Adventures at Annecy Animation Festival, Day 2
Sunshine! This is more like it. We start the day with an Alpine-appropriate breakfast of coffee, baguette and cheese. Lots of cheese. The locals are enjoying wine with their breakie. I could get used to this.
Straight from cheese-fest 2016 to the Commissioned Films in Competition 1 screening. Some amazing work across the board, amongst which Plenty’s ‘Good Books’ (aka ‘We Need To Talk About Alice’) is a very strong contender (in my humble opinion)! Other standouts: Gorgeous Japanese film ‘The Eye of the Storm’ from director Masanobu Hiraoka is a beautiful example of ‘morphmation’, something we’re currently seeing quite a lot of. And Aardman Nathan Love’s ‘Full ANL’, featuring marauding mouths was also absolutely hilarious!
The winner for the film with the most beautifully articulated concept must surely be Alberto Vázquez’s hand-drawn marvel, ‘Decorado’, with its tag: ‘The world is a wonderful stage, but its characters are disgraceful’. Famous for his beautiful illustrations, Vázquez’s comedic romp had the audience in tears (of laughter). His first feature, ‘Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children’ is also screening at Annecy this year.
I spent the afternoon meeting with up and coming French animators, and discovered along the way that Julian (Frost)’s Dumb Ways to Die forms part of the first year animation curriculum here! Wonderful to know that this piece of work continues to make such a resounding impression the world over!
Back to the house for dinner and drinks and ping pong with the global Passion crew (London, Paris, NYC and Melbourne all represented!). The producers headed off to the MIFA party and the directors (mostly the Frenchies!) stuck around to watch the UEFA Euro championships - France victorious 2-0! Vive la France!
And now - sleep. Passion Pictures party tomorrow!