; China) FILMMAKERS IN PERSON
Sooner or later a younger snake-catcher names Xuan discovers a mysterious lady by a waterfall and saves her life. The girl has misplaced her reminiscence and collectively they go on a fantastical journey to find her actual id. Conceived as a prequel to an historical and enduring story in Chinese language historical past, White Snake presents a story of trickster demons, lethal legendary beasts, assassins, wuxia motion, and the promise of everlasting love.
Ne Zha – Screening and Dialogue with Coloroom Founder, Yi Qiao
(dir. Jiao Zi, China)
With the discharge of Ne Zha, the Chinese language animation business has come into its personal. The $20 million price range movie has grossed $700 million on the Chinese language field workplace.
The screening of Ne Zha shall be adopted by a dialogue with co-writer/producer and Coloroom CEO, Qiao. Coloroom has produced hits corresponding to Nezha and Monkey King: Hero is Again, artwork home titles Massive Fish and Begonia, Da Hufa and Have a Good Day, and can also be distributor for the favored anime movies, Your Identify and Spirited Away.
Son of The White Mare – Newly Restored Print
(1981, dir. Marcell Jankovics, Hungary)
Son of the White Mare is a swirling, color-mad maelstrom of mythic monsters and Scythian heroes, part-Yellow Submarine, part-Nibelungenlied. Directed by Hungarian animator Jankovics (identified for his 1974 Oscar-nominated quick Sisyphus), the movie has been restored in 4K utilizing the unique 35mm digicam destructive and sound components.
Steven Universe the Film – Particular Screening
(dir. Rebecca Sugar, USA)
Steven Universe, the award-winning TV present, follows Steven and the Crystal Gems, a workforce of magical aliens who battle to guard the planet Earth. Steven is the half-Gem half-human son of the Crystal Gems’ late chief Rose Quartz and native musician Greg Universe. Steven’s family and friends help him as he grows into his powers and figures out easy methods to be himself.
In his first musical TV film, Steven Universe thinks his time defending the Earth is over. However when a brand new gem involves Seashore Metropolis in search of revenge, Steven faces his greatest problem but.
Cencoroll Join – Particular Screening
(dir. Atsuya Uki; Japan)
Written, designed, directed, and animated by manga writer Uki, Cencoroll Join combines his unique 2009 quick movie and the 2019 Cencoroll 2 in a riveting, standalone sci-fi function.
The Better of Annecy: Highlight on Ladies Administrators
(Quick Movie Program, varied administrators)
Introduced by Ladies in Animation & Annecy Worldwide Animation Movie Pageant, this program includes a numerous array of quick movies from around the globe, showcasing a number of the finest animated shorts directed by girls in 2019.
SPECIAL EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
Frozen: Behind-The-Scenes – Filmmakers In-Particular person
Expertise new footage from the extremely anticipated sequel to the 2013 function, Frozen. Co-director and Academy Award winner, Chris Buck, presents scenes and music from the upcoming Frozen II.
Klaus: Behind-The-Scenes – Filmmakers In-Particular person
Director Sergio Pablos (reside, by way of satellite tv for pc) and animation supervisor, Matt Williams (reside, in-person), current an unique sneak peek of Netflix’s Klaus. Be taught concerning the manufacturing, and see never-before-seen footage of this new movie.
FREE FAMILY EVENT
Hair Love: The Making of – Filmmakers In-Particular person
(d. Matthew A. Cherry, USA)
Hair Love is a narrative about studying one thing new. After retiring from the NFL, extensive receiver Matthew A. Cherry moved to Los Angeles and switched gears to start work in movie. When he launched a Kickstarter marketing campaign to make an animated quick a few black father’s battle to learn to model his younger daughter’s hair, it grew to become probably the most extremely funded quick movie within the platform’s historical past and the movie was launched in theaters nationwide. Be part of director/author/producer Cherry, director Everett Downing Jr., and producer Karen Rupert Toliver for a screening of the quick and a behind-the-scenes take a look at the making of Hair Love.
Zog: The Making of – Filmmaker In-Particular person
(d. Max Lang & Daniel Snaddon, UK).
The newest from Magic Gentle Productions, creators of The Gruffalo and Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, Zog tells family-friendly story of a younger fireplace breather and his first days at Dragon College. Be part of Lang for a particular presentation of the movie in its entirety, adopted by a behind-the-scenes commentary of its making.
2019 AIF JURY
Allison Abbate (EVP, Warner Animation Group)
Abbate is an govt vp at Warner Animation Group (WAG), a division of Warner Bros. Leisure. Abbate was an govt producer on The LEGO Film; and a producer on Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride, Wes Anderson’s Implausible Mr. Fox, and Brad Hen’s directorial debut, Iron Large.
Suzanne Buirgy (Producer, Dreamworks Animation)
Buirgy has a formidable roster of credit in her 20-year profession in animation and visible results starting together with her arrival at DreamWorks Animation in 2005 the place she jumped into the position of manufacturing govt engaged on quite a few movies together with Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda, and Shrek the Third. She is presently serving as producer on Abominable, a co-production between DreamWorks Animation and China’s Pearl Studio, slated for launch within the fall of 2019.
Justin Chang (Movie Critic, Los Angeles Instances)
Chang is a movie critic for the Los Angeles Instances and for NPR’s Recent Air, and a daily contributor to KPCC’s FilmWeek. Earlier than becoming a member of The Instances, he was chief movie critic at Selection. He’s the writer of the guide FilmCraft: Enhancing and serves as chair of the Nationwide Society of Movie Critics and secretary of the Los Angeles Movie Critics Assn. In 2014 he obtained the inaugural Roger Ebert Award from the African American Movie Critics Assn. A Southern California native and USC graduate, he lives together with his spouse and daughter in Pasadena.
Matthew Cherry (Movie & Tv Government, MonkeyPaw)
Cherry is an achieved director & producer for TV and Movie tasks. He govt produced the Academy Award nominated movie, BlackKklansman directed by Spike Lee. His present undertaking, Hair Love, is an animated quick movie about an African American father making an attempt to do his daughters hair for the primary time. He not too long ago partnered with Sony Photos Animation on the undertaking, which was launched in North American theaters with The Indignant Birds Film 2.
Melissa Cobb (VP, Children and Household, Netflix)
Netflix vp, children and household, Cobb, leads the content material workforce chargeable for bringing children and household titles, each live-action and animated, to Netflix members in 190 nations around the globe.
Peter Debruge – AIF Jury Chair (Chief Movie Critic, Selection)
Selection’s chief worldwide movie critic, Debruge is a graduate of the College of Texas at Austin’s movie research program. Previous to Selection, he spent 4 years working as an editor for AOL Moviefone. Along with lots of of evaluations for the Austin Chronicle, Miami Herald and Premiere, Debruge’s writing on movie has appeared in quite a few publications. He has additionally contributed to the guide Selection’s the Film That Modified My Life.
Carolyn Giardina (Editor, The Hollywood Reporter)
Giardina is tech editor at The Hollywood Reporter and writes its Behind the Display screen weblog. Her work as an editor, reporter or columnist has appeared in titles corresponding to CinemaEditor, SHOOT, British Cinematographer and SMPTE Movement Imaging Journal.
Jorge R. Gutierrez (Filmmaker, The Ebook of Life, Son of Jaguar)
Gutiérrez is a painter, author and director. He and his spouse Sandra Equihua created the award-winning animated tv sequence, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon. He co-wrote and directed The Ebook of Life for Reel FX and 20th Century Fox, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Greatest Animated Function Movie. He’s presently creating Maya and The Three for Netflix.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Filmmaker, Kung Fu Panda 2 & three, The Darkest Minds)
Nelson made her function movie directorial debut with Kung Fu Panda 2. She has lent her abilities to a wide range of DreamWorks Animation footage, together with as head of story for Kung Fu Panda, and story artist on Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Madagascar.
Charles Solomon (Critic and Animation Historian)
An internationally revered critic and historian of animation, Solomon has written on the topic for the New York Instances, Newsweek (Japan), Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Instances, The Worldwide Herald Tribune, Selection, the Manchester Guardian, and Nationwide Public Radio. His books embrace The Artwork of Frozen, The Artwork of the Disney Golden Books, The Toy Story Movies: An Animated Journey, Story as Previous as Time: The Artwork and Making of Disney’s Animated Basic Magnificence and the Beast, The Artwork of Toy Story three, Enchanted Drawings: The Historical past of Animation.
Mabel Tam (VP and Head Movie Purchaser, Landmark Theatres)
Tam is VP/head movie purchaser of Landmark Theatres. A 16-year veteran of the leisure business, she is a graduate of UCLA and resides in LA together with her household.
Anne Thompson (Editor-at-Giant, Indiewire)
IndieWire editor at massive, Anne Thompson has been a contributor to the New York Instances, Washington Put up, The Observer, and Wired. She has served as movie columnist at Selection, deputy editor of Selection.com, deputy movie editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the West Coast editor of Premiere, a senior author at Leisure Weekly, and West Coast editor for Movie Remark. She wrote the movie business column Dangerous Enterprise for L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Instances syndicate.
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