Annecy Unveils Eclectic ’08 Lineup

The organizers of the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival have announced the lineup for this year’s edition (June 9-14). This year, 1,866 projects were submitted to the world-famous festival (40 features, 718 short films, 159 TV series, 25 TV specials, 36 educational/scientific projects, 139 animated ads, 94 music videos and 656 student graduation efforts).

Nine animated features are part of the official selections in 2008: Shinji Aramaki’s Appleseed: Ex Machina, Guillaume Ivernel and Arthur Quak’s Dragon Hunters, Hayo Freitag’s The Three Robbers, Bill Plympton’s Idiots & Angels, Adria Garcia and Victor Maldonado’s Nocturna, Christian Hinicker’s Fear[s] of the Night, Masayuki Kojima’s Piano no Mori, Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues and Olivier Jean-Marie’s Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure.

The Short Film category will screen 42 projects by animators from around the world. Among them are Sally Ann Arthur’s A-Z, Christelle Soutif’s Arrosez Les Bien!, Denni Tupicoff’s Chainsaw, Brend Dawe’s Because You’re Gorgeous, Arthur Metcalf’s Fantaisie in Bubblewrap, Jo Lawrence’s Glow, Bill Plympton’s Hot Dog, Kunio Kato’s La Maison En Petits Cubes, Bryan Larson’s My Little Angel, Matthew Walker’s Operator, Mike Roush’s The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl, and Elizabeth Hobbs’ The Old, Old, Very Old Man. Young British animator Matthew Walker placed two shorts in this category: John and Karen and Operator.

Among the more widely recognized titles running in the TV series category are Nickelodeons’ Avatar, MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch, Alphanim’s Hairy Scary, Zinkia/Granada’s Pocoyo, LOGO’s Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World, Nickelodeon’s Tak and the Power of Juju and Studio Film Bilder’s The Bunjies.

For more info about the festival, visit www.annecy.org.