Fall Festival & Event Updates



Insect therapy, the new comedy feature from 88 Productions and Citronella Stories, powered by Epic MegaGrants, celebrates its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival this month in texas. The strip starts on Sunday, October 24th at 4:30 p.m. with an encore on October 25th at 8 p.m., both followed by Cast & Crew Q&A. Director: Jason Reisig (Small foot) and written by Emmy-nominated Tonight show Author Michael Jann and Michele Jourdan shows this carefree look at mental health the voices of Dr. Phil, Meghan Trainor, Jay Leno, Sterling K. Brown, Tom Green, Emily Goglia and Reisig. Read more about the CGI feature film here.

Image courtesy of LAIKA

Animation is film (AIF) announced the jury members and special events for the 4th Annual Edition (October 22-24) in addition to the hugely popular curated program from Annecy International and Women In Animation. Additionally, LAIKA, will host a presentation of all five award-winning animation studio feature films presented in a curated exhibition in the TCL lobby. Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing link. The festival takes place in person and returns to its home in the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood.

  • This year’s jury consists of Myke Chilian (Animator; creator, Tig ‘n Seek), Deborah Cook (Stop motion costume designer), Peter Debrugge (Main film critic, diversity / Chairman of the jury), Sandra Equihua (Creative consultant, Maya and the three), Dan Krall (Artist, producer, Dexter’s laboratory), Kristin Lowe (CCO of the functions for DreamWorks Animation), Erick Oh (Oscar nominee for Opera), Ray Pride (Movie review), Raye Rodriguez (Creator & Executive Producer, High Guardian’s Spice), Charles Solomon (Critics and historians) and Ramin Zahed (Editor-in-Chief for Animation magazine).
  • Free this year Virtual program Headlights Baobab studios Namoo: A conversation with Eric Darnell and Erick Oh, Animation in video games, Mamoru Hosoda: In conversation with Leonard Maltin and Story as old as time: Beauty and the Beast Turns 30.
  • Best of Annecy: women filmmakers in the spotlight will include No leaders please (Joan Gratz, USA), Affairs of art (Joann Quinn, Great Britain / Canada), It’s raining (Carolina Corral Paredes & Magali Rocha Donnadieu, Mexico), Like being at home (Andrea Dorfman, Canada), What echoes in the silence (Marine Blin, France) and The awakening of the insects (Stephanie Lansaque, France).
My sunny maad

My sunny maad

The Czech center announced the 25th Made in Prague Festival (7 November to 10 December; London, UK) will show a screening of an animated feature film My sunny maad, in which the Oscar-nominated filmmaker will be attending Michaela Pavlátová. Based on the novel Freshta by Petra Procházková, the film focuses on a Czech student who falls in love with an Afghan and moves to Kabul to live with his large and hospitable family. My sunny maad will play as part of the Contemporary Czech Cinema program at The Gate, Notting Hill. (Want to learn more about the film? Don’t miss the December issue of Animation magazine, Available Soon.)

Meneath: The hidden island of ethics

Meneath: The hidden island of ethics

ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the world’s largest indigenous screen presenter, will host in-person and virtual events in Toronto from October 19-14. Among the selection of over 145 works by artists representing 51 indigenous nations and 26 indigenous languages, there is a large number of high-quality animated short films that are shown in various programs: Ajjigiingiluktaaqtugut (We are all different) by Lindsay McIntyre, Angakusajaujuq – The shaman’s apprentice by Zacharias Kunuk, Maple Sugar Moon by Jay Havens and Spy Dénommé-Welch, Meneath: The hidden island of ethics by Terril Calder, Nuevo Rico by Kristian Mercado, Premonition: on the eve of the signing of the contract 6 by Barry Bilinksy, The station from Lyana Patrick, struggle by Christopher Grant and Will flowers be? by Kay Chan.

The world inside

The world inside

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles Animation festival on International Animation Day, Thursday, October 28th at 8 p.m. (in person) and 8:30 p.m. (online) and shows the limitless expressive potential of French animation in a collection of eight ambitious, award-winning short films for mature palates:

  • The world inside – Sandrine Stoïanov, Jean-Charles Finck
  • Under the skin, the bark – Franck Dion
  • Is that really good? – Marc Faye
  • My friend who shines in the night – Jawed Boudaoud, Simon Cadilhac, Grégoire de Bernouis, Hélène Ledevin
  • Precious – Paul Mas
  • absence – Marc Héricher
  • Sweet madness, tough madness – Marine Laclotte
  • Asmahan the Diva – Chloé Mazlo
Pinocchio and friends

Pinocchio and friends

the Italian television festival (ITTV) is returning to Los Angeles October 30 through November 2, kicking off a family-friendly, free premiere premiere event at Little Italy, San Pedro. The motto of the public screening event is “The Young TV” in connection with this year’s festival focus on writing for TV series, animation and LBE. The opening night, in collaboration with the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles, ENIT, the Italian National Tourism Association and the Little Italy of Los Angeles Association. is dedicated to animated short films and TV series for children and families:

  • Pinocchio and friends (US Premiere Feature) – created by Rainbow Group and Rai Ragazzi
  • Puffin – a three-part series with the voice of Johnny Depp
  • Arctic friends – a two-part series by ILBE Group Productions
  • Mila – a CG animated short film about a little girl who survived WWII bombing raids in Trento, Italy, in 1943, by Cinzia Angelini
  • 44 cats – created by Iginio Straffi
  • Winx Club – created by Iginio Straffi
Psychological psalms

Psychological psalms

Open the portal hosts the World premiere its first original pilot, Psychological psalms, on Saturday October 23rd at the Cinelounge Outdoor Theater in Los Angeles. The event will be hosted by Mauricio Alvarado and Jerry Beck and will include a Q&A / Meet and Greet with the All-Star Animators who worked on the project – including veterans of The nightmare before Christmas, gummy bear and Coraline – plus adult drinks, food truck food, gourmet popcorn, merch from RockinPins.com and original artwork from the pilot artists. The premiere takes place in conjunction with the retro Spooky Toons demonstration Betty Boops Halloween Party.

Beauty water

Beauty water

Five compelling titles from around the world were won for the. nominated Best animated feature film Category of 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards. With the award ceremony on November 11th, the 3rd Asia Pacific Screen Forum; both presented by the Asia Pacific Screen Academy with support from Griffith Film School. The nominees are:

  • Beauty water (South Korea) – you. Kyung-hun Cho, item no. Byung-jin Jeon
  • Luck favors Lady Nikuko (Japan) – Sub. Ayumu Watanabe, Art.-No. Sanma Akashiya, Eiko Tanaka, Shu Kamigaso, Mitsugu Yamada
  • The knight and the princess (Saudi Arabia / Egypt) – you. Bashir el Deek, Ibrahim Mousa; Prod. Alabbas bin Alabbas
  • The nose or the Mavericks conspiracy (Russia) – Sub. / Prod. Andrey Chrzhanovsky
  • Where’s Anne Frank (Belgium) – you. Ari Folman, Prod. Jani Thiltges, Yves Kugelmann, Ari Folman, Alexander Rodnyansky

In 2022, FMX – Film and Media Exchange will return to his home base in Stuttgart after online hosting in 2021. From May 3rd to 5th, the FMX will open its doors with a first-class program on site at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. On May 6th, FMX will switch to virtual mode and offer an exclusive online program that will be available worldwide. The conference is inspired by the main theme Change the game, with director and producer Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull (The afterlife, 2036 origin unknown, Fast Layne) joins FMX as the first ever program chairman.




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