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24 August 2018 à 16:18
French animation: a force to be reckoned with at the Hiroshima Festival
With no less than 17 animated films selected this year, and 6 awarded films, France once again dominated the lineup at the upcoming 2018 Hiroshima International Animation Festival.
The 17th Hiroshima International Animation Festival took place from August 23 through 27. Recognized as an Oscar-qualifying film festival, this biennial event dedicated to promoting international cross-cultural exchange is seen as an international reference in the world of animated filmmaking.
With 17 French shorts included in the program this year, including 15 titles in the Official Competition, French productions accounted for 20% of all works presented—making France the country with the largest number of films selected.
Hiroshima 2018 was an occasion for Japanese spectators to discover French films that attracted notice at the recent Annecy International Animation Film Festival—such as Cyclistes and Augur—as well as shorts that have already been selected at many other festivals and have won numerous awards, including L'Ogre, The Pocket Man, Nothing Happens, and the 2018 Oscars candidate Negative Space. It is worth noting that one half of these films were directed, or co-directed, by women, with the filmmaker Marie Paccou attending the event to present her film A Little Lovin'.
And finally, while French animation schools have long enjoyed a prestigious reputation beyond our borders, this 17th edition of the festival shone a spotlight on three renowned institutions: MOPA (Sirocco), La Poudrière (Ripple, Petite Mort, The Man With Birds), and the École Georges Méliès (Strange Cargo).
The awarded films :
- Sirocco, by Romain Garcia, Kevin Tarpinian, Thomas Lopez-Massy, Avril Hug & Lauren Madec (Debut Prize)
- The Ogre, by Laurène Braibant (Renzo Kinoshita Prize)
- The Pocket Man, by Ana Chubinidze (Special International Jury Prize)
- The Lost Garden, by Natalia Chernysheva (Special International Jury Prize)
- Between the Shadows, by Mónica Santos & Alice Guimarães (Special International Jury Prize)
- Cyclists, by Veljko Popović (Special Prize)
The complete program of the festival can be viewed here.
Latest update : 30 August 2018 à 16:18 CEST
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