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European Animation Awards to Launch in 2017

27 June 2016 3:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brexit notwithstanding, Europe looks set to have a new prize event, the European Animation Awards (Eaa), which are inspired by America’s Annie Awards and backed by many of the preeminent figures in Europe’s animation industry.

The new plaudits come after a period of “massive growth” of Europe’s animation industry, which merits broader kudos recognition, said Jean-Paul Commin, Eaa secretary general, who added that the United Kingdom “is and will remain, despite Brexit, an active player in our project.”

“There has been a huge improvement not only in the quantity but quality of animation in Europe. We have some of the best animation schools and European animated features are travelling better,” he said.

The first European Animation Awards gala ceremony will take place in 2017. Peter Lord, creative director of Aardman Animations and producer of many of Europe’s most-watched animated movies – such as the stop-motion “Chicken Run” and »

- Emilio Mayorga

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‘My Life as a Courgette’ Takes Top Prize At Annecy Film Festival

18 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following its critically-acclaimed world premiere at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, Claude Barras’s French stop-motion feature “My Life as a Courgette” scooped the audience prize and the Crystal award for best animated feature at the 40th Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.

Written by sceenwriter/director Celine Sciamma (“Girlhood,””Tomboy”) and based on a novel, “Courgette” is about an orphan trying to adapt to life in a group home.

The film has been sold by Indie Sales in most key territories. A U.S. deal is in advanced negotiations. Gebeka Films will release “Courgette” in France.

Sébastien Laudenbach’s feature debut “The Girl Without Hands,” meanwhile, won the jury prize. Loosely based on a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers, “The Girl,” which features a minimalist animation style inspired by Chinese calligraphy, centers on a struggling miller who sells his daughter to the Devil amid harsh times. Protected by her purity, the »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Annecy: Italy and France Forge Closer Toon Ties

15 June 2016 10:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Italy is forging closer ties with France in the field of animation production, seeking to tap into the expertise of continental Europe’s leader in this sector and set up some co-productions.

The Rome/Lazio Film Commission has signed a collaboration agreement with prominent French toon production hub Pole Image Magelis, which comprises four studios, 11 schools and a substantial fund.

“France is a leader in this sector — the only European country that can stand up to Hollywood. We have a lot to learn from them,” said Luciano Sovena, president of the Rome/Lazio Film Commission, who brokered the agreement.

Under the pact, Italian animators will be able to acquire French know-how through hands-on experience at Magelis, while the more long-term goal is to set up co-productions with France tapping into incentives in both countries.

As part of the collaboration, Rome/Lazio will next month be hosting French toon creators, including writer-helmer-animator-composer Sylvain Chomet (“The Triplets of Belleville”) and Magelis president Francois Bonneau, at a three-day animation conference where they will hobnob with Italian animation specialists. The conference runs from July 8 to 10.

Italians on hand will include Neapolitan producer Luciano Stella, who screened a 13-minute work-in-progress of animated Neapolitan mob fable “Cinderella the Cat” (pictured) at Annecy on Wednesday.

In “Cinderella the Cat,” the title character’s father is killed by her stepmother in collusion with the Camorra gangs that run the Naples port. Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Alessandro Rak and Dario Sansone share directing credits. Stella’s Mad Entertainment previously produced breakout Neapolitan feature “The Art of Happiness,” which won the 2014 European Film Award in the animation category.

The Rome/Lazio meet will be held in Civita di Bagnoregio, an ancient, picturesque hilltop village that is said to have served as inspiration for Japanese animation auteur Hayao Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

Screenings at the Civita di Bagnoregio gathering will include Paris-based On Entertainment’s “The Little Prince,” the highest grossing French animation movie in the past two decades, and “Triplets,” which was nominated for two Oscars.

The Rome/Lazio Film Commission recently launched a 10-million euro ($11.4 million) co-production fund that provides grants and is designed to work in tandem with the country’s competitive tax breaks. Half of the fund is for feature films; the other half is for TV productions. Animation projects qualify in both categories.

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- Nick Vivarelli

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Annecy: Italy and France Forge Closer Toon Ties

15 June 2016 10:36 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — Italy is forging closer ties with France in the field of animation production, seeking to tap into the expertise of continental Europe’s leader in this sector and set up some co-productions.

The Rome/Lazio Film Commission has signed a collaboration agreement with prominent French toon production hub Pole Image Magelis, which comprises four studios, 11 schools and a substantial fund.

“France is a leader in this sector — the only European country that can stand up to Hollywood. We have a lot to learn from them,” said Luciano Sovena, president of the Rome/Lazio Film Commission, who brokered the agreement.

Under the pact, Italian animators will be able to acquire French know-how through hands-on experience at Magelis, while the more long-term goal is to set up co-productions with France tapping into incentives in both countries.

As part of the collaboration, Rome/Lazio will next month be hosting French toon creators, including writer-helmer-animator-composer Sylvain Chomet (“The Triplets of Belleville”) and Magelis president Francois Bonneau, at a three-day animation conference where they will hobnob with Italian animation specialists. The conference runs from July 8 to 10.

Italians on hand will include Neapolitan producer Luciano Stella, who screened a 13-minute work-in-progress of animated Neapolitan mob fable “Cinderella the Cat” (pictured) at Annecy on Wednesday.

In “Cinderella the Cat,” the title character’s father is killed by her stepmother in collusion with the Camorra gangs that run the Naples port. Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Alessandro Rak and Dario Sansone share directing credits. Stella’s Mad Entertainment previously produced breakout Neapolitan feature “The Art of Happiness,” which won the 2014 European Film Award in the animation category.

The Rome/Lazio meet will be held in Civita di Bagnoregio, an ancient, picturesque hilltop village that is said to have served as inspiration for Japanese animation auteur Hayao Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

Screenings at the Civita di Bagnoregio gathering will include Paris-based On Entertainment’s “The Little Prince,” the highest grossing French animation movie in the past two decades, and “Triplets,” which was nominated for two Oscars.

The Rome/Lazio Film Commission recently launched a 10-million euro ($11.4 million) co-production fund that provides grants and is designed to work in tandem with the country’s competitive tax breaks. Half of the fund is for feature films; the other half is for TV productions. Animation projects qualify in both categories.

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- Nick Vivarelli

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From film to TV series: Annecy spotlights 'Ernest & Celestine'

15 June 2016 6:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer Didier Brunner talks updating the Oscar-nominated animation into a TV series backed by Canal+ and France Television.

Veteran French producer Didier Brunner (The Triplets Of Belleville) has revealed further details about the TV spin off from his 2012 Oscar-Nominated animated feature, Ernestine & Celestine.

The 26-part series is expected to be ready in September of this year.

Speaking on an Annecy Film Festival panel ‘From Feature Film To TV Series (and Vice Versa)’, Brunner highlighted the challenges in transforming a hit feature into a small screen series.

“We didn’t just want to do Ernest & Celestine 2,” Brunner commented.

In order to make the TV series, »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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The 12 Hottest Box Office Prospects Coming Out of Cannes

26 May 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Cannes Film Festival doesn’t much care what the American public likes. Hollywood entries at Cannes 2016, which included recent releases “Money Monster and “The Nice Guys,” played out of competition. And most of the award winners won’t register at the North American box office, no matter how much the critics adore them.

However, there was another set of movies at Cannes. While largely ignored by the jury, these titles have serious aspirations to make a mark at the arthouse this year — and at the Oscars next year. They’re the Cannes films you’re most likely to see.

Here’s our ranking of the movies with distributors that most likely to reach a sizable North American audience this fall.

1. “Loving” Director: Jeff Nichols Distributor: Focus Features

Stars: Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga Release date: November 4, 2016 Cannes section: Competition Reviews: Metascore: 71 Critics’ take: Some reviewers admired this sincere biopic, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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Indie Sales Teams With ‘Ernest & Celestine’ Producer on ‘Pachamama’ (Exclusive)

2 March 2016 1:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Indie Sales is joining forces with France’s Folivari, the new banner of Oscar-nominated Didier Brunner (“Kirikou”), to produce “Pachamama,” an animated feature directed by Argentine helmer Juan Antin (“Mercano the Martian”).

Penned by Antin, “Pachamama” is an adventure tale set against the backdrop of the Incan Empire at the start of the 16th century in what is now Peru. The story centers around Tepulpaï, a 10-year-old Indian boy who lives in a remote village nestled in the Andes Mountains and dreams of flying high in the sky and becoming shaman.

Antin’s “Mercano the Martian” won the audience prize at Sitges.

The ambitious toon project, which is co-produced by O2b Films, was first pitched at last year’s Cartoon Movie in Lyon and is now in the final development stage. Indie Sales is co-producing and handling international sales on the project.

Launched in 2013 by former TF1 International topper Nicolas Escbach, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Chomet's "Thousand Miles" Begins Production

5 January 2016 6:24 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Triplets of Belleville and "The Illusionist" director Sylvain Chomet has announced that he's begun production on "The Thousand Miles" at Savoy & Gregory. The project marks the multi-talented French filmmaker's long-awaited return to the animated genre which he previously tackled in 2003 and 2010.

Effectively the helmer's English-language debut, dialogue plays a large part in 'Miles' unlike his previous two animated films. Newcomer James Lipsius along with two iconic American actors with Italian roots will voice the lead characters in a film said to be primarily inspired by the dream journals of iconic Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini.

Set in an early 1980s Italy, the story follows two ageing brothers who, separated by life, reunite through their shared life-dream to compete in Italy's Mille Miglia vintage car rally - the world's most beautiful road race. What follows is a metaphysical journey filled with love, laughter and sorrow.

Though entirely in 2D hand-drawn animation, the »

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Sylvain Chomet Moves Into Production on ‘The Thousand Miles’ (Exclusive)

5 January 2016 3:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Four-time Academy Award nominated Sylvain Chomet, the multi-talented French writer-helmer-animator-composer, is moving into production on “The Thousand Miles,” his anticipated return to feature animation direction after 2003 debut “The Triplets of Belleville” and 2010’s “The Illusionist.”

Having completed a lengthy development process, Chomet and his animation team will initiate character design and storyboarding later this month, followed by production animation with actors. “The Thousand Miles” is slated for a 2017 release.

With dialogue playing an uncharacteristically larger part of the Chomet’s third animation feature, after mere garbled utterance in his first and second, “Miles” also marks Chomet’s effective English-language debut. Two iconic American actors with Italian roots will voice the lead characters. Produced by Savoy & Gregory, a London-based joint venture company managed by the film’s producer Demian Gregory, “The Thousand Miles” also introduces James Lipsius, a 27-year-old actor chosen by Chomet, in his feature debut. Beyond that, voice cast »

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