Anima, the Brussels International Animation Film Festival, set to take place February 12-21, 2021, will be kicking off its 40th edition with Wolfwalkers, the latest feature from Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart.
Irish studio Cartoon Saloon’s fourth feature outing is full of legends and magic and completes Moore’s trilogy of Irish fables, following on from The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, both nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2009 and 2015. Anima presented both of these previous features in past editions.
This latest adventure follows what happens when Robyn, the hunter’s daughter, encounters Mebh, a strange little girl with tousled hair who turns into a wolf during the night. Their meeting will take the two into a magical and fascinating world as they wander the forest in search of other wolves in this film for all the family that celebrates friendship and nature through its fantastic story and dazzling visual world.
“The Anima Festival has been following Moore’s exceptional work from the beginning. We immediately believed in his talent and it’s a great honour to open this 40th Festival with him,” said Anima’s co-director Dominique Seutin.
Bregt Van Wijnendaele, Head of film at JEF, which is co-distributing the film in Belgium with Le Parc Distribution, added, “We are firm believers in the big screen experience and even more with an instant classic like Wolfwalkers. This is why we are very proud to show the film on the big screen with Anima at such a special time.”
Wolfwalkers will be released on February 17, 2021 by JEF in Dutch-speaking Belgium, and by Le Parc Distribution in French-speaking Belgium in April 2021 (exact date TBC).
Details of the whole Anima program will be announced on January 19 at www.animafestival.be