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Global Event Updates: VR at Annecy, ‘Jungle Book’ Exhibit, FMX Plans & More

Starring Lucy Boynton and Taron Egerton, 'Glimpse' is one of the XR projects selected for Annecy 2022.

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Global Event Updates: VR at Annecy, ‘Jungle Book’ Exhibit, FMX Plans & More

Annecy 2022 (June 13-18, revealed its XR@Annecy program for the Festival and Mifa market, plotting a journey that will take attendees through immersive animation in all its forms, aesthetics and narratives. In addition to the titles in competition, Mifa is presenting four conferences on immersive creation (Tues., June 14, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) plus an expanded New Technologies Area and new XR@Mifa event space. The Official Selection comprises eight projects, selected from 91 submitted from 30 different countries:

  • Affiorare | Rosa Schillaci (Italy/Portugal)
  • Déjà-vu | Dennis Stein-Schomburg (Germany)
  • Glimpse | Benjamin Cleary & Michael O’Connor (France/Ireland/U.K.)
  • Goliath: Playing with Reality | Barry Gene Murphy & May Abdalla (U.K./France)
  • Kidnapping à Vostok | Jean Bouthors (France)
  • Marco & Polo Go Round | Benjamin Steiger Levine (Belgium/Canada)
  • On the Morning You Wake (To the End of the World) | Mike Brett, Steve Jamison & Pierre Zandrowicz (U.S./France/U.K.)
  • Samsara | Hsin-Chien Huang (Taiwan)
Nana Lou

Nana Lou (WIP)

Annecy’s WIP XR 2022 lineup will showcase two narrative VR experiences that put the user in the hero’s POV. The selection committee notes that both projects stand out for their high graphic ambitions, realistic storytelling and how they are tailored to the immersive medium.

  • Nana Lou | Isabelle Andreani | Small Creative, Skill Lab | France, Luxembourg
  • ­­The Canterville Ghost |Mathias Chelebourg | Atelier Daruma | France


The Jungle Book concept art by Al Dempster (1911-2001), watercolor on paper (courtesy of David Pacheco © Disney)

The Jungle Book concept art by Al Dempster (1911-2001), watercolor on paper (courtesy of David Pacheco © Disney)

The Walt Disney Family Museum announced its next major special exhibition, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, in celebration of the beloved Disney animated classic’s 55th anniversary. Guest-curated by Disney Legend Andreas Deja, the show will debut on Thursday, June 23 in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall. The exhibition will explore the creative complexities behind the making of The Jungle Book (1967), including the unique personalities of each character and their voice actors, the rich artwork and cutting-edge animation techniques, the memorable original songs by the Sherman Brothers and Terry Gilkyson, the impact of Walt’s passing during production, and the film’s enduring popularity and influence.

Walt and Roy Disney during production of The Jungle Book (courtesy of the Walt Disney Photo Library © Disney)

Walt and Roy Disney during production of The Jungle Book (courtesy of the Walt Disney Photo Library © Disney)

Over 300 rare artworks and ephemera will be on view, including original animation drawings and cels on loan from animation enthusiast and collector Mike Glad, retired Disney Creative Director and animator David Pacheco, and Deja’s own collection. An array of maquettes, model sheets, pencil tests, story sketches, concept art, behind-the-scenes photos and documents, American and international movie posters, and merchandise will also be on display, as well as archival film clips and interviews. To enhance their experience, visitors can immerse themselves further in the exhibition through in-gallery interactive elements and engaging wildlife and film-themed activities.

Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece will be on display from June 23, 2022 through January 8, 2023. Ticket reservation details will be available soon at Running concurrently with this exhibition, the Museum presents its first Cause Awareness exhibition,Creative Conservation: The Art of Endangered Animals. In partnership with five wildlife sanctuaries located around the world, this exhibition features abstract and pawprint creations by rescued and rehabilitated animals in the Lower Lobby and Theater Gallery, from Friday, April 22.



Disney artists will discuss the CG wizardry of Encanto’s magical casita at FMX

Stuttgart’s FMX 2022 (May 3-5 / online May 6, continues to build another bursting program. Recently announced additions include can’t-miss feature animation sessions:

  • The Technology Behind Encanto‘s Casita (online) – with Scott Kersavage (VFX supervisor), Tad Miller (technical supervisor), Nadim Sinno (associate technical supervisor) and technical directors Justin Kern, Nellie Robinson and Annamarie Fuchs.
  • Illumination’s Sing 2 (online) – production highlights with CG supervisors Boris Jacq and Richard Adenot.
  • Ron’s Gone Right: Making a Debut Feature with two Startup Studios + ITFMX Screening (on site) – Director JP Vine presents the behind-the-scenes process of creating Locksmith’s award-winning first feature, Ron’s Gone Wrong. FMX visitors can attend the ITFMX Screening, in cooperation with ITFS, on May 5.

Attendees can also gain insights into virtual production as well as a range of emerging entertainment technologies in the “Changing the Game” track, with sessions on Unreal Engine 5, the innovation of William Joyce’s DNEG Animation collaboration, BRON Digtial’s real-time production slate and speculation on the Metaverse.



Vitality by Emilie Mereghetti (Tant Mieux Prod.) is selected for Animafest’s Children 15+ competition

World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb 2022 (June 6-11, announced the films selected for the Films for Children Competition. The central event of the rich Animafest Zagreb 2022 Children and Youth Program, the competition is made up of an international selection of 41 films. The selection includes warmly received festival favorites like Franzy’s Soup Kitchen (Ana Chubinidze), Suzie in the Garden (Lucie Sunková), Elevator Alone (Anastasia Papadopoulou) and My Grandmother Is an Egg (Wu-Ching Chang).

The films were preselected by Nino Kovačić and selected by the Slovenian media psychologist Martina Peštaj, editor of Children and Youth Programming with Radio Television Slovenia, who categorized the entries into sections for four age groups (3-6 years, 7-10, 11-14, 15+). See the full selection here.


Infinite Journeys

“Space Nomblers” by  Kris Theorin was the winner of the Infinite Journeys challenge.

Maxon congratulated Kris Theorin and Euan Morrison on winning Clinton Jones (a.k.a. PWNISHER)’s latest 3D community creative challenge: Infinite Journeys. With more than 2,000 entries, the YouTube contest challenged 3D artists to build their own custom scenes based on only the phrase ‘infinite journeys’ and the stipulation that the animation must contain a moving vehicle.

At the conclusion of the contest, Clinton merged all the entries together to create an epic character-based 3D travel montage, then parsed out the top 100 (watch here) to ultimately land on first, second, third, fourth, and fifth place winners. In the end, 2,448 artists worked for a collective 18.8 years over 30 days to create nearly three hours of infinite journeys.

The winning render follows a “Space Nomblers” idea. Featuring a purple-haired character feeding a likewise purple creature in space (ending in a delightful surprise), Theorin says his scene is “a cross between the turret fight scene from Star Wars: A New Hope and the Luma feeding mechanic from Super Mario Galaxy.”



Dates, Updates, Entries & More:

  • Animayo ( returns for its 17th Gran Canaria edition, presenting a summit, conferences and Oscar-qualifying film festival dedicated to animation, VFX and video games. May 3-7, Advance Sale Tickets
  • The recent Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anniversary and Kimetsu Party ( were a success, and fans can still stream the live table reads with special guest appearances by LiSA and Aimer through April 24.
  • Reminder: Submit your projects for Cartoon Forum 2022 (Sept. 19-22, Toulouse,! Deadline: May 9, 2022
  • Submit films for youngsters to the 15th KUKI festival in Berlin (Nov. 13-20, Berlin, Deadline: May 9, 2022 (
  • Folimage is calling for submissions to its Young Audience Artist-in-Residence program for creators/directors making animated comedy shorts for kids 5-7. Deadline: May 31, 2022 (
  • Brooklyn Film Festival will premiere 150 films for its “Unthinkable” 25th Edition ( in person, and will simultaneously stage the 18th KidsFilmFest online and on site. June 3-12
  • Save the date! Netflix Geeked Week ( returns with news, trailers, panels and more related to top genre titles (and tons of surprises). June 6-10

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