Animation Hall has announced the competition lineup and other special events for the fourth edition of the film festival, which will be held October 22-24 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The lineup competition includes a total of 20 programs, including 12 feature films and shorts.
The festival will begin with the North American premiere of the upcoming Netflix animated feature “Summit of the Gods”, directed by Patrick Embert and adapted from the manga series by Zero Taniguchi and Baku Umemakura. Embert will appear for a post-screening Q&A. The October 2 film is the West Coast premiere of Gkids’ “Belle”, directed by Mamoru Hosada, who will also appear in a Q&A session. Jonas Poher will close the West Coast premiere of Rasmussen’s “turn”.
Also featured in the competition are the English dubbed world premiere of Yusuk Herota’s “Pople of Chimney Town”, the North American premiere of Hypeng Sun “I’m What I’m” and the North American premiere of Florence Miyale’s “The Crossing”.
Special events include behind-the-scenes performances of Disney’s “Encanto”; A screening of “My Hero Academy: World Hero’s Mission” will be announced with special guests; A slate of movie and guest appearances called Studio on the big screen, including “Luca,” “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” and “Vivo”; And Best of Annecy: Female Director Shorts Block, presented in partnership with Animation and Women in Animation. AIF will also host an exhibition where the animation studio Leica TCL will display a variety of dolls and sets all weekend in the lobby of the Chinese Theater.
“This year’s Animation Hall film lineup represents one of the best feature animations in the world, bringing in Hollywood world premieres as well as critically acclaimed, award-winning titles from Cannes, Annecy, Sundance, Telluride and the Toronto Festival. Since last year’s break due to Covid, the Los Angeles animation and film communities have been demanding to come together to see these films on the big screen, and we are extremely proud that AIF has been able to present them, ”said AIF Director Matt Kaszanek.
“Animation is back in Los Angeles and this is great news! As one of the festival’s co-founders, we are thrilled to support the fourth edition of the animation film.”
AIF was founded by Gkids and Annecy International Animation Film Festival Diversity. Participants in this year’s festival include ASIFA-Hollywood, Cartoon Network, Crunchyroll, Dreamworks, ELMA, Fathom Events, Funimation, Illumination, Laika, Netflix, Paramount Animation, Pixar, Shout! Factory, Sony Pictures Animation, Unifrance, Walt Disney Animation Studio, Warner Animation Group and Warner Bros. Animation.
Tickets for AIF are now on sale at AnimationFilm.com.