Event Updates: Omicron Delays Kidscreen Live, FanExpo PDX

Organizers of the Kidscreen Summit 2022 (https://summit.kidscreen.com/2022/) have opted to delay the planned live event in Miami, Florida due to the impact of the Omicron COVID variant on travel and concerns over in-person gatherings. Originally slated for mid February, the Summit has been rescheduled for July 18-21 at the InterContinental Miami. Attendees must be fully vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 daily, masks must be worn indoors and more outdoor meeting space will be allocated. Kidscreen Summit Virtual will run as planned March 7-11, offering a week of virtual panels, presentations, Q&A and networking formats.

FanExpo Portland's Artists Alley, in simpler times.
FanExpo Portland’s Artists Alley, in simpler times.

On the opposite coast, the formerly Wizard World branded FanExpo Portland (https://fanexpohq.com/fanexpoportland) in Oregon has been canceled for 2022 over pandemic safety concerns. The event will return in 2023, and admissions tickets will roll over or be refunded; refunds will be issued for autograph, photo op and special event tickets. The news comes just as FanExpo New Orleans kicks off Friday, with 30,000 fans expected to attend this first in the organizers’ long list of conventions across the U.S and Canada this year.

COVID-19 cases in Portland’s Multnomah/Washington counties and surroundings more than doubled between Nov. 28 and Dec. 26 to nearly 16,000, according to County Public Health. FanExpo spotlights hot titles, talents and creators from the comics, gaming, anime, cosplay and genre entertainment spheres.

Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane


MyFrenchFilmFestival (www.myfrenchfilmfestival.com/en/) is back online for 2022, offering 30 feature films and shorts subtitled into 10 languages and available worldwide between January 14 and February 14. The fest released its official trailer and program this week. The 2022 selection is divided into thematic sections that reflect the diversity and vitality of French-language cinema, including “French and Furious,” “Bold Youth,” “Troubled Identities,” “A Cinema of Desire,” “Night Tales,” “Voyage, Voyage” and the “Kids Corner” of animated shorts, which includes:

  • Astralium by Lucie Andouche
  • Mido and the Instrumals by Roman Guillanton
  • Eye for an Eye by Thomas Boileau, Alan Guimont, Robin Courtoise, Mathieu Lecroq, Malcolm Hunt and François Briantais
  • Treasure by Alexandre Manzanares, Guillaume Cosenza, Philipp Merten and Silvan Moutte-Roulet

Additional animated gems can be found throughout, including Caroline Cherrier’s short Horatio (French & Furious), Léoluna Robert-Tourneur’s debut Hold Me Tight (Cinema of Desire) and Rémi Chayé’s acclaimed feature Calamity Jane (Voyage, Voyage).

Additional updates:

  • ACE set a new date and venue for 72nd Eddie Awards, to be held March 5 at the Ace Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles — at 50% capacity and following COVID guidelines. Previously scheduled for Feb. 26, the awards will be followed by an after-party at Clifton’s Republic. Submissions now open (https://americancinemaeditors.org/)
  • GDC 2022 reunites the games industry live at San Francisco’s Moscone Center and online from March 21-25. Online Only All Access includes 100+ sessions, including Main STage and IGF & GDCA Awards as well as live chat, networking, meetings and access to exhibitor profiles. (https://gdconf.com/)
  • Kosovo’s Anibar animation festival, taking place live in Peja and online July 23-30, is calling for entries to the film competition. Awards include International, Balkan and Student shorts, Best Feature, Human Rights and Music Video. Deadline: March 31, 2022. (https://filmfreeway.com/AnibarAnimationFestival)
  • Annecy (June 13-18) is still accepting submissions for the 2022 MIFA Pitches, seeking animated short, feature, series/TV specials and immersive projects. Deadline: Feb. 8, 2022. (www.annecy.org/take-part/submit-a-project)
  • SIGGRAPH 2022 is also calling for creative and cutting edge additions to its program, including Art Papers (deadline: Jan. 21), Technical Papers (Jan. 27) and Art Gallery submission (Feb. 1). The confab will take place in Vancouver, BC Aug. 8-11. (https://s2022.siggraph.org/submit-to-siggraph/)




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