Animation in Film Festival announces the 2021 program


Animation is Film has announced the competition lineup and other special events for the fourth edition of the festival, which will take place October 22-24 at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood. The program includes 12 feature films in competition as well as 20 programs in total including short films.

The festival will open with the North American premiere of the upcoming Netflix animated feature “Summit of the Gods”, directed by Patrick Imbert and adapted from the manga series by Jiro Taniguchi and Baku Yumemakura. Imbert will appear for a question-and-answer session after the screening. The October 23 flagship film is the west coast premiere of Gkids’ “Belle”, directed by Mamoru Hosada, which will also appear for a question-and-answer session. The West Coast premiere of “Flee” by Jonas Poher Rasmussen will close the festival.

The world premiere of the English dub of “Poupelle of Chimney Town” by Yusuke Hirota, the North American premiere of “I Am What I Am” by Haipeng Sun and the North American premiere of “The Crossing” by Florence Miailhe also appear on the competition program.

Special events include a behind-the-scenes presentation of Disney’s “Encanto”; a screening of “My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission” with special guests to be announced; a list of films and guest appearances called Studio on the Big Screen, including “Luca”, “The Mitchells vs the Machines” and “Vivo”; and the Best of Annecy: Female Directors short film block, presented in partnership with Annecy and Women In Animation. The AIF will also host an exhibit where Laika Animation Studio will showcase a variety of puppets and sets in the lobby of TCL Chinese 6 Theaters throughout the weekend.

“This year’s Animation is Film lineup represents the best animated feature films from around the world, bringing to Hollywood premieres as well as award-winning and critically acclaimed titles from the Cannes, Annecy, Sundance, Telluride and Toronto festivals. . After last year’s hiatus due to COVID, the animation and film communities of Los Angeles are crying out to come together to see these films on the big screen, and we at AIF are extremely proud to present them, ”said Matt Kaszanek, Director of AIF.

“Entertainment is back in Los Angeles and that’s great news! As co-founder of the festival, we are delighted to support the fourth edition of Animation is Film, ”said Marcel Jean, artistic director of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. “This year’s programming is exceptional for its quality and diversity: more than ever, animation is film!

AIF was founded by Gkids and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival with Variety. This year’s festival partners include ASIFA-Hollywood, Cartoon Network, Crunchyroll, Dreamworks, ELMA, Fathom Events, Funimation, Illumination, Laika, Netflix, Paramount Animation, Pixar, Shout! Factory, Sony Pictures Animation, Unifrance, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Warner Animation Group and Warner Bros. Animation.

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Darcy J. Skinner

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