Animation Nights New York, in partnership with Alamo On Demand, will present its 5th ANNY Best of Fest online from Saturday, November 13 through Saturday, November 20. Films will be available to stream on the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s VOD platform, while filmmaker Q&As and Industry Presentations will be hosted on ANNY’s webXR and Zoom. Guests can also hop online for mixer events held in the ANNY Virtual Events Space.
Industry jurors selected 20 films as ANNY Best of Fest Winners from 174 in-competition films featured at the monthly screening events over its fifth and sixth seasons. The ANNY Best of Fest Grand Prize Film Winner, AFA Award, VR and Game Awards will be announced during festival week.
Jurors included Cat Gulácsy (Calling All Talent, LLC), Margaret Dean (Skybound / Women in Animation), Delphine Selles-Alvarez (FIAF), Elliot Cowan (Independent Animator), James Belfer (Cartuna), Pilar Newton (Independent Animator), Wayne Gilbert (VanArts), Aagje Van Damme (Independent Animator), Chris Perkins (Animation for Adults), Olga Polukhina (IGDA NYC) and Tom Sito (University of Southern California). The programming was organized by curator Chitra Roy.
In addition to 5th ANNY Best of Fest animation screenings, ANNY is hosting industry events in its web-based virtual reality space. (No headset is required. Platform is accessible on PC/Mac/mobile.) Industry roundtable discussions and networking events will be hosted by its talent connect initiative, ANNY Exchange.
Film Program 1
(Approx. 100 minutes, includes intermission.)
- Egg. Martina Scarpelli. France, 12:07.
- Panta Rhei. Wouter Bongaerts. Belgium, 10:14.
- Almost There. Nelly Michenaud. United Kingdom, 08:44.
- Mouse. Noah Mauchly. United States, 19:41.
- Lines of Oblivion. Paola Cubillos. Belgium, 04:03..
- Genius Loci. Adrien Mérigeau. France, 16:20.
- Alef B’Tamuz. Yael Reisfeld. Israel, 05:58.
- Ooze. Kilian Vilim. Switzerland, 05:29.
- The Man in the Box. Ale Borges, Alvaro Furloni, Guilherme Gehr. Brazil, 19:17.
Film Program 2
(Approx. 91 minutes, includes intermission.)
- Spermaceti. Jacky De Groen. Belgium, 11:35.
- Gravedad. Matisse Gonzalez. Germany, 10:30.
- Five Minutes to Sea. Natalia Mirzoyan. Russian Federation, 07:10.
- So Far, So Close. Mikkel Odehnalu. Czech Republic, 10:17.
- Homesick. Hila Einy, Yoav Aluf, Noy Bar. Israel, 07:15.
- Cops & Robbers. Florian Maubach. Germany, 08:15.
- Luge. Mickaël Dupré. France, 12:36.
- Small Spark. Julie Rembauville. France, 03:07.
- Mother’s Song. Signe Baumane. United States, 02:30.
- The Peony Pavilion. Jie Weng. China, 03:17.
- Daughter. Daria Kashcheeva. Czech Republic, 14:48.
Games Official Selection
- The Divine Light. Babak Arjmand. Islamic Republic of Iran.
- Get-A-Grip Chip. Jon Lawitts, Vicky Wei. United States.
- Ninjaman. Scott Popular. Japan.
VR Official Selection
- The Hangman at Home VR. Michelle and Uri Kranot. Denmark.
- Dear Viruses. Wang Junjie. Japan.
- Dream Droplets. Nick Rutten. Netherlands.
- The West Flemish Pub Experience. Joren Vandenbroucke. Belgium.
- Kteer Tayyeb. Samia Khalaf. United States.
- Naked Windows. Luke Conroy, Anne Fehres. Netherlands.
- Cities of Ladies 2 (YOU). Kim Noce. United Kingdom.
- Mayflower Reflections. Paul Long. United Kingdom.
- Belongings. Carol Silverman. United States.
- When I Leave Afghanistan. Pafo Gallieri. United Kingdom.
- Lady Sapiens, The Experience. Camille Duvelleroy. France.
AR Official Selection
- A New Normal. Supernova Design. Asavari Kumar. India
More information and access to platforms available at www.animationnights.com/5thannybestoffest-2021.