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3rd Mar 2015

  Regina Pessoa sets the tone for Annecy 2015 

This year, the Annecy Festival entrusted the making of the poster to a renowned animator: Regina Pessoa.

Regina Pessoa, a well-known Portuguese artist in the animation world, was asked to design the 2015 poster. A regular at the Festival, she received the Cristal for a Short Film in 2006 for her film Tragic Story with Happy Ending, which she had previously submitted to the Call for Projects in 2001 and in 2011, she was a member of the jury.

Here she talks about her sources of inspiration behind the imagery, which is a testimony to her very peculiar world.

"I was inspired by different things for this poster:
First of all, the poster is paying tribute to animation: the hands, wearing old gloves from the days of the first cartoons, are making shadow puppets, one of the first shapes ever projected and as old as mankind itself.

Le lapin… le lapin!...
This rabbit shadow puppet is my tribute to the Annecy Festival public. After 20 years of regular visits to the Festival, I've heard this unique and very enthusiastic chant from the public of "Le lapin… Le lapin!" many times.

Shadow puppets
The hands that are making the shadow puppets are a woman's. She is the main element of the poster because Annecy 2015 is dedicated to WOMEN.

The colours of Spain
This woman, dressed in red against a yellow background, is a flamenco dancer... because this year's guest country is my neighbour, Spain.

Personal world
Finally, since the Festival graciously asked me to create this poster, I've put a lot of personal touches into it... Especially my fascination for lights and shadows, which I believe sum up the cinema, and my rather sombre and textured style that is a little bit frightening and magical. Shadow puppets are often featured in my work, and rabbits in particular, as they are a secret reference to "Alice in Wonderland", a story that inspires and has been with me since I started filmmaking."

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