1. Juni 2021 Johannes Wolters

The Annecy Festival Reveals its Juries and the Final Part of the Official Selection

Annecy 2021, Countdown D-15!

Just 15 days away from an exceptional edition (on-site and online), Annecy reveals the members of its juries and completes its programme.

Special Programmes, Previews and Conferences complete the Annecy 2021 offer. One thing is certain, the week starting 14th June will be rich in animations!

Among the juries this year, the Festival’s former Artistic Director who worked for Annecy for nearly 15 years, Serge BROMBERG (Producer – Lobster Films – France), will be in the company of Caroline VIÉ (Journalist – 20 Minutes – France) and Rémi CHAYÉ (Director – France, Winner of the 2020 Cristal for a Feature Film, Calamity, A Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary) to assign the Cristal in the Feature Film category!

And among the pairs in the other categories the directors Éléa GOBBÉ-MÉVELLEC, Jean-Charles MBOTTI MALOLO, Theodore USHEV, also winners at Annecy and also Louise GARCIA from Annecy.

Find all the Juries here!

Eagerly Awaited Special Programmes

Midnight Specials: „almost“ late-night screenings but just as delirious as ever!

Absolute must see: a chainsaw-wheedling George Washington teams up with his best beer-buddy Sam Adams to bring down the English in America (distributed by Netflix), a tongue-in-cheek satire on the American Revolution.

Another thrill: The Spine of Night by Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King, is an epic fantasy that was screened at the South by Southwest Festival, or SXSW, reminiscent of Ralph Bakshi’s work that redesigned adult animation film from the ‘70s.

And Canvas by Ryan Guiterman, a horror drama where a journalist and FBI agent have trouble with a demon murderer.

The WTF Programme, led by our programmer Sébastien Sperer, is back! An off-the-wall contemptuous programme, not for the faint-hearted!

Midnight Specials, catch them every evening, 8:30 pm, at the Pathé d’Annecy.

Annecy Classics: Timeless Films that Have Made their Mark on Animation’s History

The documentary Claydream (presented at Sundance 2021) is a modern fantasy. It retraces Will Vinton’s career, considered as the father of Claymation, he revolutionized the world of animation in the 1980s and ‘90s. When Vinton picks up a ball of clay, he sees infinite possibilities…

Check out the programme!!!


2 Must-See Previews!

Previews, the new format launched in 2020, gives you the chance to come and meet leading directors and discover exclusive clips of their films before they are released internationally.

In 2020, festivalgoers had the possibility of viewing, among others, clips from Vanille, Even Mice Belong in Heaven, and Yakari.

In 2021, we will find Inu-Oh, the new film, presented last year as a WIP, by Masaaki Yuasa (Ride Your Wave, in competition at Annecy 2019, Lou Over the Wall, Cristal for a Feature Film in 2017) and Space Jam 2 by Malcolm D. Lee (Warner Studios).

The 2021 Professional Conferences, A Laboratory Full of Ideas!

Be inspired and stimulate your ideas about contemporary and future animation issues by attending the ten online Festival Conferences.

Discover the perspectives and advice from around fifty esteemed speakers, such as Tomm Moore, Michael Dudok de Wit and Sofia Alexander who will talk about the influences of Japanese animation on their creations, and Félicie Haymoz, Deborah Cook, Emron Grover and Neysa Bove who will fuse the bridge between fashion and animation.

On the programme


  • The Animation Industry Confronted with the Environmental Challenge: Editorial Approaches and Good Production Practices
  • Digital Doubles and „Virtual Beings“: Technology at the Heart of Acting
  • Bringing your IP to Life, from Screen to Reality
  • Understand African Animation: Collaboration at the Heart of Today’s and Tomorrow’s Strategies > Focus: Training & Technologies


  • The Influence of Japanese Animation on International Animated Creation
  • Dressed Up and As Animated As Ever!
  • Mobile First: How Do You Create Native Mobile Content?


  • Inclusion and Representation: Animation Takes a Stand
  • Drawing Teenagers and Young Adults Back to the Cinema: Could Animation be the Driving Force Behind a New Generation of Moviegoers?
  • Understand African Animation: Collaboration at the Heart of Today’s and Tomorrow’s Strategies > Focus: Business, Production and Distribution

Check out the Programme


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