The Annecy International Animation Film Festival is one of the most prestigious events in the world of animation. Every year, it showcases the best and most innovative works from around the globe and awards the most outstanding ones with various prizes. This year, the festival celebrated its 47th edition and received over 3,400 films from around a hundred countries. The festival also honored Mexico as its guest country and featured a special program dedicated to its rich and diverse animation culture.
The festival announced its winners on June 17th, 2023, after a week full of screenings, meetings, workshops, and festivities. The highest honor, the Cristal for a Feature Film, went to ‘Chicken for Linda!’, a French and Italian co-production directed by Chiara Malta and Sébastien Laudenbach. The film tells the story of a mother who tries to make a chicken dinner for her daughter Linda but faces many obstacles along the way. The film was praised for its originality, humor, and charm, and also received the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution.
The Jury Award for a Feature Film was given to ‘Four Souls of Coyote’, a Hungarian production directed by Áron Gauder. The film is based on Indigenous creation tales and uses 2D animation to create a stunning visual style. The film was described as a “poetic and powerful” exploration of identity and spirituality. Gauder said that he was inspired by his own roots and his fascination with Native American cultures.
The Paul Grimault Award for a Feature Film went to ‘The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes’, a Japanese production directed by Tomohisa Taguchi. The film is a sci-fi drama that follows a group of friends who discover a mysterious tunnel that leads them to different seasons and times. The film was applauded for its emotional impact and complex narrative. Taguchi said that he wanted to depict “the feelings of young people who are lost in their lives” and “the importance of cherishing the present”.
Other notable winners include ‘Robot Dreams’, directed by Pablo Berger, which won the Contrechamp Grand Prix; ‘Tony, Shelly, and the Magic Light’, directed by Filip Posivac, which won the Contrechamp Jury Award; ‘Sirocco and the Kingdom of Air Streams’, directed by Benoît Chieux, which won the Audience Award; and ‘27’, directed by Flóra Anna Buda, which won the Cristal for a Short Film.
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival once again proved its importance and influence in the animation industry, attracting more than 15,600 accredited attendees from 102 countries. The festival also announced that its next edition will take place from June 10th to June 15th, 2024.