For some years, the final year students at the Gobelins school in Paris have provided the opening shorts for screening sessions at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market that takes place in early June.
Every day’s proceedings at the festival are introduced with a new short film.
Details of these animated films have been posted below day by day – Monday’s is at the bottom of the post.
The choice of hand drawn animation arose in large part from the themes chosen for the festival by the Annecy organisers. This year is the centenary of Tex Avery’s birth and also marks 100 years since Emile Cohl showed the first animated film, Fantasmagorie. There was a big focus on Indian animation during the festival with three programmes of shorts, student films, and two full length animated features.
Which might go some way to explaining why the majority of these five shorts’ artwork was executed by hand.
Friday the 13th June.
Today’s opening short is called VIP, and it deals with the all important screenings session pass.
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The artists are Kherveen Dabylall, Denis Do, Benoît Guillaumot, Françoise Losito, and Patrick Pujalte.
That makes it the fifth of these opening shorts to be principally produced in hand drawn animation. It must be some sort of statement. Way to go!
See the film here.
Thursday’s (12th of June) film by the Gobelins students is called “Garuda” and it follows the trend set by the previous three in that it’s another piece of hand drawn animation.
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Nicolas Athane, Meryl Franck, Alexis Liddell, Andres Salaff, MaÃ¯lys Vallade were responsible for creating Garuda. You can see the film here.
Wednesday 11th of June
The third release is out there now. It’s called Wild Casting, and was created by Nicolas Caffarel, Thomas Charra, Floriane Marchix, Jérémie Moreau, Baptiste Rogron, and Melvina Wong.
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And guess what! It’s hand drawn animation again…. Here’s the link.
Tuesday 10th of June
The second Gobelins film to be released, La Ballade Sauvage, (below) is now online here.
Another hand drawn animation! Is this a trend? Will they all be hand drawn?
Created by: Cyril Drouin, Mai Nnguyen, Gabriel Jolly Monge, Elen Le Tannou, and Marion Stinghe.
Monday 9th of June
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A new student film makes its debut each day of the festival, and the first to be released is “Supertromp” produced by Brice Chevillard, Melody Cisinsky, David Francois, Jacques Jarczyk and Gaelle Thierry.
Delightful to see that Supertromp has been animated in 2D hand drawn animation.
More films will be added to the Gobelins web page as the week rolls on.