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Adventures at Annecy Animation Festival - Day 4

Passion Pictures Melbourne, 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Kate Mackin, EP at Passion Pics Melbourne, gives us the inside scoop on the final day

Adventures at Annecy Animation Festival - Day 4

Feeling a little sleepy, post last night’s Passion party - but the beautiful (albeit rainy) view of the lake from my bed is helping to soothe my brain (and liver). I can see snow, high up on the alps above. *sigh* This ain’t so bad.

So, the Passion BBQ. Thanks to the relentless rain, it was a mostly indoor affair (as an aside, the current climes are a total anomaly, it’s usually sun, sun, sun ‘round these parts… others here are starting to regard our Melbourne contingent resentfully, I think they believe us to have jinxed the weather). Those of us game (crazy?) enough to brave the elements gathered around a little fire in a wheelbarrow built by our technical director, Neil (we may have also created a fun little game which involved said wheelbarrow but respect for OH&S practices precludes me from discussing such things).

In spite of the gloom, the party was well attended by faces old and new; the usual Passion suspects (directors, producers and the various other production staff and crew) clients, animators, illustrators and so on. We’re so used to working remotely with folks from all over - so it’s fabulous to have an excuse to be gathered in one place! With cheese! And wine. Naturally, with so many things to be thankful for, we carried on until 5am.

Soldiering on today! After a hearty breakfast with the Passion team, we biked into town (in the rain, obviously), and headed to the ‘Short Films in Competition 1’ screening. Funnily enough, the stand out of the day was a film directed by a clever young man from our local shores. Auckland-based James Cunningham’s ‘Accidents, Blunders and Calamities’ features a father possum teaching his little ones an alphabet of the dangers of humans. A darkly witty and engaging tale, charmingly brought to life via the bewitching CG character animation.

Today’s food highlight: lunch at the magnificent Père Bise restaurant. Perched on the lake and handed down through generations of the Bise family, everything from the tiny chair for my handbag to the foie gras starter was superb. The bottle of Montrachet wasn’t bad either. :)

And so ends my Annecy diary for 2016, friends, thanks ever so much for your ears! What a week. What a festival! It’s been real. *drops mic*

**Update - We had to scoot on Friday but have been relayed festival updates via our Passion peeps. Sad to report that Plenty did not win the ‘Cristal for Commissioned Film’ with ‘Good Books’ - but the award did go to a very worthy contender in ‘Modern Love - A Kiss, Deferred’ from The Moth Collective; so there’ll be no hair pulling from us. ;) We were also very happy to hear that ‘Ma Vie de Courgette’ won both the Feature Film Cristal, and the Audience Award. Well deserved!!!