Annecy: ‘Chandasma,’ ‘Dom Fadrique’ Set for Mifa Pitches

Child soldiers, broken families, breast cancer, British imperialism: the subjects of the six animated feature projects selected for this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Market (Mifa) underscore the fact that animation made outside the U.S. these days is anything but escapist entertainment.

One of Annecy’s key market sections, its pitching sessions are also often a first sign of new talent hailing now from almost any part of the world. This year, two features from the ever-building world cinema animation scene, Colombia’s “Chandasma”and Portugal’s “Dom Fadrique,” figure among six movie projects to be pitched to buyers, sales agents and potential co-producers in the animated feature project section, at Mifa, which runs parallel to France’s Annecy Animation Festival, the world’s biggest annual animation meet.

Set up at Colombia’s Timbo Studio, whose credits include ”Tropical Virus,” Chandasma” centers on Renata, a girl forced to
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‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’ Trailer: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Star Max Records Totally Didn’t Kill Anybody

‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’ Trailer: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Star Max Records Totally Didn’t Kill Anybody
Going around saying “I am not a serial killer” is a good way to get people to think you’re a serial killer. Naming your movie that is a good way to get people’s attention. Max Records of “Where the Wild Things Are” stars in Billy O’Brien’s film, which premiered at South by Southwest and comes out next month. Watch its evocative trailer below.

Read More: SXSW Exclusive: Clip From The Thriller ‘I Am Not A Serial Killer’ Starring Max Records From ‘Where The Wild Things Are

The footage is heavy on mood and shots of Christopher Lloyd on an elliptical but light on concrete details. For more of those, here’s the official synopsis: “Sixteen-year old John Cleaver (Max Records) is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tempt him, so for his own sake,
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Windmill Lane Cuts 'Other Side' & 'Roadkill'

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Windmill Lane are posting two feature projects for Parallel Films. 'The Other Side' and 'Roadkill', are being made for the Syfy channel, both filmed in Ireland during summer 2010 and are currently in the hands of Windmill's VFX team. Gráinne Gavigan (The Clinic) 'The Other Side' which is directed by BAFTA nominee, Billy O'Brien (The Tale of the Rat that Wrote) and stars Joe Flanigan (The Other Sister) and John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark). 'Roadkill' is directed by Johannes Roberts (Hellbreeder) and produced by Adrian Sturges. Starring Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil: Afterlife) and Irish actor Stephen Rea (Ondine).
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Fi's Five Fave Short Films!

It's time for part 2 in the sometimes series that I like to call Lists here at late Film, with today's rather titularly self-explanatory list coming luke warm off the heels of Fi's Fave Films! - An Alternative List. Back when late night TV was great here in the UK, I would avidly watch short films from the random showings on Channel 4 (some, such as Alison De Vere's The Black Dog, were regulars) to less random collections on Shooting Gallery. For as long as I've loved film, I've loved short film, for there is something so powerful and emotive in these short few minutes. Yes indeed, I loves me a short film, and here is my pick of top 5 fave's...

1. The Tale Of The Rat That Wrote (Billy O'Brien, 1999)

Anyone who knows me will tell you I just simply adore rodents, so it's probably unsurprising, then, that my favorite short would feature a rat.
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