Annecy Big on Features

The 2007 edition of the Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival is putting a greater emphasis on feature films this year. In addition to increasing the number of features in competition from five to 10, festival organizers are creating a dedicated feature film jury, raised the number of awards for long-form entries and extended deadlines to March 15. The fest will be held June 11-16 in Annecy, France.

Along with the Cristal for Best Feature, official selections will be elibible for new special distinction and audience choice awards this year. For those entries that do not meet all of the selection requirements, there will be an out-of-competition category of screenings, and the number of screenings per film will increase to offer greater exposure and accessibility throughout the week.

Other initiatives intended to raise the profile of features at the fest include daily meetings between filmmakers and other professionals, including journalists and distributors, and programs designed to entice more distributors to attend the event.

Last year, French filmmaker Christian Volckman’s black-and-white CG noir thriller, Renaissance, took the top prize at Annecy. For information on submitting features, shorts and other animated productions for this year’s festival, go to www.annecy.org.