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CFrance’s top film events come to­gether to bring an­i­ma­tion to the Croisette in the new An­necy Goes to Cannes show­case.

annes and An­necy have long had their re­spec­tive ter­ri­to­ries when it came to host­ing France’s most pres­ti­gious film events. Cannes is the de­fin­i­tive event for in­de­pen­dent and global cin­ema — an event awash in es­tab­lished, up-and-com­ing and wannabe actors, direc­tors and films with as­pi­ra­tions to art-house great­ness. An­necy has done much the same for an­i­ma­tion, its rep­u­ta­tion for show­cas­ing break­out films and tal­ent hav­ing grown sig­nif­i­cantly in the past few decades.

So it only makes sense for the two to come to­gether in a new part­ner­ship that will see An­necy present four in­ter­na­tional an­i­mated fea­ture projects at the Cannes Film Mar­ket, giv­ing those films ex­po­sure to a wider mar­ket in a new set­ting.

Here’s the scoop on the four films to be pre­sented at the An­necy Goes to Cannes show­case, sched­uled for May 16 from 10 a.m. to noon in salle Bory at the Palais des Fes­ti­vals.

The Last Fic­tion In Pro­duc­tion (Iran), Pooyan Mokri (Pro­ducer), Hoorakhsh Stu­dio — www.hoorakhsh­stu­dio.com

Pro­ducer Pooyan Mokri plans to present the de­but of the sec­ond trailer for the project as well as screen about 20 min­utes of footage from this 2D film based on an epic poem called The Shah­nameh, which tells the mythic and his­tor­i­cal past of the Per­sian Em­pire.

The project be­gan in 2009 and was part of the MIFA Pitches pro­gram at An­necy in 2013. More than 100 artists are work­ing on the film, which is sched­uled for re­lease in Novem­ber 2017.

Mokri says the qual­ity of the film is high while the bud­get has been kept low, which should make it ap­peal­ing to the in­ter­na­tional dis­trib­u­tors and buy­ers at­tend­ing the Mar­ket.

Fu­nan In Pre­pro­duc­tion (France), De­nis Do (Di­rec­tor), Sébastien Onomo (Pro­ducer), Les Films d’Ici

Pro­duc­tion is sched­uled to be­gin in June on this fea­ture, the first from di­rec­tor De­nis Do. The film is in­spired by the real story of Do’s mother and brother dur­ing the Kh­mer Rouge regime in Cam­bo­dia.

Do says the movie is not a doc­u­men­tary, but he says it will not flinch from re­al­ity. “With­out di­rectly ex­plain­ing all the po­lit­i­cal facts and sit­u­a­tion dur­ing the Kh­mer Rouge regimes, we will dive into it,” he says. “It’s a movie about fam­ily, mem­o­ries, love, fear, ha­tred, self­ish­ness, hope. And, of course, it’s not very com­mon to have such a story in an­i­ma­tion.”

Pro­ducer Sébastien Onomo plans to present a teaser trailer, part of the an­i­matic and images from var­i­ous scenes in the movie.

He says the movie has a fi­nanc­ing gap and would warmly wel­come new part­ners. Arara and the Guardians of the Ama­zon Rain­for­est In Devel­op­ment (Colom­bia), Vlamyr Viz­caya (Pro­ducer), El Tuerto Pic­tures & Heiko Nem­mert (Pro­ducer), Morro Images (Ger­many) Not too much is known about this in-devel­op­ment fam­ily com­edy, a Colom­bia-Ger­many co-pro­duc­tion.

It tells an ad­ven­ture tale that fol­lows Mu­juy, an indige­nous boy from the Ama­zon Rain­for­est who has three days to save his girl­friend af­ter she is kid­napped dur­ing a shamanic rit­ual.

On his jour­ney, he joins forces with an­i­mals from species in dan­ger of ex­tinc­tion against the in­ter­na­tional poach­ers or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Lov­ing Vin­cent In Post-pro­duc­tion (Poland), Sean Bob­bitt (Pro­ducer), Break­thru Pro­duc­tions

Based on the letters and paint­ings of Vin­cent Van Gogh, Lov­ing Vin­cent has gen­er­ated sig­nif­i­cant me­dia at­ten­tion across the globe as the world’s first fea­ture-length painted an­i­ma­tion af­ter a trailer was re­leased in March and went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

The story is drawn from more than 800 letters writ- ten by Van Gogh him­self, with vi­su­als adapted from more than 120 of his best-known paint­ings — with each frame of the film painted by hand much the same way Van Gogh him­self did. [

CCinema Man­age­ment Group Bev­erly Hills, Calif.-based CMG presents a pair of new an­i­mated ti­tles and a pair of old an­i­mated fa­vorites at this year’s mar­ket.

CMG also will be host­ing Spe­cial An­i­ma­tion Promo Screen­ings at the Lerins in Cannes: May 13 at 3:30 and 4:15 p.m. at Lerins 4; and May 14 at noon and 12:45 p.m. at Lerins 3.

Lov­ing Vin­cent Also pre­sented as part of the An­necy Goes to Cannes show­case (see page 21), Lov­ing Vin­cent tells the story of artist Vin­cent Van Gogh through his letters and paint­ings. The trailer for this fea­ture, re­leased in March, gen­er­ated world­wide me­dia at­ten­tion for be­ing the world’s first fea­ture-length painted an­i­ma­tion. Mis­sion: Kath­mandu In 1955 Que­bec City, an ap­pren­tice de­tec­tive teams up with an an­thro­pol­ogy research as­sis­tant to fol­low clues in a miss­ing ex­plorer’s coded diary on a mis­sion to prove the ex­is­tene of the abom­inable snow­man.

The Lit­tle Vam­pire Based on An­gela Som­mer-Bo­den­burg’s best-sell­ing se­ries of chil­dren’s books, this fea­ture tells the story of Ru­dolph, a 13-year-old vam­pire whose clan is threat­ened by a no­to­ri­ous vam­pire hunter. He meets Tony, a mor­tal of the same age, who helps Ru­dolph in an ac­tio­nand hu­mor-packed bat­tle against their ad­ver­saries.

Ping Pong Rab­bit A ru­ral rab­bit named Robb pur­sues his prov­ince’s big­gest prize: a sto­ried jade ta­ble awarded an­nu­ally to the finest ping­pong player in the land. Stand­ing in his path is the peren­nial cham­pion, a ruth­less mon­key who uses the jade ta­ble to amass power and wealth for him­self. Riki Group This Rus­sia-based pro­duc­tion, dis­tri­bu­tion and li­cens­ing com­pany is bring­ing its Kiko­riki fea­ture fran­chise to the mar­ket with two fea­tures com­pleted and a third in pro­duc­tion. Here are the de­tails on this se­ries of CG-an­i­mated, stereo­scopic 3D fam­ily ad­ven­ture films.

Kiko­riki: Team In­vin­ci­ble The first film in the Kiko­riki fran­chise, Team In­vin­ci­ble in­tro­duces the Kiko­riki, who live peace­fully in their na­tive land, far from the civ­i­lized world. One day, they stum­ble upon an old TV set that gives them a glimpse of the “real world,” and they be­come ob­sessed with a show about the su­per­hero Lu­cien, who bravely de­fends his city against the evil Cali­gari. Be­liev­ing all this to be real, the Kiko­riki de­cide to must help Lu­cien save the world. Kiko­riki: Leg­end of the

Golden Dragon Kiko­riki Is­land’s res­i­dent sci­en­tist in­vents an amaz­ing de­vice: a hel­met called the Im­prover­i­zor, which swaps per­son­al­ity traits from one per­son to an­other. When young Wally tries to use the untested de­vice to cure his cow­ardice, he ends up body-switched with a squirmy lit­tle cate r p i l l a r. Now he has even more to fear than he could have ever imag­ined, and so do his fel­low vil­lagers.

Kiko­riki: Deja Vu Now in pro­duc­tion, the third Kiko­riki movie fo­cuses on Krash, who wants to throw his best buddy Barry an un­for­get­table birth­day party and con­tacts the Déja Vu Agency to or­ga­nize an ex­cit­ing time-travel ad­ven­ture. But a cat­a­clysmic ac­ci­dent scat­ters the Kiko­riki crew across time and Krash has to find and re­trieve his friends through the ages with the help of his al­ter ego from an­other time and place.

SC Films In­ter­na­tional Si­mon Crowe’s in­ter­na­tional sales, dis­tri­bu­tion, fi­nance and pro­duc­tion com­pany will be pre­sent­ing the mar­ket premiere of the an­i­mated fam­ily fea­ture Ozzy, which is set for the­atri­cal re­lease in Spain in Oc­to­ber. The film will be pre­sented May 12 at 11:30 a.m. at Ar­cades 3 and May 14 at 10 a.m. at Ar­cades 2.

SC Films also will be pre­sent­ing the sci-fi ac­tion movie Winter’s Dream, May 13 at 6 p.m. at Ar­cades 2 and May 16 at 3:30 p.m. at Ar­cades 2. [

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