June 15, 2009
Annecy just wrapped up two days ago and the winners are announced.

Highlights include Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch's Slavar winning the Annecy Cristal Award in the Shorts category, Cordell Barker's Runaway garnering a Special Award from the Jury in the Short Film category, while Mary and Max and Coraline shared the Cristal for Best Feature.

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May 26, 2009


Chris Landreth's latest film, The Spine will premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival this coming June.

What makes a Landreth film really stand out from most other photorealistic 3D computer animated films out there is how he explores and exposes his character's inner realities to the outside world for all to see. According to the official website, The Spine is the exploration of the relationship between a man and a woman trapped in a spiral of mutual destruction. From this description and the stills I've managed to see, I think we can look forward to seeing some more explorations of the human condition and to be again touched and amazed by this very talented filmmaker.

But for those of us who can't wait until the Annecy festival, the NFB offers several shorts discussing the "making of" to whet our appetites:

http://www.nfb.ca/film/spine_making_of_new_generation_animations

http://www.nfb.ca/film/spine_making_of_story_genesis

http://www.nfb.ca/film/spine_making_of_the_studio

http://www.nfb.ca/film/spine_making_of_walkabout

And if that's not enough to hold you until Annecy, you could always watch Ryan again.

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October 28, 2007
Wow, what can I say? I've never been to Annecy, and if by chance neither have you, then today you are in luck. Starting today, in honour of World Animation Day, 1000 short films (extracts) are being hosted on the Video on Demand site Toondra.com. Since 2006, Toondra.com has been providing animated VOD for purchase (around 1.50 Euros for each short), and now they've opened up the Annecy film archives for your viewing pleasure. The extracts are free to view, and are typically 30 seconds in length, which gives you a good taste of the style and content of the shorts. Direct links to Annecy.org take you back to film details and credits.

The films come from the collection known as Animaquid, a film database created by the Annecy Festival over its 47 years of existence. The shorts available on Toondra date from 2003-2007, and there's a good chance there are more to come.

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