In the interest of strengthening the presence of animation at Cannes, the Marché du Film has teamed up with the Annecy Festival to create Animation Day. The program will feature the fourth Annecy Goes to Cannes presentation of five in-progress feature films, complimented by a panel discussion on adult animated film distribution.
Animation Day will be held Sunday, May 19 starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Olympia Cinema, theater 1 (5 rue d’Antibes).
“With the evolution of some models of distribution, we are seeing a higher level of permeability between different cinematographic genres,” said Jérome Paillard, Executive Director of the Marché du Film. “There are a number of sales agents, distributors and producers who are now interested in animation – and not only animation for children. I immediately wanted to partner with the Annecy Festival for this day, whose expertise in this domain is unparalleled.”
“I can only revel in this initiative that enables our two entities to bolster the visibility of animated films at Cannes, and to support this marvelous dynamic experienced by animation feature film. I am very grateful to Jérôme Paillard and the Marché du Film de Cannes for this collaboration that enables diverse professionals to seize the opportunities of an art that is constantly pushing boundaries,” commented Mickaël Marin, CEO, CITIA
Exclusive images, early animation, trailers and artwork from five feature films will be presented to distributors, investors and sales agents during the Annecy Goes to Cannes program. The participating films are:
Dragonkeeper – Spain/China – in production. Attending: Ignacio Ferreras (director), Jian-Ping Li (co-director), Manuel Cristobal (producer, Dragoia Media) and Weiwei Song (co-producer, China Film Animation)
Archipelago – Canada – in production. Attending: Félix Dufour-Laperrière (director) and Nicolas Dufour-Laperrière (producer, Embuscade films)
Samsam – France/Belgium – in production. Attending: Didier and Damien Brunner (producers, Folivari)
Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People – Brazil – in production. Attending: Cesar Cabral (director) and Ivan Melo (producer, Coala Filmes)
Yakari – France/Germany/Belgium – in production. Attending: Xavier Giacometti (director) and Maïa Tubiana (producer, Dargaud Media)
Entry with Marché du Film badge or by registration (first come, first seated).
The panel, The A-Z Game Plan to Releasing Adult Animated Films for the Big Screen, will gather producers, international sellers, distributors and operators to discuss the growing business of mature audience animation. Panelists will deliberate on how to make the best choices from scripting to release, the merits of specialized distributors, and the smart marketing practices that will support a successful cinema release. (Starts at 11:30 a.m.)