The organizers of the prestigious Annecy Festival of Animation unveiled the list of the features competing in the 2011 edition of the event (June 6-11) earlier today. The nine nominated movies are:
- Ferrnando Trueba and Javier Mariscal’s Chico and Rita (Spain)
- Keiichi Hara’s Colorful (Japan)
- Esben Toft Jacobsen’s Den Kaempestore Bjorn (Denmark)
- Mi-sun Park, Eun Young Park, Joo Young Ban, Jae-Ho Lee and Hyun-Jin Lee’s Jib (South Korea)
- Luc Vinciguerra’s Santa’s Apprentice (France)
- Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux’s The Rabbi’s Cat (France)
- Jae-hoon An and Hye-jin Han’s Sojunghan Nare Kkum’ (South Korea)
- Masayuki Kojima’s Tibetan Dog (Japan)
- Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s Un Vie de Chat [A Cat’s Life] (Beligium)
The six films shown outside the main competition banner of the festival are Li-jun Sun’s Bateelaer Saga (China), Phil Mulloy’s Goodbye Mister Charlie (U.K.), Keita Kurosaka’s Midori-ko (Japan), Fernando Cortizo’s O Apostle (Spain), Kozo Morishita’s Tezuka Osamu no Buddha (Japan) and Antoine Charreyron’s The Prodigies (France, Luxembourg, Belgium).
As always, the festival offers numerous chances to catch the best animated shorts made by artists from all over the world. This year there are 42 short films, 59 gradution films, 37 TV series, two TV specials, four educational shorts, 21 commercials and seven music videos in the competition line-up.
Among the eclectic lineup of TV series competing this year are Angelina Ballerina, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Bob the Builder, Cloud Bread, Generator Rex, The Little Prince, Log Jam, T.U.F.F. Puppy, The Amazing World of Gumball, The Octonauts and Star Wars: Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III.
BLU’s Big Bang Big Boom (Italy), Nigel Davies’ Blind Date (U.K.), Jordao Viegas and Nelson Martins’ Conto do vento (Portugal), Patrick Doyon’s Dimanche (Canada), Jody Kramer’s Don’t Tell Santa You’re Jewish (Canada), Kirk Hendry’s Junk (U.K.), Joan Gratz’s Kubla Khan (U.S.), Pierre Ducos and Bertrand Bey’s La Détente (France), Timothy and Stephen Quay’s Maska (Poland), Patrick Jean’s Pixels (France) and Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata’s Something Left, Something Borrowed (U.S.) are a few of the narrative shorts up for the prestigious Annecy Palmares. This year’s showcased country is the U.S. festival’s artistic director is Serge Bromberg. For more info about this one-of-a-kind French toon event, visit www.annecy.org.