9. Juni 2019 Johannes Wolters

Annecy 2019: Female Directors in the Official Selection

Only one year after signing the 5050×2020 charter, the Annecy Festival affirms its commitments to reveal a gender parity selection committee and a primarily feminine jury.

A few figures from the Official Selection

We notice that 38% of the professional Short Films submitted were directed or co-directed by women, and these films represent 40% of the selected works in this category.

In the Graduation Films category, 66% of the submitted films were directed or co-directed by women, and these films represent 64.5% of the selected films.

Women are however still less present in the TV production sector as they head less than a third of the selected films (28% of submitted films for 33% of the selected films), but the trend balances out in the Commissioned Films category where 43% of films selected were directed or co-directed by women (for 34% of submitted films).

Overall the parity deficit is most notable in feature film production where barely 10% of submitted films are directed or co-directed by women, and they sign only 12% of the selected films.

Feature Films in Competition

Marona Fantastic Tale by Anca Damian
After winning the Cristal for a Feature Film in 2012 for her documentary Crulic – the Path to Beyond, the Romanian director is back in competition.
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The Swallows of Kabul by Zabou Breitman and Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec
The film was presented by the two directors at last year’s Festival during a Work in Progress session.
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VR Works in competition

Two projects were co-directed by women: The Scream VR by Sandra Paugam, a documentary that brings Munch’s thoughts and painting to life, and The Lost Botanist, by Ree Treweek, a short film in which the spectator must save the world and restore harmony.

For the third consecutive year, the Women in Animation association, alongside Les Femmes s’Animent, introduce the International Meetings of Women in Animation on the first day of the Festival. A day of meetings around the topic of belonging: the desire of personally being accepted, respected, included and supported in a professional environment.

Several international panelists, women and men of all generations, will give their opinions on the current situation and their visions for the future.

WIA

Some of the topics to be raised: how do you support students in animation, how do you create an environment conducive to a sense of belonging, or what’s the changing face of Hollywood animation directors? The day will close with a Keynote, 4:45-5:45 pm, led by the actress and producer Julie Gayet, jury member this year.

In attendance: Margaret Dean (WIA, Crunchyroll), Margie Cohn (President of DreamWorks Animation), Jill Culton (Director of Abominable, DreamWorks Animation), Natalie Nourigat (Director, Walt Disney Animation Studios), Kristine Belson (President of Sony Pictures Animation), Allison Abbate (Executive Vice President, Warner Animation Group), Andrea Miloro (Co-president, Fox Animation)…

From Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th June there will be Les Femmes d’Animent and Women in Animation Breakfasts, in collaboration with the CNC and Causette, at the Mifa Chill Out Area, 8:30-10:00 am.

Côté Mifa…

Wednesday 12th June at 11:00 am, the CNC is organising a panel discussion entitled What About the Boys?, in partnership with Causette and Les Femmes s’Animent. It will focus on male characters, who likewise must battle against stereotypes and be reconsidered in a universe where gender equity is now required.
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Studio Focus: Creator and Executive Producer, Dana Terrace, will reveal a first glimpse of her series The Owl House before it launches globally on Disney Channel Monday 10th June at 6:00 pm, at the Impérial Palace, salle de l’Europe
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Masterclass: Danielle Diego, Head of Music for 20th Century Fox, will share her experience as a studio music executive and how she interprets a filmmaker’s vision, Tuesday 11th at 2:30 pm, Bonlieu Petite salle
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DreamWorks Animation Screening Event: the first shots as a world premiere of Abominable, directed by Jill Culton. Following an introduction by Margie Cohn, President of the studio and Peilin Chou, Creative Director of Pearl Studio. Tuesday 11th at 4:00 pm, Bonlieu Grande salle
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WIP TV: Brazen, directed by Charlotte Cambon de Lavalette and Phuong Mai Nguyen, inspired by Pénélope Bagieu’s comic books, Wednesday 12th at 2:00 pm, salle Pierre Lamy
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Sony Pictures Animation Studio Focus: a conversation about the studio’s future, led by their President Kristine Belson, and Vice-president Katie Baron, Wednesday 12th at 2:00 pm, Impérial Palace, salle de l’Europe
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WIP Feature Film: Even Mice Belong in Heaven, co-directed by Denisa Grimmová, Thursday 13th at 11:30 am, salle Pierre Lamy
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DreamWorks Animation Television Studio Focus: Margie Cohn, President of DreamWorks Animation, will introduce a discussion on the three series produced by the studio, including She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, which will be presented by her Executive Producer Noelle Stevenson. Thursday 13th at 2:00 pm, Impérial Palace, salle de l’Europe
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Disney Screening Event: The world premiere of the first images of Frozen 2, directed by Jennifer Lee et Chris Buck, in the presence of Becky Bresee (Head of Animation), Friday 14th at 10:30 am, Bonlieu Grande salle
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Making of: Rebecca Sugar will reveal behind-the-scenes of the series Steven Universe, broadcast on Cartoon Network and Emmy Awards nominated, Friday 14th at 4:30 pm, salle Pierre Lamy
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Masterclass: four young Japanese filmmakers – including the director Sarina Nihei – will talk about their influences, production conditions making short films in Japan and their visions for the future, Friday 14th at 4:30 pm, Bonlieu Petite salle
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Screening Event: Hello World!, directed by Anne-Lise Koehler and Éric Serre, Friday 14th at 5:00 pm, Pathé 2 room
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