Thursday, May 14, 2020

'The Adventures of Paddington' in Official Selection for Annecy 2020 Online

Annecy International Animation Film Festival has announced the films and TV projects that are part of its Official Selection and up for awards at this year’s (now digital) event! The festival and its accompanying market MIFA, scheduled for June 15 to 20 and June 16 to 19, respectively, have both been cancelled and moved online due to COVID-19.

Among this year's nominees is The Adventures of Paddington, which has been nominated in the "TV Films" category for the episode "Paddington and the Magic Trick"!

In the The Adventures of Paddington episode "Paddington and the Magic Trick", Mr. Gruber gives Paddington a box of magic tricks, but Paddington cannot master the tricks until he learns to practice, practice, practice.

The Adventures of Paddington gives a modern-day touch to the famous teddy bear, by evoking themes such as curiosity, empathy and the importance of a loving family. It will appeal to the young and old!

Original title: The Adventures of Paddington "Paddington and the Magic Trick"

Directed by: Adam SHAW
Country: United Kingdom
Year of production: 2019
Running time: 11 min × 52 episodes
Category: TV serie
Techniques used: 3D Computer
Process: Colour
Target public: Preschool
Directed by: Adam SHAW
Distribution: STUDIOCANAL, Beatriz CAMPOS
Based on: "A Bear Called Paddington", Michael Bond
Voice: Ben Whishaw

More information about Annecy 2020 Online will be announced shortly, but it is set to include the market and meetings, with opportunities for people to build new partnerships, spot talent and launch new projects.

For the Official Selection, on the whole the 2020 group is “less serious, and funnier, than the previous few years,” according to Annecy’s artistic director Marcel Jean. Some of the lighter funnier options in the TV Films category include Ludo Studios and BBC Studios’ Bluey and Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp Island, and Nick Jr.'s Paddington.

Regarding the selected short form works, artistic director Marcel Jean noted:

"On the whole the 2020 Selection is less serious, and funnier, than the previous few years. We still find several films dealing with current themes, in particular ecology, migration and gender identity. Some films РEmpty Places by Geoffroy de Cr̩cy, The Physics of Sorrow by Theodore Ushev and Something to Remember by Niki Lindroth Von Bahr Рeven appear to anticipate the present situation.

We are particularly proud of the quality and variety of the Off-Limits selection, which testifies to the vitality of experimental approaches. In addition, six of the twelve films from this section were directed by women, which represents the level of equity that characterizes the selection in the diverse categories of the Short Films. We are also thrilled with the diverse countries where the selected films come from, there are works from Iceland, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt and Indonesia, countries that are rarely represented at Annecy.

The Graduation Films revealed a very high level of productions from the Lodz School in Poland, where three films from this educational institution were selected. Meanwhile the program destined for television indicate that this sector is going through a great era with so many audacious and ambitious productions targeted to diverse audiences."

The feature films and VR works Official Selection won’t be announced until mid-May.

The complete list of short form works in competition can be found here.

Update (5/14) - Nickelodeon will be taking part in the Mifa Campus part of the upcoming digital edition of the annual Mifa Market!

The Mifa Campus event is designed just for students and young talents combining technology with creation; the artists’ points of view (Juan Pablo Zaramella; Disney, Nickelodeon, etc.) and guidance towards the working world (assistance with creation, behind the scenes of an animation studio, employment market overview), all via the CNC, RECA (list of animation schools), SVA (sound, video, animation, etc.). Open access, Tuesday 16th June (then available on replay). UNITY is the official partner:

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Students, professionals starting out in the industry and experts, take part in the Mifa Campus in order to complement your knowledge in training, recruitment or the creation process.

The Director Nora Twomey is following in the footsteps of Guillermo del Toro and Richard Williams, in addressing the young talents and students of the Mifa Campus, and who was furnishing them with her expert advice!

The Mifa Campus was created in 2017 and invites attendees to take part in different sessions focused on developing their knowledge about the animation industry and facilitating meetings with its most inspiring and dynamic artists.

Three types of events punctuate this day:

- Masterclass: an additional training session for students and young professionals covering themes to aid their passage into the animation market.

- Initiatives and Schemes: discussing new residence schemes, talent incubators and other far-reaching initiatives.

- Chat With Recruiters: animation studios will open their doors to reveal their working environment, their employment possibilities and the talent sought after.

More information:

More Nick: Nickelodeon Launches #KidsTogether--A Global Prosocial Initiative to Help Kids and Families Stay Informed and Engaged With Activities; Noggin to be Offered Free to Kids in Need in Partnership with National Head Start Association and First Book

Originally published: Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
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