American producer Ron Diamond was chosen to put together a programme for the Festival about how French animation as is seen from the hills of Hollywood.
The Californian Ron Diamond (Acme Filmworks) is a big advocate for animation who has been presenting an annual selection of outstanding shorts since 1998 in his Animation Show of Shows. His programmes are screened all over the US, including inside the walls of major studios like Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks.
The Annecy Festival asked Mr Diamond if he would be so kind as to compile a programme reflecting Hollywood’s vision of French animation. It’s no surprise that some of the shorts that got noticed by the Pacific-dweller were some of France’s biggest modern hits: Jérémy Clapin’s Skhizein, The Crab Revolution by Arthur de Pins, At the End of the Earth by Konstantin Bronzit and Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Monk and the Fish.
He’s also included three graduation films that made a splash at festivals all over the world like Overtime, En tus brazos and Ascension.
The programme is completed by three films with diverse qualities: first, the singular beauty of Joanna Lurie’s The Silence Beneath the Bark, the exceptional technical and storytelling skills of Fabrice O Joubert and his French Roast, and finally, the new aesthetic style of Bastien Dubois’ Madagascar, a Journey Diary.