Thursday, September 21, 2017


A New Animation Festival Launches, With Plans To Impact the Oscar Race

The launch of the Animation Is Film Festival in October could boost indie Oscar chances with added prestige and accessibility.

Aiming to make an impact this Oscar season, the inaugural Animation Is Film Festival from GKids, the Annecy International Animation Festival, Variety, and ACIFA-Hollywood launches October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater.
The festival will present a selection of new animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America, and North America, with juried and audience prizes and filmmakers attending most screenings. Additionally, the festival will feature studio events, special screenings, short film programs, and a VR lounge.
AIF seems well timed: The Academy now allows all members to vote for animated features, using preferential voting. However, it remains to be seen what the dynamic will be in terms of mainstream versus indie nominees.
GKids, which has nine Oscar nominations (including this year’s “My Life as a Zucchini”), has seven movies in contention this season; four showcase in competition at AIF. The highlight is “The Breadwinner” (October 20), a coproduction of Ireland, Canada, and Luxembourg directed by Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon (“The Secret of Kells”), and executive produced by Angelina Jolie. Based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis, it’s the first GKids co-production and concerns a young Afghan girl who poses as a boy to protect her family.


  1. Nanda @angelinadetails_

    Okay. I'm not here because I'm sooo in the mood of posting. I'm not here because I came back. I'm here because I watched First They Killed My Father on Friday, and I still can't believe what I saw. I'm here because I want to congratulate Angelina for being such an artist, because her direction is... her movies are art. Ang is that director who's gonna work hard as f**k, and go to locations at sunrise, and not chill until she reaches greatness, only to shoot a four seconds scene that will enchant the audience and make the movie more complete. She's so smart as a director. She knows what to do to send the message she wants to send properly. She knows that Loung having all of those flashbacks will make you hate the Khmer Rouge and everything that comes with it. She knows that seeing a seven years old kid crying will break your heart. She knows that having therapists on set is important. She knows that she has to connect to the actors, something that she does so naturally. She knows how to direct a movie and make the audience go "oh. My. God." I've cried while watching this movie. And after. That last scene... Damn! [not-that-bad spoiler alert] The symbolism of that newborn at the end... the symbolism of the flowers... Just damn. She's good. I want her to direct as many movies as she can, because she's just my favorite director. "Oh, you're only saying that because she's your idol", boo... Booooo... watch FTKMF and you'll understand. That woman is excellent at what she does, and she deserves the shiniest, most golden, heaviest and biggest awards of Hollywood. That's what I have to say

  2. First They Killed My Father Review A People’s History Of A Genocide You Should Be More Aware Of

    levian_jewelry 4 days ago
    Angelina Jolie stole hearts in her recent New York tour at the U.N. wearing the Le Vian Rose earrings.

  3. TheWrap‏Verified account @TheWrap
    #TIFF17: Angeline Jolie on how she was changed by her Cambodia trip and inspired to make ‘First They Killed My Father’ - “It humbled me”

  4. Brian Frydenborg‏ @bfry1981 38m38 minutes ago
    #Netflix has #FirstTheyKilledMyFather next to #Moana in the lineup. Talk about a range of childhood experiences... #TrueStory

    sannasy‏ @sannasy 50m50 minutes ago
    @UngLoung What a powerful, moving account of human spirit and the hatred us humans can have for 1 another! #Firsttheykilledmyfather

    Amber Halvorson‏ @amberhalvorson 8h8 hours ago
    Another project that never woulda been w/out Netflix. This was incredible: #FirstTheyKilledMyFather via @YouTube

    amanda yeung‏ @amvxn 9h9 hours ago
    Inspired by the movie #FirstTheyKilledMyFather ! Treasure your family, as they love you deeply & give back. #typography #toronto #tiff

    Alfonso Espina‏ @alfonsoespina 10h10 hours ago
    In an ideal 2017-2018 #Oscars season, Sveng Socheata would be a Best Supporting Actress frontrunner. #FirstTheyKilledMyFather

    MARC DJ J.O.D.‏ @DJJOD 10h10 hours ago
    First They Killed My Father on @netflix is a must watch!! directed by Angelina Jolie #FirstTheyKilledMyFather

    DJ Shahpara‏ @DJShahpara 11h11 hours ago
    So for today's menu i have #FirstTheyKilledMyFather on the list which i will b showing to my students . Beautiful #film highly recommended

    kelly johnson‏ @raised_brow 12h12 hours ago
    @netflix give me one good reason to keep Netflix after you didn't put it on my homepage when #FirstTheyKilledMyFather came out on the 15th

    kelly johnson‏ @raised_brow 13h13 hours ago
    Watch the cinematic masterpiece that is #FirstTheyKilledMyFather directed by #Angelinajolie based on the book by @UngLoung on #Netflix now!

    Newt 💚‏ @babynewt_ 14h14 hours ago
    Netflix movie recommendation for you @McIntoshNeve : #FirstTheyKilledMyFather - it’s so good x

    Lol_olova @monkh2000 3h3 hours ago
    Highly recommend this one;
    # Netflix # FirstTheyKilledMyFather
    About the Cambodian Communist Party's Armed Forces Red Khmer

  5. Angelina Jolie: “When you have six kids, you are the boss of nothing!”
    You’re a Hollywood star with six children aged nine to 16 – describe your TV set-up at home.

    We’ve just moved into a new house where all our televisions are connected – I don’t know why, that’s just the way it is. I will turn on the news and then, suddenly, Disney Channel will come on. At that point, it’s over for me. The kids take control.

    Who’s in charge of the remote control in your home?

    Very often it’s Vivienne [Angelina’s nine-year-old daughter with Brad Pitt]. It’s never me.

    Do you ever get to watch your favourite shows?

    If I want to watch something, I have to watch it on my computer when the kids are asleep. Otherwise, it’s very hard. There should be a parent box set up for me.

    The kids are all in bed, what are you watching?

    I like to watch the news on CNN or the BBC. I also love The Walking Dead. I’m really looking forward to the next season.

    Dinner time must be hectic with six children running around?

    I’m not the best cook. I am going to cooking classes and I’ve been trying to cook more at home, because the kids all hang out together when I do that. They love it, but they often take over. I’m very impatient and a little erratic – but I am getting into it now.

    Do you have a speciality dish?

    I don’t. My best recipe is when I accidentally put something together and it just happens to work out. I get really excited when that happens. Personally, I can’t follow a recipe. I am one of those people. I don’t like to follow the rules.

    Do the children help out around the house?

    The children are amazing. It’s so moving to see how much they help each other. The big brothers help the little kids, and all of them help me. They have really come into their own.

    Your eldest son, Maddox, is an executive producer on the new film you’ve directed, First They Killed My Father. How did that come about?

    I met Maddox in Cambodia when he was three months old and I’ve always wanted him to tell a story from his country. I told him, “Son, one day you’ll be ready. You will tell me when it’s time to go deeply into your country. But I need your help. You’ll have to work and you’ll have to be there every day with me.” And one day he said, “I’m ready.”

    How involved was Maddox in the movie?

    He’s 16 now and he has known Loung Ung, the woman upon whose childhood under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia the film is based, all his life. He went deep into the research and into the edit. He was great. And also, because the movie is from a child’s point of view, it was really helpful to have him there to say, “You are losing my attention in this scene.” As a film director, you have to take control.

    Does that mean you’re a bossy person?

    When you have six kids, you are the boss of nothing!


  7. Netflix Brings Internationally Acclaimed Memoirist Loung Ung To TYWLS Of East Harlem
    NEW YORK, NY – On September 15, Netflix, in partnership with Goodreads, heralded a new education initiative to bring the unheard narratives of world history into public school classrooms by hosting a singular event at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem (TYWLS of East Harlem).
    To mark the premier of Netflix’s film “First They Killed My Father,” directed by Angelina Jolie and based on the best-selling memoir by Loung Ung, the companies partnered with Young Women’s Leadership Network to create a conversation around telling the stories not often found in classroom history books – with the voices of people often marginalized.
    After reading excerpts of Loung Ung’s memoirs and discussing the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, students prepared for the event by forming questions for the author. As a community that reflects the global narratives that together give voice New York City, the students of TYWLS were eager to hear about Ung’s experiences.
    “Peace is not to be taken for granted. It’s not something you dream about or wish for – it’s something you do. You are the leaders. You do not have to wait until you graduate from high school,” urged Ung. “You already have this power. Use your authentic voice. Be the best of humanity.”
    “First They Killed My Father” is now streaming everywhere on Netflix.
    About Young Women’s Leadership Network
    YWLN is leadership and education nonprofit working to equalize access for public school students in New York City and beyond. It supports two life-changing programs that empower students to break the cycle of poverty through education: The Young Women’s Leadership Schools, a network of high-performing all-girls public secondary schools and the CollegeBound Initiative, a comprehensive college access program for young women and men. Read more at

  8. Directors Guild of America Screening of : First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
    DGA Membership Screening - Los Angeles On September 22, 2017 at 7PM
    Q&A with Director Angelina Jolie will follow this screening
    Directors Guild of America
    DGA Theater One
    7920 Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90046

    Directors Guild of America New York Screening:First They Killed My Father:A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
    DGA Membership Screening - New York- New York City on September 23, 2017 - 9PM
    DGA New York Theater
    110 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    (212) 258-0890

  9. Art of Darkness: Angelina Jolie’s Latest Film Succeeds at Personalizing Genocide
    In this context of global upheaval, First They Killed My Father is a tremendously important film. For those of us who are not blessed with neighbors from far away countries, it allows us to see all of God’s beloved children as our neighbors, no matter the distance, geography, culture, or religion. That’s why Jolie, Ung, and the cast and crew of the film are blessed in my eyes. Through this film, I now have a better view of Cambodians as my neighbors, and I can catch a glimpse of the image of God wandering the earth in the midst of horror. These glimpses have allowed me to see myself, and my world, as closer to that reality than I could ever wish.

    It’s a hard blessing, to be sure, but one I will not let go of.

  10. RT 89% with critics & 84% Audience score


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