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Annecy 2018: UK Highlights!

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The world’s largest animation festival returns to the glistening shores of Lake Annecy this June and brings with it an plethora of international showmanship from across the globe.

Annecy 2018 is set to feature screening competitions, features, work in progress reviews and whole load more, so where does the UK industry fit into all this? As well as UK companies setting out their stall at MIFA along the flagship AnimationUK stall there are many events that you might want to reserve tickets for when reservations open.

Here’s a selection of the UK talent on display at Annecy this year.

Short Films in Competition

The UK finds itself with three films in competition this year, two already accoladed online with a third available to watch on the BFI Player. Don’t just click play below, seek out these films where they are meant to be seen – on the big screen. This year Annecy will not be screening films out of competition.

Happiness
Dir. Steve CUTTS

I’m OK
Dir. Elizabeth HOBBS


Strange Beasts

Dir. Magali BARBÉ

That Yorkshire Sound
Dir. Marcus ARMITAGE

Graduation Films in Competition

This years graduation films showcase seven film from the UK, or perhaps it might be easier to say ‘London’ with the usually schools of the RCA and NFTS flying the flag for UK animation grads. Not to whine Annecy, but there are animation schools outside of the capital as well.

[O]
Dirs. Mario RADEV, Chiara SGATTI
London College of Communication

A Daily Chat
Dir. Cheng-hsu CHUNG
Royal College of Art

Barbeque
Dir. Jenny JOKELA
Royal College of Art

Body World
Dir. Kitty FAINGOLD
Royal College of Art

Facing It
Dir. Sam GAINSBOROUGH
National Film and Television School

Inanimate
Dir. Lucia BULGHERONI
National Film and Television School

Microdistrict
Dir. Ivelina IVANOVA
University of Westminster

TV Films in Competition

The Highway Rat
Dir. Jeroen JASPAERT

Hilda “Midnight Giant”
Dir. Andy COYLE

Interview with ‘Hilda’ creator Luke Pearson

Commissioned Films in Competition

BBC One Christmas 2017 “The Supporting Act”
Dir. Elliot DEAR
BLINKINK

Channel 4 “The Great British Bake Off”
Dir. PARABELLA (Mikey PLEASE, Dan OJARI)
BLINKINK

Conan O’Brien Discusses “We’re Going to Be Friends” by the White Stripes
Dir. MOTH STUDIO
MOTH STUDIO

Mr. Jukes “Grant Green”
Dirs. Anna GINSBURG, Parallel TEETH
STRANGE BEAST

Orange Is the New Black – Unravelled (Singapore, Slovenia, United Kingdom)
Dir. Spela CADEZ
FINTA

Unicef “Exam Stress, Syrian Style”
Dir. Raj YAGNIK
UNICEF/WIRED VIDEO LTD

Feature Films Out of Competition

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen (Belgium, Estonia, Ireland, United Kingdom)
Dir. Kaspar JANCIS

Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires
Dir. Mike MORT

Work in Progress

Beccas Bunch
A UK and Ireland co production sees the world of Connor Finnegan’s Fear of Flying expanded into a family friendly series. Find out more about the show made by JAM Media and Factory with JAM’s John Rice and Alan Shannon (Executive Producer) and Series Director Connor Finnegan, with SVP for International Production and Development at Nickelodeon Nina Hahn,


101 Dalmatian Street
London studio Passion will be sending along Executive Producer Cara Speller, Director Miklos Weigert, Head Writer Maria O’Loughlin and Art writer Tristan Menard to explain the process behind stylish new pooch project 101 Dalmatian St a new Disney show which takes the Pongo and Pedita legacy and passes it on to new characters Dolly and Dylan.


The Annecy festival returns on the 13th June and runs until the 18th. Stay tuned to Skwigly during the week for coverage on the festival as it happens. As ever you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with proceedings.

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