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2016 Annecy Guide: Everything You Won’t Want to Miss

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Starting tomorrow it’s time for the 2016 Annecy Film Festival in Annecy, France. It’s the biggest animation film festival in the world where big animation studio’s, animation students and animation fans all join together to get a look at everything that’s coming up. Besides presentations about upcoming animated features and exclusive premieres and screenings, there’s also a ton of opportunities for portfolio reviews and some signing sessions with animation talent.

In case you’re going this year, or you’re interested in following the latest gossip from the festival we selected some presentations, screenings, signing sessions and review opportunities you won’t want to miss out on this year.

Monday, June 13th

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Pixar Animation Studios Recruitment Presentations

Time: 10:00-12:00 (Tips for Creating an Animator Demo Reel / Q&A / Meet and Greets), 15:00-17:00 (Tips for Creating a Story Portfolio / Q&A / Meet and Greets)
Location: L’Impérial Palace Salon Prestige and L’Impérial Palace Prestige

Come and learn more about what we look for in animation demo reels and story artist portfolios. Have you ever been interested in working for Pixar? Then this is a meeting you won’t want to miss!

Admission: Open to all badgeholders, first come, first seated

More info!

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Michaël Dudok De Wit – ‘The Red Turtle’

Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (signing session), 20:30 – 21:55 and 21:00 – 22:25 (screening)
Location: Bonlieu Forum (signing session), Bonlieu Grande salle and Bonlieu Petite salle (screening)

Last year, Michaël Dudok de Wit presented The Red Turtle as a Work in Progress, and now he’s ready to share the finished version as the Annecy Festival opener. The film is the first venture into feature direction for this Dutch filmmaker who is renowned for his shorts The Monk and the Fish and Father and Daughter.

Admission: Open to all, first come first seated (signing session), By invitation (screening)

More info!

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Ice Age: Open Air Screening

Time: 22:15 – 23:45
Location: Le Pâquier

As the next instalment of the “Ice Age” saga is set to hit theatres this summer, refresh your memory about the first adventures of Sid, Manny and Diego, the most famous prehistoric animals of their generation!

Admission: Open to all, first come first seated

More info!

Tuesday, June 14th

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DreamWorks’ Trolls

Time: 09:30 – 10:45 (Work in Progress Feature), 11:30 – 12:30 (signing session with production designer Kendal Cronkhite)
Location: Salle Pierre Lamy (Work in Progress Feature) and Bonlieu Forum (signing session)

The next DreamWorks feature is almost here! From the creators of “Shrek” comes “Trolls”, a smart, funny and irreverent animated comedy. This fall, you can discover the story of the overly optimistic dolls who always have a song on their lips. They’ll be grappling with the comedically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have Trolls in their tummies.

Admission: Open to Meetings and Mifa badgeholders, by reservation (Work in Progress Feature) and Open to all, first come first seated (signing session)

More info!

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Pixar Animation Studios Recruitment Presentations

Time: 10:00-12:00 (Tips for Creating a Story Portfolio / Q&A / Meet and Greets), 15:00-17:00 (Tips for Creating an Animator Demo Reel / Q&A / Meet and Greets)
Location: L’Impérial Palace Prestige

Come and learn more about what we look for in animation demo reels and story artist portfolios. Have you ever been interested in working for Pixar? Then this is a meeting you won’t want to miss!

Admission: Open to all badgeholders, first come, first seated

More info!

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Animation at Warner Bros.

Time: 16:00  17:15
Location: Salle Pierre Lamy

Discover Warner Animation Group (WAG), the exciting in-house animation studio behind The Lego Movie, and join award-winning producer Brad Lewis for an exclusive look at Storks, an action-packed, funny and heartfelt new animated adventure about finding your family in the most unlikely way, from directors Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland.

Admission: Open to all badgeholders, first come, first seated

More info!

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Behind the Scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios

Time: 18:00 – 19:15
Location: Salle Pierre Lamy

Behind the scenes, a community of artists, creative thinkers, and innovative problem solvers work together to bring compelling stories, appealing characters, and believable worlds to life.
Dawn Yamazi (Director Talent Development & Outreach), Jason Figliozzi (Animation Supervisor), Jean-Christophe Poulain (Layout Supervisor), Josh Staub (VFX Supervisor), and Mike Huang (Production Manager) will share what it’s like to be a part of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Admission: Open to all badgeholders, first come, first seated

More info!

Wednesday, June 15th

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DreamWorks Feature, DreamWorks TV & Oriental DreamWorks Recruiting Presentation

Time: 11:30 – 13:30
Location: L’Impérial Palace Berlioz A&B

Come to this session with DreamWorks recruiters to learn about job opportunities in this famous American studio behind many animation hits. You can also find out about the different ways to apply there.

Admission: Open to all badgeholders, first come, first seated

More info!

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Brad Lewis – ‘Storks’ – Signing Session

Time: 12:30 – 13:30
Location: Bonlieu Forum

Admission: Open to all, first come first seated

More info!

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What Makes a Hit?

Time: 16:00 – 15:15
Location: Salle Pierre Lamy

Nickelodeon explores developing and creating hit content for today’s global audience.

Admission: Open to all badgeholders, first come, first seated

More info!

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Guillermo del Toro – Master of Storytelling

Time: 16:00 – 15:15
Location: Bonlieu Grande salle

After reinventing the horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres with his work in film, television and books, Guillermo del Toro will present his upcoming project “Trollhunters” (DreamWorks).
He’ll reflect on his prolific career leading up to the world’s first glimpse at his latest creation, a Netflix original series. It’s a cinematic television experience for the whole family that will unleash a new fantastical world conceived by del Toro, full of complex characters and other trolls, residents of the fictional suburb of Arcadia.

Admission: Open to all badgeholders, first come, first seated

More info!

Thursday, June 16th

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The Secret Life of Pets

Time: 11:30 – 12:30 (signing session), 20:30 – 22:00 (presentation)
Location: Bonlieu Forum (signing session), Salle Pierre Lamy (presentation)

Be the first to see the latest comedy from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures, “The Secret Life of Pets” is holding its world premiere in Annecy!

Admission: Open to all, first come first seated (signing session), Open to all badgeholders by reservation and single admission ticket sales for the general public (screening)

More info!

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The Boss Baby

Time: 18:15 – 19:15 (signing session), 16:00 – 17:15 (presentation)
Location: Bonlieu Forum (signing session), Bonlieu Grande salle (presentation)

Join director Tom McGrath as he discuss the story process and artistic development of DreamWorks Animation’s “”The Boss Baby”.

Admission: Open to all, first come first seated (signing session),Open to all badgeholders, first come, first seated (presentation)

More info!

Friday, June 17th

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Moana / Inner Workings

Time: 13:00 – 14:00 (signing session), 10:30 – 12:00 (presentation/presentation)
Location: Bonlieu Forum (signing session), Bonlieu Grande salle (presentation)

An Annecy Festival exclusive, Walt Disney Animation Studios will present never-before-seen footage from their upcoming feature “Moana” and the premiere of the short “Inner Workings”.

Admission: Open to all, first come first seated (signing session), Open to all badgeholders by reservation and single admission ticket sales for the general public (presentation/screening)

More info!

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Finding Dory / Piper

Time: 14:30 – 15:30 (signing session), 16:00 – 17:30 and 17:00 – 18:30 (screening)
Location: Bonlieu Forum (signing session), Bonlieu Grande salle and Cinéma Pathé Pathé 2 (screening)

Dive down into the depths of the ocean and join Marin and Nemo as they help Dory find her family in the sneak preview of Finding Dory!

Admission: Open to all, first come first seated (signing session), Open to all badgeholders by reservation and single admission ticket sales for the general public (presentation/screening)

More info!

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Zootopia: Open-Air Screening

Time: 22:00 – 23:30
Location: La Turbine

Disney’s latest colourfully fantastic feature that we saw exclusive first footage from at Annecy 2015 will be shown in its entirety this year.

Admission: Open to all, first come first seated

More info!

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Finding Nemo: Open-Air Screening

Time: 22:15 – 23:45
Location: Le Pâquier

This Pixar hit is full of adventure, humour and lots of humanity. A great opportunity to see Finding Nemo again before Finding Dory hits theatres this summer.

Admission: Open to all, first come first seated

More info!

For more information about other presentations, screenings and signing session that will also be at this year’s edition of the festival visit the website of the 2016 Annecy Film Festival here. You’ll be able to visit all these events and more at the 2016 Annecy Film Festival from June 13 to June 18, 2016.

Which of the above events at the 2016 Annecy Film Festival are you most interested in?

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About Max

Max is an animation addict from The Netherlands. His favorite animated movies are Beauty and the Beast and Ratatouille, and he is a big fan of everything Disney, Pixar or DreamWorks related. He loves reading and collecting art books and one day he hopes to work for a major animation studio. Follow his art blog: http://maxdenhartog.tumblr.com
  • brandon

    WRITER’S NOTE: This is one of two Annecy 2016 introduction articles that will be posted on the website for everyone to read, whether you are keeping up at home or you are attending the event in person.

    My article, which is longer and more detailed, will go live on the website tomorrow morning!

  • I really wish I could make it to Annecy one of these years….