Animated Tales

A household name in the animation world since 1960, The Annecy Festival returns with 230 films chosen for its Official Selection, all of which will be screened over the course of six days. Running until 17 June, audiences can view films in over 500 screenings. The festival opened on Monday with Zombillenium. Directed by Arthur le Pins and produced by Maybe Movies and Belvision, it follows the story of an amusement park run by real monsters. In order to keep a human named Hector from revealing the true identity of his employees, the park manager has no choice but to hire him.

Highlights throughout the festival run include Despicable Me 3, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, first footage from COCO, the premiere of LOU and more. On Saturday, the world premiere of Genndy Tartakovsky’s short Puppy! will screen. at the Closing Ceremony. The film sees the residents of Hotel Transylvania find their world turned upside-down when youngster Dennis gets a surprise monster-sized pet! Also in the programme is Athleticus “Le Tennis de table” by Nicolas Deveaux, Two Snails Set Off by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Romain Segaud, Until We Coleidescape by Reinhold Bidner and La Dent by Guy Delisle.

This year, the Annecy Festival is awarding the Honorary Cristal to Georges Schwizgebel, a leading figure in the Swiss animation scene. Annecy has welcomed him on several occasions, notably as a jury member in 1983 and 2000. In 2017, the Festival celebrates Schwizgebel’s work during the Closing Ceremony with a screening of Erlking. VIPs in attendance at the Festival include Guillermo del Toro, Carlos Saldanha, Go Nagai, Joann Sfar, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, musicians Mat Bastard and actor Douglas Booth.

Annecy Festival, until 17 June, venues across Annecy.

1. Georges Schwizgebel