(That You May Never Have Heard Of!)
Note: Posted by Lobell, written by Larry Ruppel
There is a film festival held each year in a storybook-like village that is best described as one of the most magical experiences that can be had for aficionados of animated films. I am referring to the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which takes place every mid-June on a picturesque lake in French Alps, about half an hours drive from Geneva, Switzerland.
For anyone who is truly enamored with the art of the animated film, this festival should serve as a pilgrimage, an essential, sensory-overloaded journey to be undertaken at least once in one’s lifetime.
As a regular participant, I have seen this event, along with animation’s reach and technology, grow and expand over several decades. The festival originated as an offshoot of the Cannes Film Festival in 1960, and was held bi-annually until 1998. Since then the festival has taken place annually, no doubt a result of the quantum leap in the sheer amount of animation produced every year, an outcome of easily available filmmaking technology.
For those in the animation business (and for those who love animation), the experience of being surrounded by fellow animation professionals, eager students and passionate fans can be quite intoxicating. The festival often seems powered by this intoxication, both cerebral and liquid, and throws in its fantasyland surroundings to complete the otherworldly euphoria that builds over the course of its six-day run. [Continue reading]