Annecy Unveils Stacked 2021 Work in Progress Lineup

France’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the main world get-together for all issues animation, has unveiled the lineup for this yr’s Work in Progress part, among the many most extremely anticipated occasions of the world’s animation calendar. When a bodily occasion is feasible, strains start to type early in the morning as followers of the high-profile tasks hope to get into the restricted seating out there on the Salle Pierre Lamy.

A barometer for future standout awards and/or field workplace success, current high-profile tasks featured at Annecy’s Work in Progress embody Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Oscar-winner “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse” and Oscar nominees in Netflix’s “Klaus” and “Over the Moon,” Cartoon Saloon’s “Wolfwalkers,” Claude Barras’ “My Life as a Zucchini,” Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar’s “Ernest & Celestine,” Michael Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle” and Dean DeBlois’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

Brazilian animation hit its stride in 2013-14 when Luis Bolognesi’s “Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury” and Alê Abreu’s “The Boy and the World” took the Annecy Cristal for a finest function movie in back-to-back years, amongst an astonishing haul of different prizes together with Oscar and Annie nominations. Abreu can be again at Annecy this yr together with his newest WIP “Perlimps,” a colourful fairy story produced by Buriti Filmes.

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Oscar, Bafta and Annie-nominated filmmaker Dorota Kobiela was the speak of the city in 2017 when “Loving Vincent” dominated the headlines at Annecy for its literal each body a portray manufacturing earlier than profitable the Audience Award and occurring to Oscar, Bafta and Annie nominations. This time round, Kobiela brings “The Peasants,” made with a mixture of rotoscoping and portray on canvas produced out of Poland, Serbia and Lithuania. New Europe Film Sales is dealing with worldwide gross sales.

Spain’s Alberto Vázquez has been an everyday at Annecy over the previous decade after his quick movie “Birdboy” performed in competitors in 2011, with that quick ultimately inspiring his 2016 competitors function “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children.” Sticking with that profitable system, Vázquez can be again this yr together with his upcoming function “Unicorn Wars,” a function replace to 2014 quick movie competitors participant “Unicorn Blood.” Last yr Vázquez gained his first Annecy prize when his quick “Homeless Home” took the Jury Award.

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Unicorn Wars
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Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre’s “Little Nicholas” is a 2D animated function produced by Aton Soumache at ON Kids & Family (“The Little Prince”), a Mediawan Group firm, and Lilian Eche and Christel Henon at Bidibul Productions. Standout French gross sales agent Charades will deal with worldwide and home gross sales, and in March, Variety introduced that Adrian Politowski’s Align had boarded the manufacturing as co-financiers.

French gaming and animation producer Ankama, an everyday at Annecy with one of the vital trafficked cubicles on the competition’s accompanying MIFA market, will current “Princess Dragon,” a 2D animated fairy story which shifts wildly from the corporate’s 2017’s hip-hop fueled hit “Mutafukaz.”

Les Films d’ici, Katuh Studio and BAC Cinéma again Iranian filmmaker Sepideh Farsi’s “The Siren,” set in Abadan in 1980 because the Iranian oil trade was going through an Iraqi siege. The movie follows teenager Omid who cares for his grandmother whereas ready for his elder brother to return dwelling from the frontlines. BAC Films is dealing with distribution.

Jeremie Perin’s French sci-fi anime function “Mars Express” was first offered at Cartoon Movie in 2019, making a serious impression with a short trailer that has followers buzzing forward of its Annecy WIP presentation. Co-produced by Everybody on Deck, EV.L prod, Plume Finance and France 3 Cinéma, the movie follows two detectives attempting to avoid wasting a younger scholar with assassins on her heels.

Portugal’s José Miguel Ribeiro has twice featured in Annecy’s major competitors, in 2005 with “Abraço do Vento” and in 2010 with “A Journey to Cape Verde.” This yr, the filmmaker returns together with his newest mission “Nayola,” a co-production between Praça Filmes, S.O.I.L., JPL Films and il Luster based mostly on Award-winning writers Mia Couto and José Eduardo Agualusa’s “The Black Box.”

Using rotoscoping and a mixture of 2D and 3D animation strategies, “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman,” from Pierre Földes is a surreal journey of self-realization as its characters reluctantly uncover truths they have been hiding from themselves. Cinéma Defacto, Miyu Productions co-produce, with The Match Factory dealing with worldwide gross sales.

Streaming platforms have instigated an historic increase in demand for animated sequence as cartoons assist restrict churn by interesting to the children and household subscribers, whereas additionally providing up specialised grownup content material for a demanding viewers that has grown massively over the previous a number of years. Annecy has responded to that demand in type and options 4 sequence in this yr’s WIP part.

Once once more, this yr Netflix will cast a big shadow over Annecy. The streamer brings three of the 4 sequence taking part in this yr’s WIP part and can undoubtedly be concerned in a number of different areas of this system when ultimate particulars are introduced. Netflix can be presenting the part’s solely quick movie in “Robin Robin” from Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, produced by legendary U.Ok. stop-motion studio Aardman Animation.

Co-produced with Oscar-nominated animation producers Nexus Studio (“This Way Up”), Netflix will current a three-part darkish comedy sequence “The House,” with every episode directed by a standout filmmaker or filmmaking workforce. Episodes can be directed by Belgian filmmakers Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roles, whose current stop-motion movie “This Magnificent Cake!” wowed at Directors’ Fortnight in 2018 and gained finest quick at that yr’s Annecy, Clermont Ferrand and Toronto festivals; and two 2018 Variety Animators to Watch alumni in Sweden’s Niki Lindroth von Bahr, who gained a Cristal along with her 2017 quick movie “The Burden,” and Paloma Baeza, a Bafta and Annie-winner along with her quick, “Poles Apart.”

Among Annecy’s hottest attracts, Emmy-winning “El Tigre” and “The Book of Life” director Jorge Gutiérrez is bringing his vastly anticipated Netflix restricted sequence “Maya and the Three.” Based on conventional Mesoamerican mythology, “Maya” unspools in a newly created world of Gutiérrez’s personal making and follows a warrior princess attempting to recruit legendary warriors to assist save all mankind.

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Maya and the Three
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Stemming from a first-look deal between Netflix and comedian publishers Dark Horse Entertainment, “Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles” is a 3D CGI sequence co-production between Gaumont, Atomic Monster and Dark Horse, based mostly on the “Usagi Yojimbo” books.

Avoiding a Netflix monopoly on the sequence WIP lineup, Adult Swim/Toonami and Crunchyroll will current “Fena: Pirate Princess,” a 2D anime sequence from Kazuto Nakazawa. The sequence is a completely new IP which can be animated by legendary studio Production IG, makers of standout productions resembling “Ghost in the Shell,” “Guilty Crown” and “Psycho-Pass.”

In 2019 Annecy totally embraced the digital and augmented actuality industries with the introduction of [email protected], and this yr two XR tasks will current as works in progress. Anne-Lise Koelher and Eric Serre’s “Immersion, Augmented Nature” is an all-ages augmented actuality expertise produced by Les Fées Spéciales, whereas Jonathan Astruc will give an early take a look at his upcoming “Ascenders.”



“The Siren,” (Sepideh Farsi, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Belgium)

“Mars Express,” (Jérémie Périn, France)

“Unicorn Wars,” (Alberto Vázquez, Spain, France)

“Little Nicholas,” (Amandine Fredon, Benjamin Massoubre, France, Luxembourg)

“Princess Dragon,” (Anthony Roux, Jean-Jacques Denis)

“Nayola,” (José Miguel Ribeiro, Portugal, Belgium, France, Netherlands)

“Perlimps,” (Alê Abreu, Brazil)

“The Peasants,” (Dorota Kobiela, Poland, Serbia, Lituania)

“Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman,” (Pierre Földes, France, Canada, Netherlands, Luxembourg)


“Pirate Princess,” (Kazuto Nakazawa, U.S., Japan)

“Maya and the Three,” (Jorge Gutiérrez, U.S.)

“The House,” (Emma de Swaef, Marc James Roels, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Paloma Baeza, U.Ok., U.S.)

“Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles,” (Khang Le, U.S., France)


“Robin, Robin,” (Dan Ojari, Mikey Please, U.Ok., U.S.)


“Immersion, Augmented Nature,” (Anne-Lise Koelher and Eric Serre, France)

“Ascenders,” (Jonathan Astruc, France)



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