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Annecy Announces 23 Animated Features for 2013 Festival

Annecy, the longest-running and largest animation fesival, has announced the feature film selections for their upcoming festival in June. Nine films were chosen to compete for the Cristal award for feature film, which will be decided by a jury consisting of producer Didier Brunner (Les Armateurs), Cartoon Network exec Brian Miller and director Robert Morgan (The Cat with Hands, The Man in the Lower-Left Hand Corner of the Photograph). An additional fourteen features will screen out of competition.

Marcel Jean, the festival’s artistic director, said of this year’s feature selections:

“Many films have been created in a totally independent way, using traditional means, which illustrates the change in production habits that is opening the way for smaller companies and happening at the same moment as the production of digital 3D features is becoming more accessible. Japanese production has also particularly stood out through the number and quality of science fiction, horror or genre films.”

Feature Films—In Competition
  • Arjun, The Warrior Prince
    Directed by Arnab Chaudhuri (India)
  • Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey
    Directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka (Japan)
  • Jasmine
    Directed by Alain Ughetto (France)
  • Khumba
    Directed by Anthony Silverston (South Africa)
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
    Directed by Daniel St. Pierre and Will Finn (U.S.)
  • My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill
    Directed by Marc Boréal and Thibaut Chatel (France)
  • O Apóstolo
    Directed by Fernando Cortizo (Spain)
  • Pinocchio
    Directed by Enzo D’Alo (Italy, Luxembourg, France, Belgium)
  • Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury
    Directed by Luiz Bolognesi (Brazil)
Feature Films—Out of Competition
  • After School Midnighters
    Directed by Hitoshi Takekiyo (Japan)
  • Aya de Yopougon
    Directed by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie (France)
  • Blood-C: The Last Dark
    Directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani (Japan)
  • Buratino’s Return
    Directed by Ekaterina Mikhailova (Russia)
  • Consuming Spirits
    Directed by Christopher Sullivan (U.S.)
  • El Santos vs la Tetona Mendoza
    Directed by Alejandro Lozano (Mexico)
  • Gusuko-Budori no Denki
    Directed by Gisaburo Sugii (Japan)
  • It’s Such a Beautiful Day
    Directed by Don Hertzfeldt (U.S.)
  • One Piece Film Z
    Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine (Japan)
  • Persistence of Vision
    Directed by Kevin Schreck (U.S.)
  • Sakasama no Patema
    Directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Japan)
  • The Legend of Sarila
    Directed by Nancy Savard (Canada)
  • The Snow Queen
    Directed by Maxim Sveshnikov and Vladlen Barbe (Russia)
  • Tito on Ice
    Directed by Max Andersson and Helena Ahonen (Sweden)
  • Marco_Sensei

    Seriously… for me there is at least 2 films missing in this picture : “Ernest & Celestine” and “Ookami otoko, Ame to Yuki”…

    They say “Japanese production has also particularly stood out through the number and quality of science fiction, horror or genre films.” but all they put is Berserk 2nd movie in competition ? We all well know that this film as no chance what so ever to win the Cristal…

    “Gusuko-Budori no Denki” could have… but is out of competition… -_-

    And like I said, “Ookami Otoko, Ame to Yuki” it’s even there AT ALL… What is so wrong with Mamoru Hosoda’s film for not even let him on the Out of Competition category ?? >_<

    And then we got in competition films like Pinocchio, who had a very low entrance score in theater… And "Ernest & Celestine", who did 10 time more in theater in France than Pinocchio, is nowhere to be seen ? T_T

    Yes I know, public score isn't everything when it comes to judging a film… but we talk about a difference of 1 to 10, and just look at the trailer of both and you will know why.

    I just dont get it… -_-

    • Dave from GKIDS

      Ernest & Celestine played at Annecy last year as a special presentation, towards closing night…

    • Greg

      Ame to Yuki was also in Annecy last year, so all is well with the world!

      • jmahon

        I saw it recently- I need to chime in and say it’s one of the more emotionally affecting animated movies I’ve ever seen. I put it up there squarely beside Spirited Away, and if you like that movie, you MUST see Wolf Children Ame and Yuki. It’s an experience.

  • James Madison

    Good to see Persistence of Vision by Kevin Schreck listed. POV was a great documentary.

  • Who and What causes a film to be “in competition” or “out of competition”?

    • AmidAmidi

      As with any other film festival, it’s the film selection committee, which is either an individual or group of people.

  • Marco_Sensei

    For the Selection Commitee, up to 2011 it was composed by several Animation proffessionnals for each category ( Long, Short, TV… ). But in 2012 this method was remplaced by a new approach : they all come from the CITIA (Cité de l’Image en Mouvement).

    “Monster University” is still on the Annecy Website as the Opening movie… But this doesn’t count in any category.

    Since years I’ve been asking myself if that was really the wish of the big US studios to be exclued from the competition. Almost the same with Japanese big Studios. ( and those are the 2 biggest “Anime Nation” in the world, in terms of production )

    Sure they have lots of previews, special projections, Making Off, Master Class, Work in Progress and cool stuff like that…

    But almost never in competition…

    For exemple when was the last time a Japanese movie won the Cristal ?… If I checked the Annecy Archive correctly : Pompoko… in 1993. 20 years ago.

    Seem very odd to me that in 20 years there is no Japanese Animation Movie that could have win a Cristal. Ghibli’s directors, Satochi Kon, Mamoru Hosoda, Katsuhiro Otomo, and so many other… Not worthy of a Cristal ?

    Same for Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks,…

    Maybe it’s a choice to make the competition “more open” you know… I’m just guessing at this point.

    If someone got a better answer ( even better, an official one would be nice. ^_^ ), feel free to enlighten us.