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Annecy 2016 to premiere ‘Finding Dory’ and host 4th Disney Art Challenge

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On 17th June 2016 The Annecy International Animation Film Festival will hold the prize-giving ceremony of the 4th edition of Disney Art Challenge. Chaired by John Lasseter, this edition, which theme is “What is happening under the ocean?” will feature the new animated film from Disney•Pixar FINDING DORY.

After the ceremony in the presence of Andrew Stanton, director and Lindsey Collins, producer, FINDING DORY will have its premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

The Disney Art Challenge, a contest to highlight the tomorrow’s talent

The Disney Art Challenge (DAC) was created in 2013 by The Walt Disney Company France in partnership with RECA, the French Network of Animated Cinema Schools, to highlight the talent and creativity of French students in graphic arts.

Recognizing young talent is so important; these up-and-coming artists are the future of our medium. I love seeing the work of these fantastic students and am always inspired by their energy and fresh perspective.

-John Lasseter, Artistic Director of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar and President of the DAC Jury

The competition has become a reference for tomorrow’s talents and offers the 3 winners the recognition of great animation artists, other professionals, and specialist journalists who are animation buffs, and also the Disney Art Challenge grant to help them complete their training. The winners will also receive a diploma and a trophy.

Over 600 students have taken part in the Disney Art Challenge since its creation.

Le Festival du Film d’animation d’Annecy, the perfect rendez-vous

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival is the must-go-to event for animation pros and fans alike and this year will be paying tribute to French animation, making it an obvious choice to expose the works of budding artists and reveal the name of the three laureates of the Disney Art Challenge grants to help them complete their training.

We are hosting the Disney Art Challenge and previewing Finding Dory with great pleasure. The Annecy Festival welcomes around 2000 students every year to meet animation professionals, making our event the natural home for such an initiative

-Marcel Jean, Artistic Director, Annecy International Animation Film Festival

It’s particularly motivating to support and honor the new generation of animators, and I sincerely thank the RECA to support the project and the Festival for hosting us for the fourth Disney Art Challenge prize giving.

-Jean-François Camilleri, President of The Walt Disney Company France.


Students from the 25 schools in the RECA network are invited to create a piece on the theme “What goes on under the ocean?” directly inspired by Finding Dory, Disney•Pixar’s new animated feature to be released in France on 22 June. Entries should be submitted between 15 February and 15 April, and can use traditional or digital techniques to execute their concept art and present a character and set based on the theme.

An exceptional jury chaired by John Lasseter

John Lasseter, Artistic Director of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, will again chair the jury this year alongside Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E, Finding Dory). Jury members include director Arthur de Pins, author of the comic book series Péchés mignons, La Marche du crabe, et Zombillenium whose adaptation as an animated feature he will be directing; and Alexandre Heboyan, notably co-director of the computer-animated adventure fantasy Mune: Guardian of the Moon and who also worked on Kung Fu Panda for Dreamworks.

The other jury members are journalists Caroline Vié (20 Minutes) and Laurent Cotillon (Le Film Français); Caroline Cherrier – winner last year -, Jean-Jacques Launier, founder of Art Ludique-Le Musée and Jean-François Camilleri, President of The Walt Disney Company France, that had the idea of the Disney Art Challenge.

The jury will draw up a shortlist of 10 works to be submitted to Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Dory and John Lasseter, Artistic Director of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.

As well as this, art-lovers will be able to vote for their favorite entry among the 10 on the shortlist between 4-23 July for the Audience Award (Prix du Public) that awards a Disney Art Challenge grant to the winner.

To take part, go to and vote for your favorite piece. The work that gets the highest number of votes will win the first Prix du Public. Registration and rules at

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