Weitere Highlights des Animationsfilmfestivals in Annecy 2017: Glen Keane, Hal Hickel, Godzilla, The Breadwinner, Mazinger Z, Arthur Des Pins,

Keynote Speakers:

Glen Keane

Thinking Like a Child: Embracing Change in an Ever-Evolving Art Form
A 38-year veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation,
Glen Keane created some of the most beloved Disney characters of all time, from Ariel to Tarzan. In 2012, he departed Disney to begin Glen Keane Productions as a way to further his artistic explorations in animation, design and film.
The animation master will share his journey of merging art and technology throughout his career and how the animation medium has evolved over the years. He will close his presentation with a screening of his latest film,
Dear Basketball, a collaboration with two legends, basketball star Kobe Bryant and Oscar-winning composer John Williams.


As well as Eric Coleman (Walt Disney Television Animation) and Kristine Belson (Sony Pictures Animation).


Work in Progress

Take a sneak peek in the first footage from


In the year 2054, Godzilla obliterates the Earth, marking an utter defeat for the human race. People board the hyper-speed spaceship and abandon the planet and its survivors, to endure a long and harsh exodus in space. Twenty years go by. The drifting survivors start warming up to the idea of returning to Earth.

With directors Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita (Toho Co., Ltd., Japan)


Little Vampire by Joann Sfar (WIP Feature)

Little Vampire is bored. He has been ten years old for three hundred years and he wants to go to school and make new friends. Michael is an orphan with problems at school, and his meeting with Little Vampire sets him on a course for adventure in a world of fantasy and imagination. As the two forge their new friendship, the terrible Gibbus appears.

With director Joann Sfar and producer Antoine Delesvaux. Produced by Autochenille Production (France)


And also: The Breadwinner, Wish Dragon, Zero Impunity   


Toei Animation Resurrects Mazinger Z: First Footage of the Feature with Go Nagai!

Mazinger Z, Japan’s major manga series, is making its big comeback on the international animation scene. Toei Animation is producing a new opus of adventures for the famous robot. The manga written and illustrated by Go Nagai in the 70s was already adapted into an anime series, but this time it’s hitting the big screen as a feature film in Europe and around the globe.

The film will add a new chapter to the adventures of the super robot. As the world faces a new threat, Mazinger aka „Iron Castle“ stands up with all his might!

Mazinger Z, will be presented by Go Nagai on Wednesday 14th June from 4 to 5:15 pm, in the Grande salle at Bonlieu (Making of – Open to Meetings and Mifa badgeholders, by reservation).


Robert Valley: From Graphic Novels to Animated Music Videos and Short Films

Graduated from the Emily Carr College in Vancouver, Robert Valley is in high demand as a director, graphic artist, designer and animator. His vast array of work includes Gorillaz music videos, the Massive Swerve graphic novel series, Annie Awards and Pear Cider and Cigarettes, his Oscar-nominated short film.
Robert will demonstrate some of the key steps in going from graphic novel to animation, taking examples from
Pear Cider and Cigarettes and he will also present the Gorillaz music video he made in collaboration with Jamie Hewlett. This will give audience members the chance to see how his animation style has developed over the years and better understand his vision as a director.

Conversation with Nickelodeon Creators Joe Murray and Robert Scull

Two of Nickelodeon’s series creators Joe Murray (Rocko’s Modern Life) and Robert Scull (Bubble Guppies) are teaming up to discuss their journeys as show creators, how they bring their visions to life and their prolific careers in animation from the ‘90s until now. Plus, an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming „Rocko’s Modern Life“ TV movie.


Along with The Art of Storytelling, from Comics to Animation with Lewis Trondheim, Guy Delisle and Arthur de Pins



Animating the „Star Wars“ Universe

With the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode VIII on 13th December 2017, Annecy 2017 decided to invite Hal Hickel, Animation Director at Industrial Light & Magic, who will talk about animating the creatures, characters and vehicles in the Star Wars films.

THURSDAY 15TH JUNE, 4:00-5:30 PM

Mac Guff: 30-Something…

Mac Guff Ligne studio is one of France’s 3D pioneers… and one of the rare survivors. Its history, closely related to that of animation and VFX in France, has always embodied decisive issues in the sector, and continues to do so today. This conference will be a chance to look back on heroic times, for the pleasure of veterans and the edification of young ones, but above all, will give an overview of current productions for everyone’s enjoyment.

With Jacques Bled, co-founder of Mac Guff Ligne and CEO of Illumination MacGuff, Rodolphe Chabrier, co-founder and CEO of Mac Guff Ligne, and Philippe Sonrier, co-founder and supervisor of Mac Guff Ligne.

WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM

TV Series: Four Seasons (or more)

Adding new seasons to a TV series should logically be a less risky venture. The success of a first season bodes well for those following and the reusability factor reduces costs. But is it really that easy? How do you manage such issues as writing, optimising characters and sets or rationalising production? Three examples will be presented to answer these questions.

With Alice Delande, Head of Fiction and Animation Support, CNC.

WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM


Studio Focus

A rare opportunity to discover the creative or technological processes used by some major animation studios like:

Pixar Animation Studios, Original Force 3D Animation, Triggerfish Animation Studios, Ankama, Warner Bros Television, Google Spotlight Stories, Passion Pictures, Cartoon Network


Annecy 2017: Die MIFA präsentiert den ersten MIFA Campus mit den Gästen Guillermo del Toro und Carlos Saldanha

Opening on Tuesday 13th June with the first-ever Mifa Campus boasting Guillermo del Toro as its patron, this year the Mifa will host all the professional conferences on site as well as the traditional Meetings: Territory Focus, Share With, Mifa Pitches, Mifa Press Conferences, the Video Library… and even recruitment sessions with major animation studios.

More vibrant than ever, the Mifa is taking place at the Impérial Palace from 13th – 16th June 2017 with 1,000 m2 additional surface area!

The first-ever Mifa Campus on Tuesday 13th June!

Guillermo del Toro will be the patron of the 1st Mifa Campus: A new day entirely dedicated to students and entry-level animation professionals. He will be presenting a „Conversation“ at 2 pm at the Impérial Palace, Verdi A&B, a unique moment for this generation seeking references and sharing experiences.
Carlos Saldanha, director of Ice Age and Rio among others, has also agreed to share an intimate moment with students, young professionals and experts at 9 am in the Tente impériale.

Three kinds of meetings will be held:

>>>  Chat With, sessions, where studios will discuss their work environments, prospective job offers and the kinds of profiles they’re looking for.

For example, you’ll find:

Walt Disney Animation Studios: An Interactive Portfolio Workshop

Join the Force with ILM Recruitment

The Folimage Studio

>>> Workshops for animation artists, teachers or experts to share the savoir-faire and expertise.

On the programme:

Getting Hired and Staying Hired in Animation/VFX Studios
Terrence MASSON, Ilija BRUNCK, Boris JACQ, Alison MANN, Shelley PAGE, Javier ROMERO
11:00 am – VERDI A&B

Before the Animation Begins: Getting the Characters Ready to Act
6:00 pm – VERDI A&B

>>> Feedback on new initiatives dealing with training programmes or talent incubators in France and abroad.

On the programme:

Creative Residencies in Animation
9:00 am – BERLIOZ A&B

ANDIMATION – Accelerator for Andean Animation
Denis CHAPON, Margaux GILLET
10:30 am – BERLIOZ A&B

RECA: A Unique European Network
12:00 pm – BERLIOZ A&B

Zoom in on My 1st Job
Marie Armelle IMBAULT
6:00 pm – BERLIOZ A&B



Annecy 2017 – Wow! DISNEY – PIXAR

On 16th June, Pixar Animation Studios will bring delight to festivalgoers in Annecy, no doubt about it!

Premiere screening of the new film
& the short film
First footage presented by the directors of
At the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2017

The Program

Friday, 16th June  – 10:00AM

At Bonlieu Grande Salle


Come and meet director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, who previously teamed up for 2010’s Oscar® and Golden Globe® – winning feature TOY STORY 3. They will present footage, along with co-director Adrian Molina (story artist on Monsters University), from their upcoming feature COCO, in U.S. theatres 22nd November, 2017.

From the studio behind the shorts LAVA and recent Oscar® – winner PIPER comes LOU. Director Dave Mullins and producer Dana Murray will be in Annecy to present their short that tells the story of what happens when a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids. LOU opens in U.S. theatres on 16th June, 2017, in front of CARS 3.

We’re also excited to announce the French Premiere of the new Disney•Pixar movie CARS 3 directed by Brian Fee (story artist Cars & Cars 2), produced by Kevin Reher (A Bug’s Life & La Luna short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (LAVA short), preceded by the Disney Art Challenge Ceremony. For the 5th edition, students have been invited to create a piece on the theme “road trip”. The winners will receive their prize from the director and producer of LOU.

Friday, 16th June – 1:00PM

Signing session with Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, Darla K. Anderson (COCO) and Dave Mullins and Dana Murray (LOU).

Boutique du Festival @ bdfugue

Friday, 16th June – 10:15PM


CARS, directed by John Lasseter, grossed nearly $462 million worldwide. It was nominated for two Oscars® and one Golden Globe®, winning the first ever Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.

On the Pâquier

About COCO

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt).
Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist Monsters University) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3), Disney•Pixar’s COCO opens in U.S. theatres on 22nd Nov, 2017.

About LOU

When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.

From Pixar Animation Studios, director Dave Mullins and producer Dana Murray, LOU opens in U.S. theatres on 16th June, 2017, in front of CARS 3.

About CARS 3

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist Cars & Cars 2) and produced by Kevin Reher (A Bug’s Life & La Luna short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (LAVA short), CARS 3 cruises into theatres on 16th June, 2017.

The Disney Art Challenge

A contest to highlight the talent of tomorrow

The Disney Art Challenge (DAC) was created in 2013 by The Walt Disney Company France in partnership with RECA, the French Network of Animation Schools, to highlight the talent and creativity of French students in graphic arts.

Recognizing young talent is so important; these up-and-coming artists are the future of our medium. I love seeing the work of these fantastic students and am always inspired by their energy and fresh perspective.” indicates John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and President of the DAC Jury.

The competition has become a reference for tomorrow’s talent and offers the 3 winners the recognition of great animation artists, other professionals, and specialist journalists who are animation buffs, and also the Disney Art Challenge grant to help them complete their training. The winners will also receive a diploma and a trophy.

Over 1,000 students have taken part in the Disney Art Challenge since its creation.


Keynotes, Masterclasses, WIPs, Studio Focus… Exceptional Meetings, Magical Moments…: ANNECY 2017

Some big names from the animation industry, talented men and women from world-renowned studios have RSVP’d to come take part in Annecy 2017!

Men of many talents, filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski are also animators, sculptors, collagists, screenwriters, actors and artistic directors. In 1997, they founded Clyde Henry Productions in Montreal, a company specialised in multimedia, stop-motion animation and visual effects. The pair has earned praise for their award-winning work, which includes shorts, illustrations, music videos, ads and the cult comic strip The Untold Tales of Yuri Gagarin, published in VICE magazine.

They received an Oscar nomination for their short film Madame Tutli-Putli (NFB 2007). In 2010 they wrote and co-directed Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (Warner Bros, NFB) a Maurice Sendak adaptation featuring the voice of Meryl Streep.
Their latest film, Cochemare (PHI Films, 2013) received the award for Best Experimental Short Film at the Guanajuato International Film Festival.

A Masterclass from this duo is sure to be an extraordinary experience!

WIP – Work in Progress:

This Meeting format gives you the chance to catch an exclusive glimpse of a series or feature film that is, as the title suggests, a work in progress.

The Breadwinner (2D WIP Feature)
Adapted from the children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner (aka Parvana) tells the story of a little girl living in Afghanistan who dresses up as a boy so that she can work to support her family.
Directed by Nora Twomey – Produced by Aircraft Pictures (Canada), Cartoon Saloon (Ireland) and Melusine Productions (Luxembourg) – Executive Producer: Angelina Jolie

Ella, Oscar & Hoo (WIP TV)
Inspired by Theo de Marcousin and Academy Award-winner Michael Dudok de Wit’s enchanting books, the series follows Oscar, his cloudy pal Hoo and neighbour Ella in their daily life as kids. Each episode is based on an emotion. „Join this unlikely trio in their emotional adventures and make sure that every day is the Best Day Ever!

Preschool series, 52 x 11’ created by Michael Dudok de Wit and produced by Studio Normaal


A rare occasion to learn more about the creative and technical processes coming out of major animation studios and hear talents talk about their latest or upcoming creations.

Cartoon Network, Passion Pictures, The Foundry, Google, Ankama, Original Force and Pixar have already signed on.


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