The International Animation Film Festival begins on June 13 in Annecy

The main global meeting of the sector will be held until Saturday, June 18. Streaming platforms have chosen this event to unveil their latest blockbusters out of competition.

From Buzz Lightyear, Astronaut Toy Storyto films on art during the Holocaust, shaken up like the rest of the 7th art by the pandemic and the supremacy of platforms, animated cinema is found from Monday in Annecy.

The International Animation Film Festival, the main global meeting of the sector, is held until Saturday, with the awarding of the Cristal d’Or to the best film in competition.

New testimony to the importance of the festival, most of the majors, which like the streaming platforms will be united within the international market, have chosen Annecy to unveil their latest blockbusters out of competition or the first images of their most anticipated projects.

The Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Grua new opus derived from a saga begun 12 years ago with Me, ugly and mean and which has since brought in billions of dollars, opens the ball on Monday, before its release in France on July 6. The first images of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)expected in 2023, new marriage of the world of superheroes and animation, and those of Pinocchio in animation by Guillermo del Toro, Oscar winner for The Shape of Water and that Netflix will bring.

Finally, Pixar, the Disney subsidiary that revolutionized the genre a quarter of a century ago with Toy Storywill conclude the festivities, with Buzz Lightning who imagines the life of the astronaut who inspired the toy of Toy Story (French release June 22).

A tribute to Sempé and Goscinny

The 2022 edition of the Festival, the first to be held entirely in physical since the health crisis, aims to be a “fireworks of creativity and diversity“, argued its director Mickaël Marin.

Because beyond these filmsstars», the Festival wants to continue to play the research heads. Its Golden Crystal has in the past propelled filmmakers like the Japanese Hayao Miyazaki (Porco Rosso in 1993) or the Frenchman Michel Ocelot – who will receive a Cristal d’Honneur and will present the Pharaoh, the Savage and the Princessthree decades after being crowned for Kirikou.

Ten feature films will attempt to succeed Flee, film nominated for the Oscars after being crowned in the lakeside city. Visible until the end of July on arte.tv, this film on the journey of a young Afghan homosexual fleeing his country for Denmark will be released on August 24 in theaters.
Four directors are in the running, including Atsuko Ishizuka for the initiatory story of three Japanese teenagers (Good-bye) or Amandine Fredon, co-director with Benjamin Massoubre of a tribute to Sempé and Goscinny, already unveiled at Cannes, Le Petit Nicolas – What are we waiting for to be happy.

Once again, Annecy is honoring testimonials or films inspired by real events, whether they return to historical tragedies or document current events. Charlotte will retrace the fate of the Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, murdered at the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz at the age of 26, when Nayola is intended to be a dive into the history of Angola through the violent destiny of three women.

Apart from the main competition, the Armenian Genocide will be discussed, through the fate of a survivor, Inna Sahakyan, silent film actress (Aurora’s Sunrise), or young Mexican migrants in the United States (Home is Somewhere Else).

If the films are projected on the big screen, the question of the fight between platforms and dark rooms, sometimes within the same major, will be very present in Annecy. Animation is one of the battlefields of this struggle for influence. At Disney, the debate is not yet settled: if Buzz released in theatres, the multinational once again provoked the fury of French cinemas by announcing at the beginning of June that it would be broadcasting its next production, Strange Worldexpected at the end of the year, directly online.


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