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Creating ‘Coppelia’: Behind the Scenes of the Innovative Hybrid Movie That Debuted at Annecy

Among the dozens of compelling animated features which were unveiled at this week’s Annecy Festival was the German-Belgian-Dutch feature Coppelia. This modern interpretation of the 1870 comic ballet mixes a clever combination of 2D and CG animation and live-action dance. (The work was originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-​Léon to the music of Léo...

Exclusive: Viva Kids Chases Down US Rights to ‘Cow on the Run’

Viva Kids has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the animated feature Cow on the Run; Viva’s President Victor Elizalde negotiated the deal with Alexandra Cruz of Copenhagen Bombay Sales during the 2021 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Viva Kids also has U.S. rights to Ape Star, which is premiering this week at Annecy. Cow on […]

Groundbreaking Anime ‘Robotech’ Lands on Funimation Streaming with Exclusive Collector’s Set & Licensing Line

Robotech, the classic Japanese animated series that helped pique Western audiences’ interest in anime, is ready to be reintroduced to today’s viewers. The space opera epic of humans defending their homeworld against alien domination is set to arrive on the Funimation streaming service later this fall. Produced by Harmony Gold and Tatsunoko Productions,...

Annecy: Special Prizes of the 2021 Festival

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival unveiled the winners of its 12 Special Prizes on Friday in the Bonlieu. Determined by special juries and festival partners, these honors complement Annecy’s Official Awards, which will be announced at the close of this year’s bustling hybrid event on Saturday. Special Prizes 2021: Festivals Connexion...

Studio Ghibli Fest Returns in 2021 with Miyazaki Celebration

After launching in 2017, followed by two wildly successful iterations in 2018-19, Studio Ghibli Fest is back in theaters for 2021, kicking off with celebratory 20th anniversary screenings of esteemed director Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning feature Spirited Away. GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated...

‘Lucky Luke’, ‘The Legendaries’ Ride Again with Media Participations, Pan-European & Maybe Movies

Pan-European (Pan-Européenne), Maybe Movies and Media Participations, through its production companies Dargaud Media and Belvision, announce that they are co-developing two animated feature films adapted from the comic books Lucky Luke and The Legendaries. Lucky Luke will be directed by Guillaume Ivernel (Dragon Hunters, Leap!, Spycies). The writing...

Key Buyer Event: Digital Wraps a Successful Edition

The international online content market Key Buyers Event: Digital closed its third edition which gathered over 1,600 participants from 80 countries, with more than 550 online meetings held between global distributors, producers and the Russian community. Key Buyers Event: Digital organized by ROSKINO with the support of The Ministry of Culture, the...

Close Encounters: ‘Blush’ Director Joe Mateo Shares His Real-Life Inspiration

Filmmaker Joe Mateo’s beautifully crafted and emotionally powerful new short Blush is set to premiere at Annecy as part of the festival’s closing night presentations this Saturday. The CG-animated short, which is billed as the inaugural short by Skydance Animation and Apple Originals, centers on an astronaut who crash lands on a desolate dwarf planet,...

Fest Anča Establishes Non-Traditional Traditions with 2021 Edition

This summer, Slovakia’s Fest Anča International Animation Festival (July 1-4) will present a selection of the best and most compelling Slovak and international animation, but with a twist: the 14th edition will be primarily online. Although the festival will open its gates to a limited number of live viewers in Žilina, it will offer its […]

Blenheim Brings Thelwell Ponies to Life in ‘Merrylegs the Movie’

The award-winning U.K. independent film production company Blenheim Films has announced the upcoming live-action feature Merrylegs the Movie based on the cherished “Thelwell Ponies” and directed by acclaimed director, producer and writer Candida Brady (Trashed, Urban and The Shed Crew, Muse). The Thelwell Ponies, created in the 1950s by late cartoonist...

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