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Animation Is Film announces preliminary feature competition line up and jury

Animation Is Film announces preliminary feature competition line up and jury

Animation
Animation 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 Váz
GKIDS acquires North American rights of The Big Bad Fox

GKIDS acquires North American rights of The Big Bad Fox

Animation, Uncategorized
Like always when there’s a promising foreign animated feature like The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, the kind that happened yesterday, GKIDS went ahead and acquired its North American distribution rights. The film is based on a graphic novel that Renner published in 2015 (and which was recently released in a translated English version). Renner co-directed the film with Patrick Imbert who was the animation director of Ernest & Celestine. The 80-minute film, a compilation of three outlandish tales set on an everyday farm, will be released theatrically by GKIDS this winter. Big Bad Fox is a production of Folivari, the new production studio from veteran French producer Didier Brunner who co-produced Fox with Panique. Studio Canal launched Renner’s film in French theaters on June 21
Japan’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower to open in North American theatres this winter

Japan’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower to open in North American theatres this winter

Animation, Content
Mary and the Witch’s Flower, the highly anticipated debut feature from Japan’s Studio Ponoc will be landing in North American theatres this winter thanks to a deal with GKIDS. The deal was negotiated by Mike Runagall for Altitude Film Sales and Eric Beckman for GKIDS. The story of Mary and the Witch’s Flower centers on an ordinary young girl named Mary who discovers a flower that grants magical powers but only for one night. As she is whisked into an exciting new world beyond belief, she must learn to stay true to herself. The film is based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick with a script by Riko Sakaguchi. This inaugural feature is directed by Academy Award nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi and produced by Studio Ponoc founder and two-time Oscar nominee Yoshiaki
The Breadwinner to premiere at Toronto Film Fest

The Breadwinner to premiere at Toronto Film Fest

Studio
Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner will have its world premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, it is understood. The film, based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis, tells the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan who, after her father’s imprisonment, disguises herself as a boy to become the family’s breadwinner. Ellis wrote the screen story, and Anita Doron delivered the screenplay. An Ireland-Canada-Luxembourg co-production, Breadwinner originated out of Kilkenny, Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon with the additional involvement of Canada’s Aircraft Pictures and Guru Studio, and Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions. GKIDS is set to distribute the film in the United States. Incidentally, the film also marks the first time tha
Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 launched with screening of My Neighbor Totoro

Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 launched with screening of My Neighbor Totoro

Animation, Events
Studio Ghibli Fest 2017, a six-film, monthly series of films directed by Hayao Miyazaki, launched yesterday with the screening of the 1988-made iconic film My Neighbor Totoro. Presented in partnership by GKIDS and Fathom Events, one of Miyazaki’s films will be screened in over 550 U.S. theatres on a Sunday and a Monday each month. All Sunday presentations will be dubbed and shown at 12:55pm local time, while Monday showings will be subtitled and shown at 7pm local time. The line-up for the series are as follows: Kiki’s Delivery Service: July 23 and 24, Castle in the Sky: August 27 and 28, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: September 24 and 25, Spirited Away: October 29 and 30,  Howl’s Moving Castle: November 26 and 27. As part of each screening, GKIDS will also present GKIDS Minif
GKIDS along with two partners to launch annual animation film fest in LA

GKIDS along with two partners to launch annual animation film fest in LA

Animation
New York-based animation producer and distributor GKIDS has partnered with Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Variety magazine to launch an annual animation film festival in L.A that would be called Animation Is Film. The inaugural film event will feature 20 programmes for both adults and families including feature films in competition, special presentations, retrospectives and short-film programs. The festival will run from October 20 to 22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood (Mann’s Chinese Theater). Animation Is Film aims to establish a world-class animation festival in the US market at par with major events in Europe, like Annecy. The festival’s mission is to champion filmmakers creating work outside of the constraints of conventional animation to support wom
GKIDS releases storyboard art pieces of My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

GKIDS releases storyboard art pieces of My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Animation, Uncategorized
The ultimate teen comedy/disaster animation movie My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea has released in select theatres with great response. And seeing the kind of  response, GKIDS has released some lovely concept storyboard art pieces, created by Andrew Lorenzi and cartoonist cum director Dash Shaw. Shaw’s feature animation debut mixes drawings, paintings and collage to relate an outrageous story of disaster survival and teen angst. Dash, voiced by Jason Schwartzman and his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) are preparing for a new year at Tides High School, muckraking on behalf of their school paper. Just as romance starts blossoming between the two, Assaf and Verti (threatening the boys’ friendship), Dash learns of the administration’s cover-up that puts the whole school in dang
Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2017 formalised

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2017 formalised

Animation
    The curtains of the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2017 that was held between March 10 was wrung down on March 17. But not before the awards ceremony. It was then that it named the winners of the Grand Prize and Award of Excellence in feature and short film competitions and presented the awards. The feature film competition Grand Prize went to The Girl without Hands directed by Sébastien Laudenbach and produced by Les Film Sauvages in France. The director’s debut feature project premiered at Cannes last year. The film won the Jury Distinction award at Annecy, as well as the Best Film Award at Anim’Est and Grand Prize at the Bucheon animation festival. It was also nominated for the Cesar. Another internationally popular festival favourite My Life as a Zucchini by director Cla