Annecy Picks Revealed

Organizers of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival have released the list of feature films to be included in year’s event in Annecy, France. Taking place June 11-16, the fest will include screenings of the features Flushed Away from Aardman Animations and DreamWorks Animation, Satoshi Kon’s Paprika from Madhouse and Sony Pictures, Michel Ocelot’s Azur et Asmar from Nord-Ouest Prods., K’ichi Chigira’s Brave Story from Gonzo and Warner Bros., as well as several lesser-known gems.

The competition program will also include 51 animated short films, including Luis Cook’s Aardman short The Pearce Sisters (U.K.), Serge Elissalde’s L’homme de la lune (France), Suzie Templeton’s Peter and the Wolf (U.K.), PES’ Game Over (U.S.), Yun Ting Ruan’s White Snake (China), The Blackheart Gang’s The Tale of How (South Africa) and Francisco Ruiz’s BLUR short A Gentlemen’s Duel. An additional 47 shorts were selected for the panorama screenings, including Bill Plympton’s Shut-Eye Hotel (U.S.), Youngwoong Jang’s Mirage (U.S.) and Diane Obomswain’s Ici par ici (Here and There) (Canada).

In the televsion category, high-profile selections include recent Cartoons on the Bay winners Charlie and Lola (Tiger Aspect Prods.), Miniscule (Futurikon) and Ruby Gloom (Nelvana). Aardman gets in again with the Shaun the Sheep, while Cartoon Network favorites Camp Lazlo and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends also make the cut.

Other categories include Educational, Scientific or Industrial, Advertising, Music Video and Graduation Films. A full list of films chosen by the selection committee can be viewed at www.annecy.org.