11. April 2017 Johannes Wolters

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.


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