WarnerMedia shows out at Annecy International Animation Film Festival
Last week, Annecy International Animation Film Festival (AIAFF) held its annual event, considered by many to be the Academy Awards of the animation world. AIAFF is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the International Animated Film Association.
The festival, which takes place every year in the town of Annecy, France holds competitions between cartoon films of various techniques including animated drawings, cut-out papers, modelling clay, and more in various film categories. Around 115,000 people were admitted to this year’s 6-day festival, which included over 500 screenings on 17 indoor and outdoor screens. The jam-packed festival also features work-in-progress sessions, studio focus panels, parties and other events attended by the global animation community.
WarnerMedia’s Cartoon Network and Adult Swim made a splash at this year’s festival to showcase some of its very best in programing from its global animation studios. With screenings, panels featuring a diverse lineup of talent, and its annual Picnic-by-the Lake (a partnership with Warner Bros. for the second consecutive year), Cartoon Network and Adult Swim highlighted a wide array of exclusive content and sneak peeks. They included: Adult Swim’s recently announced new series “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal,” and two new shows screened in official competition, “The Shivering Truth” and “Tigtone.”
Cartoon Network hosted two panels: “The Ingredients of Comedy” featuring George Gendi (“Apple & Onion”), Mic Graves (“The Amazing World of Gumball”), Maddie Queripel (“Infinity Train”), and Vaibhav Kumaresh (“Lamput”), with Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA, International Kids Strategy moderating, and “The Making of Steven Universe,” with Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey. Two original series, “Apple & Onion” and “The Powerpuff Girls” screened in competition, and Cartoon Network also announced its next scholarship recipients as part of their ongoing support for emerging talent all over the world.
Warner Bros. brand new series “Looney Tunes Cartoons” made its debut at the festival. The new show will feature a series of new short form cartoons starring the beloved Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other marquee characters. This new season, which will feature some of the premiere artists working in animation today, will produce 1,000 minutes of new short form cartoons that will be distributed across multiple platforms — including digital, mobile and broadcast.
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival took place June 10-15.