SOMETHING TO GET ANIMATED ABOUT THIS WEEK AT EIFF
Gather round for Iain Gardner's animated words on winning some awards at the Annecy International Animation Festival last weekend, ahead of a week of excellent animated film at EIFF.
This time last week I was Easy-Jetting off to the South of France to attend the Annecy International Animation Festival for a couple of nights before EIFF’s 70th edition kicked off. Annecy has been host to an animation festival since 1960, and is firmly established as the essential international gathering place for both the presentation of animated film and its international marketplace MIFA.
I was attending the Festival largely out of self-interest, as the conference hosted an event best 2D practice. On the panel was Peter Dodd, animation director on the highly anticipated British feature Ethel & Ernest which will be released later this year, which I also had the honour of animating on.
Whilst there, I managed to represent EIFF in MIFA’s MEET THE FILM FESTIVALS event; speed dating with representatives from various international territories; I managed to clock up conversations with Georgia, Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Canada, Norway, Argentina, Germany, France, Bratislava and New Zealand. Fortunately, for many of these countries I was able to report that we had representation of their area in our showcase of International Animation, screening on 21 June at 4.15pm in Filmhouse 1.
I was unable to stay until the end of Annecy’s celebration of animation, which wrapped with its Awards Ceremony on Saturday night; the day we presented the UK premiere of Pixar’s Finding Dory, which also broke the record for the most successful launch of an animated film in the US over the weekend.
I’m delighted to report that films getting their UK Premiere in EIFF’s International Animation were awarded two of the main prizes at Annecy; the Cristal for a Short Film went to Franck Dion’s The Head Vanishes whilst Peripheria by David Coquard-Dassault not only attained the coveted Audience Award, but also the André-Martin Award for a French Short Film.
You can also take the opportunity to see the UK Premiere of Igor Kovalyov’s Before Love in our International Animation programme which was awarded the Grand Prix from the Holland Animation Film Festival earlier in the year.
Some of our selections for the McLaren Award for Best British Animation have also been making waves. Felix Massie’s Rain or Shine featuring in McLaren 1 on Wednesday got a write up in Variety after its presentation at Annecy. We’ll be screening a theatrical version of the film which was actually created as a 360° interactive film for Google Spotlight. Felix and producer Mariano Melman will be demonstrating this immersive format within our industry programme on 23 June at 2.30pm in Traverse 2.
Weather pending, our visiting animators will be on a jaunt over Arthur’s Seat on Thursday morning, so if you’d like to meet them and have sensible shoes, please come along – check #AnimatorsSeizeTheSeat on twitter for updates about the weather – which is looking ‘mostly cloudy’ according to current forecasts.
There’s a lot of incredible animation to see this week, culminating in Five Animated Years of Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson - our celebration of the Scottish dynamic double act (see my earlier blog!). I hope to see you there!