If you’re missing the friendly crowds at animation events and their virtual editions aren’t scratching your social itch, Animation Hotline may help. The new podcast bills itself as “a voicemail for lonely animators.” In practice, it is a lovely patchwork of intimate testimonies from artists around the world, which has warmed the heart of this lonely journalist.
The premise is simple: in each episode, one animation filmmaker delivers a short monologue about their current projects and general experience of this strangest of years. Some branch off into others subjects on their mind, be it Boris Labbé praising the medieval Japanese novel The Tale of Genji or Lori Malépart-Traversy speaking candidly about her recent burnout. Two episodes are released every week, one in French, one in English — listen to them all here.
Animation Hotline is the brainchild of Clémence Bragard, a programmer and events manager from France. As the artistic director of the National Animation Film Festival in Rennes, Bragard felt the full implications of the pandemic back in early April, when the festival became one of the first to move online. Shortly after, Annecy Festival, where she serves as a programmer and moderator, did the same.