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20th May 2021

  A Festival with Content for the 2021 Edition! 

Discover animation with no limits or frontiers at Annecy!

A breeze of effervescence and creative daring is blowing through the programs of the Festival! Here is the content that will punctuate this 2021 edition:

The Screening Events

On Monday, June 14 at 8:30 p.m., an in-competition Japanese film will open the celebrations: Josee, The Tiger and the Fish by TAMURA Kotaro – Japan (distributed by Eurozoom).

As a prelude, the world premiere of Tomorrow’s Leaves, a hand-drawn and hand-painted animated short by Studio Ponoc, will also be presented.

And also:

  • Wolfwalkers by Ross STEWART and Tomm MOORE – Ireland, Luxemburg – Haut et Court 
  • Spirit Untamed by Elaine Bogan and Ennio Torresan, Jr. (Co-Director) – DreamWorks Animation – Universal Pictures France – Session followed by a live Q&A 
  • Even Mice Belong in Heaven by Denisa GRIMMOVÁ, Jan BUBENICEK – France, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia – Gebeka
  • The Mitchells vs the Machines by Mike RIANDA and Jeff ROWE – USA – SONY PICTURES ANIMATION – Netflix – Session followed by a live Q&A
  • Luca, from Pixar Animation Studios, preceded by a live introduction, with director Enrico Casarosa and producer Andrea Warren. 
  • Coppelia by Jeff TUDOR, Ben TESSEUR, Steven DE BEUL – Germany, Belgium, Netherlands – Urban Distribution International 
  • Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon by Richard CLAUS and Jose ZELADA – Netherlands, Peru – Le Pacte

5 short films will be screened for the closing ceremony:

  • Jung & Restless by Joanna PRIESTLEY – USA 
  • Boy Oh Boy by Stephen IRWIN – United Kingdom Flight by Samuel YAL – France 
  •  Blush by Joe MATEO – USA – Skydance Animation – Apple TV+ 
  • Us Again by Zach PARRISH – USA – Walt Disney Animation Studios

The 60th – the screening

A special screening, full of first-times and surprises!

  • First time on a big screen: Mémoire d’une minute, a program of one-minute short films on the topic of memory, by 11 Annecy-prizewinning directors. Interwoven on an initiative by Joan C. Gratz, they offer us art ranging from the sentimental to the absurd. 
  • First screening in 1960: An Award for Mr. Rossi, a short by Bruno Bozzetto in competition at the time! See it again in 2021, still in Annecy! 
  •  World premiere of the Walt Disney Animation Studios short film Far From the Tree, with a pre-recorded intro by director Natalie Nourigat.


  • Walt Disney and Kugali animation studios present Iwájú
    Speakers: Jennifer Lee, Ziki Nelson, Tolu Olowofoyeku, Hamid Ibrahim, Natalie Nourigat, Marlon West.
  • Animation Embodied
    Speakers: Signe Baumane, Joanna Quinn, Martina Scarpelli. Moderator: Jayne Pilling.

Making of

On the programme, four VIP guided tours right to the heart of the films by the directors and their artistic teams.

  • The Boss Baby: Family Business – DreamWorks Animation 
  • Spirit Untamed – DreamWorks Animation 
  •  Love, Death + Robots – Netflix 
  •  Namoo – Baobab Studios


Through an exclusive glimpse of Evolver – Prologue, a VR experience lead by Terrence Malick (executive producer), produced by Atlas V (France) and Marshmallow Laser Feast (United Kingdom), and in coproduction with Orange – Division XR, this presentation will explore the current state of immersive entertainment through 3 themes: creative potential, technological breakthrough, and spectators expectations.

Find the full detailed programme this way!

Check out the programme