In 2023, Mexican animation will be in the spotlight, and we entrusted the Annecy Festival’s official poster design to Animator and Director Jorge R. Gutierrez, who will also be one of our jury members. An aficionado of Mexican culture and folklore, he has created a genuine joyous and heart-warming firework display of references announcing a very colourful edition!
„Jorge’s work is deeply rooted in Mexican popular culture and folklore, but it is also zealously festive. He flaunts a generous, Baroque, and colourful artistry that is full of surprises, which incarnates the Festival’s very spirit. This poster invites you to come and party with us!“
Marcel Jean, the Annecy Festival’s Artistic Director
A Festival regular, Jorge R. Gutierrez talks to us about his inspiration and reveals the poster design’s creative process.
„The poster is very inspired by all the spectacular nighttime parties at our beloved Festival. A Mexican ‚Xochimilco trajinera‘ boat arrives on Lake Annecy carrying lots of happy and excited Mexicans ready to party“, he explained. „The city itself is glowing, it’s shining like a warm magical place“, he adds in this video.
Emmy and Annie Award-winning Jorge R. Gutierrez is a Mexican animator, painter, voice actor, writer and director.
A CalArts Experimental Animation BFA & MFA graduate, Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, and paintings exploring his love affair with Mexican pop and folk culture.
Gutierrez was Director & Co-Writer of the Guillermo del Toro produced animated feature The Book of Life, which earned him a 2014 Golden Globe Award nomination. Along with his wife and muse, Sandra Equihua, they created the multiple Emmy Award-winning animated series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon. Gutierrez most recently created, wrote, and directed the event series Maya and the Three for Netflix which won 2 Annie Awards, and was nominated for 5 Emmys.
Gutierrez is currently developing and writing/directing a Netflix animated feature named I, Chihuahua with Gabriel „Fluffy“ Iglesias.
The Festival team look forward to seeing you all from 11th to 17th June for 7 days dedicated to animation film.
accreditations will be going on sale soon!