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Work in Progress, Conferences, Masterclasses: Annecy ‘Meetings’ Must-See Events

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We’ve featured key events of both the Festival and MIFA not to missed at this year’s Annecy – now for the ‘Meetings’ part of the festival, which start on 11th June. These Conferences, Keynotes, Work in Progress, Masterclasses and Studio Focus sessions will offer the opportunity for big names in the animation industry, world-renowned studios and professionals to meet up:


This year, the Festival’s special guests Duke Johnson and Dino Stamatopoulos will tell us the secrets of Starburns Industries, the studio that produced Anomalisa and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, in a meeting take place on Friday 15th June at 4:30 pm in the Bonlieu Petite salle.

Work in Progress

Animation professionals will exclusively present the first footage of their feature films or animated TV series in production, as well as their production methods. The twelve Work in Progress sessions that have been organised include The Swallows of Kabul by Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec and Zabou Breitman, Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse by Peter Ramsey, Bob Persischetti and Rodney Rothman, The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Italy by Lorenzo Mattotti, and Radiant by Seiji Kishi and Daiki Fukuoka, Playmobil – Le Film, just to name a few.

Spies in Disguise (WIP FEATURE)

Spies in Disguise takes us into the exciting world of espionage with an eccentric and off-the-wall duo. An unmissable event for you to exclusively discover the different stages of creation in this animated film.
In the presence of the directors Troy Quane and Nick Bruno (Blue Sky Studios).

The first footage of 101 Dalmatian Street (WIP TV)

Disney’s new series follows the adventures of a huge family of London dogs: Dolly and Dylan, their Mum and Dad, and 97 younger brothers and sisters. The show mixes up canine comedy, urban adventure and extreme sibling rivalry, and poses the question about how you can grow up and find your own place in the world’s biggest and messiest family.

In the presence of the director Miklos Weigert, Passion Animation Studios’ artistic director Tristan Menard and executive producer Cara Speller, and head writer Maria O’Loughlin.

Making of Ferdinand

The director Carlos Saldanha is offering us the chance to enter the set of Ferdinand, the latest success of Blue Sky Studios in an adaptation of the popular children’s book by Munro Leaf. This is a unique experience to have a behind-the-scenes look at the creation and production of this feature film. Monday 11th June at 4:30 pm in the Bonlieu Petite salle.


On Tuesday 12th June at 6:30 pm, Shuzo John Shiota from Polygon Pictures will give a presentation and reveal how the Japanese production society has been able to maintain a foothold in the tumultuous world of computer animation, while also continuing to create captivating stories and original work.

Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird, the co-presidents of 20th Century Fox Animation, invite Jennifer Wolfe (AWN) for a discussion on the animation industry and its future in terms of creating entertainment shows through the use of art, stories and techniques. Wednesday 13th June at 6:30 pm in the Bonlieu Petite salle.

Studio Focus

An exceptional opportunity for discovering the creative or technical processes of the biggest animation studios, such as Google Spotlight Stories, Pearl Studios, Cartoon Network, Paramount Animation, Netflix, Pixar, Warner Bros., and Nickelodeon, just to name a few.

Warner Bros. Presents:  A Look Ahead

In this conference, Warner executives and directors will reveal unreleased content from Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, Smallfoot, and from upcoming projects such as The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, S.C.O.O.B. and Looney Tunes Cartoons.

Netflix Animation: From Award-Winning Kids & Family Series to Exciting Anime and Irreverent Adult Animation

Netflix will be present at the Festival for the first time. In this conference, four content creators from the studio representing four popular genres – kids, anime, international originals and adult animation – will reveal all of the news relating to this video on demand platform.

Launch of Pearl Studio: From the Himalayas to the Moon!

Pearl Studios, the co-producer of the international blockbuster Kung Fu Panda 3, invite you to a one-of-a-kind meeting with directors Glen Keane and Jill Culton, with the exceptional attendance of Peilin Chou, the chief creative officer of Pearl Studio.

Cartoon Network Celebrate Women in the World of Animation

Some of Cartoon Network’s most successful, inspiring and influential women as they share advice, stories of their careers and their proudest moments to date. An unmissable meeting for discovering exclusive content. A special announcement about Cartoon Network will be made during this exciting event.


More than 60 participants, professionals and experts from around the world will take part in 14 conferences during the Festival, during which exchanges and reflection on current and future issues in animation are encouraged.

When Music Animates

Discussion about the place of music in animation. In the presence of Alexandre Mahout, director of music and publication at EuropaCorp, Laurent Perez Del Mar, composer, Bruno Seznec, Sound Designer at Piste Rouge, and Ruben Feffer, producer, composer and music director at Ultrassom Music Ideas.

Feature Film Organisation Production: Case Studies

By means of three feature film productions, an emphasis on production and manufacturing processes… and their technical challenges.

In the presence of Julien Villaneuva, Circus chairman and co-founder, Guillaume Ivernel, Lux Populi VFX director, Zhiyi Zhang, Lux Populi VFX producer, Tim Allen, Tim Allen Animation animator, and Paul Harrod, Sticky Films Limited production designer.

OTT Platforms: A New Eldorade for Adult Animation?

Long marginalised and difficult to finance, there are new opportunities and real ways for adult animation to be used. But what are they?

In the presence of David Alric, producer at Bobbypills, Oliver Fallaix, French market developer at Crunchyroll, Matthew Senreich, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios executive producer, Walter Newman, Adult Swim vice-president, and Antonio Canobbio, Titmouse vice-president and creative director.

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