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.

Paukenschlag aus Annecy: Festival gibt Masterclass mit Guillermo del Toro bekannt!

Pressemitteilung, 6. April 2016:

Annecy is proud to announce a Masterclass event featuring award-winning master storyteller Guillermo del Toro as he reflects on his prolific career leading up to the world’s first glimpse at his latest creation, DreamWorks Trollhunters, debuting later this year.

A Storied Career:

Guillermo del Toro’s work as a director, screenwriter, filmmaker, producer and author is incredibly extensive and varied, ranging from novels to comic books and television to imaginative feature films. Throughout his career, he has consistently had a strong connection and lifelong fascination with fantastical creatures and in DreamWorks Trollhunters he has created vast and vibrant worlds with complex human and troll characters that create a cinematic television experience.

A First Look
Slated to premiere as a Netflix original series in 2016, DreamWorks Trollhunters will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around the residents of the fictional suburb of Arcadia who make a startling discovery that the world beneath their hometown is as vast and mind-blowing as anything on the surface. A global must-see viewing event for the entire family, DreamWorks Trollhunters will bring viewers of all ages around the world into the rich and creative mind of Guillermo del Toro.
Guillermo del Toro will join us during a Masterclass on Wednesday 15th June at 4 pm


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