Thursday, November 23

Animation Is Film announces preliminary feature competition line up and jury

AnimationAnimation Is Film, a new toon event in Los Angeles, has announced the preliminary feature competition line up and jury of its inaugural edition. The festival is set to go on from October 20 to 22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood.

The selection will offer Stateside audiences an assortment of new films from Asia, Europe, South America and North America vying for both juried and audience prizes.

Feature films in competition include:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (US Premiere)

Directors: Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner, France, 2017

Benjamin Renner received an Oscar nomination for Ernest & Celestine.

Big Fish and Begonia (North American Premiere)

Directors: Liang Xua, Zhang Chun, China, 2016

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Los Angeles Premiere)

Directors: Alberto Vázquez & Pedro Rivero, Spain, 2015

Best Animated Feature 2017 Goya Awards

The Breadwinner (US Premiere)

Directors: Nora Twomey, Ireland/Canada, 2017

Nora Twomey was co-director of the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells

Lu Over the Wall (North American Premiere)

Director: Masaaki Yuasa, Japan, 2017

Cristal Award Winner Annecy International Animation Film Festival

 Mary and the Witch’s Flower (North American Premiere)

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017

Hiromasa Yonebayashi received an Oscar nomination for When Marnie Was There

Tehran Taboo (North American Premiere)

Director: Ali Soozandeh, Germany, 2017

Official Selection 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Zombillenium (North American Premiere)

Directors: Arthur de Pins & Alexis Ducord, France, 2017

Special Screening 2017 Cannes Film Festival

The jurists confirmed so far are jury chair Peter Debruge (chief film critic, Variety), Allison Abbate (EVP Theatrical Animation, Warner Bros. Pictures; producer, The Iron Giant, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The LEGO Movie), Bonnie Arnold (DreamWorks Animation; producer Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon), Jorge R. Gutiérrez (director, Book of Life), Charles Solomon (film critic and historian) and Mabel Tam (head film buyer, Landmark Cinemas).

Animation Is Film is produced by GKIDS in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Variety with Google and Fathom Events as additional sponsors and media partners.