Animation sometimes gets a bad reputation in the film industry. While usually written off as just for kids and families, animation really is film. From October 20-22, 2017, Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood will feature a variety of animated films from around the world during the inagural Animation is Film Festival. Hosted by GKIDS, Variety, and the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the weekend is expected to showcase 20 programs including a competition for feature films, special presentations, retrospectives and short films. There is also a huge emphasis on Women in film making and animation.
Of the Festival, GKIDS Founder and CEO Eric Beckman said, “Creating a stateside film festival that recognizes the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form has long been a dream of GKIDS. We are thrilled that Annecy and Variety have partnered with us to launch Animation is Film and bring exceptional animated filmmaking from around the world to audiences in Los Angeles, the world capital of filmmaking. We look forward to working with an expanding group of partners and supporters to grow the festival over the coming years.”
As mentioned above, the festival comes to Hollywood this October. We can’t wait for more details.