Animation is film (AIF) announced today the competition line-up and other special events for its fourth edition, which takes place in-person October 22-24 and returns to its home at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The festival kicks off Opening Night on Friday, October 22 with the North American premiere of the highly anticipated Netflix feature, The Summit Of The Gods, followed by an in-person Q&A with award-winning director Patrick Imbert (The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales). On Saturday, October 23, the Centerpiece film features the West Coast Premiere of GKIDS’ Belle, directed by Oscar® nominee Mamoru Hosoda (Mirai) who will also do an in-person Q & A following the premiere. The West Coast Premiere of NEON’s award-winning Flee, directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, will close the festival Sunday, October 24. Tickets for Animation is film are now on sale at animationisfilm.com.
Animation is film fills a gap in the U.S. market with an established world-class animation festival on par with the major events in Europe and Asia and based in the world capital of animated filmmaking—Los Angeles. Embracing the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form akin to live action, the festival is an international advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of the medium’s artistic expression. AIF is produced by GKIDS in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Major industry and media sponsors for 2021 include: ASIFA-Hollywood, Cartoon Network, Crunchyroll, Dreamworks, ELMA, Fathom Events, Illumination, LAIKA, Netflix, Paramount Animation, Pixar, Shout! Factory, Sony Pictures Animation, Unifrance, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Warner Animation Group (WAG), Warner Bros. Animation.
Since 2009, GKids have scored thirteen Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations with The secret of kells (2009), A cat in paris (2011) Chico and Rita (2011), Ernest & Celestine (2013), Song of the sea (2014), The tale of the princess kaguya (2014), Boy and the world (2015), When Marnie was there (2015), My life as a zucchini (2016), the breadwinner (2017), Revolting rhymes (2017), Mirai (2018), and Wolfwalkers (2020).
Friday, October 22, 2021
6:00pm PT : Credential Press Check-In
7:00pm PT : AIF festival official red carpet
7:30pm PT : The Summit of the Gods (Q&A) (U.S. Premiere)
8:15pm PT : Pompo the Cinephile (U.S. Premiere)
Saturday, October 23, 2021
11:00am PT : The Making of Walt Disney Animation’s Encanto: Special presentation
11:00am PT : Nahuel and the Magic Book: (Los Angeles premiere)
1:00pm PT : Where is Anne Frank (U.S. Premiere)
1:00pm PT : Vivo (Q&A): Special Presentation
4:00pm PT : The Mitchells vs The Machines (Q&A) (Special Presentation)
4:00pm PT : Poupelle of Chimney Town (Q&A) (World premiere )
7:00pm PT : Belle (Q&A) (West coast premiere )
7:00pm PT : The Crossing (North American premiere )
9:00pm PT : Josep (Los Angeles premiere )
Sunday, October 24, 2021
11:00am PT : I Am What I Am (North American premiere )
1:00pm PT : My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission (Q&A (Special presentation )
1:00pm PT : Luca (Q&A (Special presentation )
4:00pm PT : Best of Annecy: Spotlight on Women Directors
4:00pm PT : The Deer King (West Coast premiere)
6:30pm PT : Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (North American premiere )
7:00pm PT : Flee (West Coast premiere )
8:30pm PT : Raya and The Last Dragon (Special presentation)
Filmmakers : Patrick Imbert (Director, The summit of the god’s), Mamoru Hosoda (Director/Producer, Belle, Mirai), Enrico Casarosa (Director, Luca), Andrea Warren (Producer, Luca), Phil Lord (Producer, The Mitchells vs the machines), Chris Miller (Producer, The Mitchells vs the machines), Jeff Rowe (Co-Director, The Mitchells vs the machines), Lindsey Olivares (Production Design/Lead Character Design, The Mitchells vs the machines), Kirk DeMicco (Director, Vivo), Brandon Jeffords (Director, Vivo), Erika Dapkewicz (Editor, Vivo), Wendell Dalit (Art Director, Vivo), Carlos Romero (Story Artist, Vivo), and other film festival luminarie will be present during this festival.
(Source : press release)