25. Mai 2019 Johannes Wolters

Annecy 2019: Top-Notch Meetings! XR //JAPAN // FRANCE //NETFLIX

Keynotes, Studio Focus, Conferences, Work in Progress, and much more… Major names in animation share their experiences at Annecy 2019!


Eric Darnell, co-director of Madagascar and Antz, and former DreamWorks Head of Character Technology, Larry Cutler, embarked on an exploration into immersive and interactive animation creating Baobab Studios nearly four years ago. In their pursuit to make you, the viewer, matter, Baobab has earned 6 Emmy Awards and the first-ever Annie Award for a VR production. Learn from their decades of experiments with art and technology… from the beginning days of CG animation to the new frontier of VR.
Thursday 13, 6:15pm-7:30pm
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Other new encounters from XR@Annecy:

An incredible Making-of that brings together the directors for films selected to compete in the VR Works category: a unique discussion about animation’s place in their creative endeavors.
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Two exclusive virtual reality Work in Progress: Dislocation by Milivoj Popović and Veljko Popović (Production: Lemonade3d/Krupni Kadar, Bagan Films), and Mirror by Pierre Zandrowicz (Production: Atlas V, Fauns, Versus Production).

Four XR conferences on dealing with the challenges involved in writing, producing, financing, and distributing immersive animated works.
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The guest of honor at this 2019 edition, the animator Yôichi Kotabe, will present a Masterclass on Monday 10th at 2:30 pm at the Bonlieu Petite salle. He will also participate in a Making of about the series Marco by Isao Takahata that he collaborated on as Head of Character Design and Head of Animation. Taking place on Friday 14th June at 2:00 pm Salle Pierre Lamy.
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Three years after Your Name, the new fetaure film from Makoto Shinkai, Weathering with You (produced by TOHO CO., LTD., CoMix Wave Films, Inc. and Story Inc., distributed by TOHO CO., LTD.), will be presented during a Work in Progress Friday 14th at 7:30 pm.
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The conference is about „Japanese Animation on the International Stage: On the Eve of a New Boom?„. Japanese animation is admired worldwide, enjoying a golden age over the last 30 years thanks to iconic directors such as Miyasaki and Takahata. The industry is now at a turning point, facing a double challenge: both by renewing generations and talents, and opening up onto the international scene through numerous types of collaborations.
See you on Wednesday 12th at 9:00 am, Impérial Palace, salle de l’Europe.


This year at Annecy, a large majority of the Work in Progress are co-productions or French projects:

Monday 10th

2:00-3:15 pm: Vanille (WIP TV)
Directed by Guillaume Lorin – Production: Folimage and Nadasdy Film – Distribution: Folimage – Diffusion: France Télévisions and CANAL+ SA

Tuesday 11th

11:30 am-12:45 pm: Josep (WIP Feature)
Directed by AUREL – Production: Les Films d’Ici Méditerranée, Les Films du poisson rouge, Lunanime BVBA, EJT-Labo, laboratoire d’écriture et d‘images – Distribution: Sophie Dulac Distribution – Diffusion: France 3

2:00-3:15 pm: Do Re & Mi (WIP TV)
Directed by Fabien Ouvrard – Production: Gaumont Animation, Amazon Studios – Distribution: Gaumont International Television – Diffusion: Amazon

Wednesday 12th

11:30 am-12:45 pm: Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary (WIP Feature)
Directed by Rémi Chayé – Production: Maybe Movies, Norlum, 2 Minutes, France 3 Cinéma – Distribution: Gebeka Films, Angel Films A/S, Indie Sales Company

2:00-3:45 pm: Brazen (WIP TV)
Directed by Phuong Mai Nguyen & Charlotte Cambon de Lavalette – Production: Silex Films – Distribution: MIAM! animation – Diffusion: France Télévisions

Thursday 13th

11:30 am-12:45 pm: Even Mice Belong in Heaven (WIP Feature)
Directed by Denisa Grimmová & Jan Bubeníček – Production: Les Films du Cygne, Fresh Films, Panache Productions, CinemArt SK, Animoon Sp. – Distribution: Charades, Gebeka Films, CinemArt, M2 Films Poland – Diffusion: Czech TV, RTVS (Radio and Television of Slovakia)

Friday 14th

11:30 am-12:45 pm: Flee (WIP Feature)
Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen – Production: Sun Creature Studio, Final Cut for Real, Vivement Lundi!, Most Film – Distribution: Cinephil Distribution & Co Productions – Diffusion: Arte France, VPRO Television, DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), RTV Slovenija, Yle Center Helsinkih


As part of this meeting series, Netflix will present:

Two Studio Focus

Netflix Original Anime: A Celebration of Anime and a Look Ahead
Netflix will showcase the exceptional diversity of high-quality original Japanese animation, and exclusively, behind the scenes of current projects, and those in the pipeline.
Thoose present: Shinji Aramaki (Creative Director – Sola Digital Arts), Kenji Kamiyama (Director), LeSean Thomas (Producer, Director, Writer and Animator), Justin Leach (Executive Producer), Christophe Ferreira (Lead Concept Designer), Manabu Otsuka (PDG – MAPPA Co., LTD)
Rendezvous Tuesday 11th at 6 :00 pm, Impérial Palace, salle de l’Europe
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Netflix Animation: A Studio Without Borders
Join four series and feature films’ creators: Kris Pearn (Director), Malenga Mulendema (Creator), Hitoshi Mogi (Creator), Elizabeth Ito (Creator).
They will share their passion for their future projects, Wednesday 12th 4:00-5:15 pm
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Two Work in Progress

Wednesday 12th
9:30-10:45 am: Klaus (WIP Feature)
Directed by Sergio Pablos – Production: The SPA Studios – Distribution: Netflix
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Thursday 13th
14:00- 3:15 pm: Eden (WIP TV)
Directed by Yasuhiro Irie – Production: Netflix, Qubic Pictures, CGCG Inc., Nice Boat Animation, Wolf Smoke – Distribution: Netflix
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