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

29 days ago | Indiewire

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,


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Movies & TV

My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
The Breadwinner (2017)
The Secret of Kells (2009)
The Big Bad (2011)
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015)
Flower (2017)
Over the Wall (2018)
Mutafukaz (2017)
Walk On (2013)
Tehran Taboo (2017)
Zombillenium (2017)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Brave (2012)
The Book of Life (2014)
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Up (2009)
Loving Vincent (2017)
Trailer (2003)

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