Shrek, Chomet and Besson Set to Shine at Annecy

Screenings of Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, a ‘work-in-progress’ sneak peek at Luc Besson’s feature The Mechanics of the Heart and the European premiere of DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek Forever After are all part of the star-studded 50th Anniversary Edition of the Annecy Intl. Animation Festival, which takes place June 7-14. John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Nick Park are all expected to attend this year’s landmark edition, according to Variety.

Other well-known titles in the spotlight this year are Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and Gabor Csupo (Rugrats) new feature The Immigrants. Among other noteworthy movies getting the ‘work in progress’ treatment are Une Vie de Chat, (A Cat’s Day Night) Folimage’s 2-D animated thriller directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli and Patrice Leconte’s animated musical Le Magasin des Suicide (The Suicide Shop).

Annecy will also showcase the traditional mix of brilliant animated shorts and TV projects competing for the grand Cristal prize. Bill Plympton’s latest short The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger, Jean-Claude Rozec’s Sacred Monster, Jonathan Dunleavy’s Crash Bang Wallow, and the Oscar-winning Logorama (directed by Ludovic Houplain, Herve de Crecy and Francois Alaux) are among the many titles appearing in the shorts category. On the TV front: Pete Circuitt’s Yes Virginia, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang’s The Gruffalo and Pierre-Luc Granjon’s Le Printemps de Melie are appearing on the specials ballot, while Dragons and Princesses, Marvo the Wonder Chicken, Fun With Claude, Little Krishna, Olivia, The Wonder Pets! and The Marvellous Misdaventures of Flapjack are some of the better-known titles in the best series category.

The festival will release the list of the animated features running in and out of the competition in the next few weeks. For a complete list of nominated projects, visit www.annecy.org.