Annecy has unveiled more programming for what is set to be its first hybrid edition, taking place on June 14–19. Those who can make it to the Alpine town in France will be presented with in-person screenings and industry events, while the rest of us — Cartoon Brew’s team included — will tune into the online platform, like at last year’s all-virtual festival.
The program is a mix of elements carried over from 2020’s disrupted edition and new events. Last year marked the 60th anniversary of this longest-running of animation festivals, but the birthday celebrations will be held this time around. The festival has said that in-person attendance will be capped at 5,000 participants, which is 60% less than the pre-pandemic high.
“The 60th — the screening,” which will take place onsite, will feature a line-up of one-minute shorts by 11 Annecy-winning directors, a short by Bruno Bozzetto that played in competition at the inaugural edition in 1960, and the world premiere of the Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) short film Far From the Tree.