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.
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