I’m back. Thanks to Jerry for holding down the fort and keeping the Brew updated while I was having an awesome time in Marseille and Annecy.
I’m pretty sure that I saw less films at this year’s Annecy animation festival than at any other festival I’ve ever attended before. And yet, I ended up learning more than ever about what’s happening throughout the animation community. Living in the insular and industry-driven Los Angeles animation world, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there’s a huge world of cartoons beyond Burbank. Annecy is a wonderful place to connect with this broader animation world, and to discover artists and films from all over. No doubt I’ll be sharing plenty of Annecy discoveries here on Cartoon Brew over the coming months.
While I recover from an exhilarating and inspiring week filled with leisurely cafe lunches, late-night parties, tasty picnics and boat races, I thought it’d be a nice idea to share some photos from the festivities because, after all, an animation festival is only as good as the people attending it. The photos below represent only a fraction of the people I spent time with at Annecy, but it should offer a taste of the incredible gathering of talent at the festival. (Note: People in the photos are identified left to right.)