2024 Annecy International Animation Film Festival: The official website for the 48th Annecy International Animation Film Festival has announced 12 films set to compete in this year’s feature film category. Among them are four Japanese films: “Ghost Cat Anzu,” a French-Japanese co-production directed by Yoko Kuno and Nobuhiro Yamashita; “The Colors Within” by Naoko Yamada; “Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window” directed by Shinnosuke Yakuwa; and “The Imaginary” by Yoshiyuki Momose. The films come from various countries such as France, Luxembourg, Latvia, Belgium, Australia, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, and China. Notable entries include “Into the Wonderwoods” from France and Luxembourg, “Flow” from Latvia, Belgium, and France, and “The Most Precious of Cargoes” from Belgium and France. With this section, the festival will introduce a non-competitive segment called Annecy Present, featuring premieres of high-profile films. Among these are “Give It All” by Yuhei Sakuragi, “Detective Conan: The Million-Dollar Pentagram” by Chika Nagaoka, and “Sand Land” by Yoshihisa Yokoshima. Furthermore, the festival will include Japan-related nominees across various categories, including short films, feature film Contrechamp, VR works, TV films, and graduation films. Some of these include “Kawauso” by Akihito Izuhara, “The Birth of Kitaro: The Mystery of GeGeGe” by Goh Koga, and “My Inner Ear Quartet” by Koji Yamamura.

2024 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival, established in 1960, is an annual event held in Annecy, France, typically at the beginning of June. Initially biennial, it transitioned to an annual format in 1998. Organized by the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA), it is one of the foremost animated film festivals globally. The festival features competitions across various categories including feature films, short films, television and advertising productions, student films, and internet-based films. Additionally, it includes a competition category called “Feature Films Contrechamp” introduced in 2007. Alongside screenings in cinemas throughout the city, the festival also hosts open-air night projections on Pâquier, providing a unique cinematic experience against the backdrop of the lake and mountains. The festival culminates with an awards ceremony on Saturday evening, honouring outstanding achievements in animation.

2024 Annecy International Animation Film Festival Official Selection

Into the Wonderwoods by Vincent Paronnaud, Alexis Ducard / France, Luxembourg

Flow by Gints Zilbalodis / Latvia, Belgium, France

Ghost Cat Anzu by Yoko Kuno, Nobuhiro Yamashita / Japan, France

The Colors Within by Naoko Yamada / Japan

The Most Precious of Cargoes by Michel Hazanavicius / Belgium, France

Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window by Shinnosuke Yakuwa / Japan

Memoir of a Snail by Adam Elliot / Australia

Rock Bottom by María Trénor / Spain, Poland

Sauvages by Claude Barras / Switzerland, France, Belgium

A Boat in the Garden by Jean-François Laguionie / Luxembourg, France

The Imaginary by Yoshiyuki Momose / Japan

The Storm by Busifan / China

Other Japan-related nominees include:

Kawauso by Akihito Izuhara in Short Films

The Birth of Kitaro: The Mystery of GeGeGe by Goh Koga in Feature Film Contrechamp

My Inner Ear Quartet by Koji Yamamura in VR Works

Pokemon Concierge “Episode 2: What’s on Your Mind” by Iku Ogawa in TV films

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead “Akira of the Dead” by Kazuki Kawagoe in TV films

Return by Lindong Chen in Graduation films

Yapolaponky by Masataka Kihara in Graduation films

When was the festival established?

The festival was created in 1960.

Which Japanese Movie was featured in the 2024 Annecy International Animation Film Festival?

Japanese Movie featured in the 2024 Annecy International Animation Film Festival are “Ghost Cat Anzu,” a French-Japanese co-production directed by Yoko Kuno and Nobuhiro Yamashita; “The Colors Within” by Naoko Yamada; “Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window” directed by Shinnosuke Yakuwa; and “The Imaginary” by Yoshiyuki Momose.

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