The Alliance Française of the French Institute announces the Animation First Festival
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is proud to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Animation First. It is the only film festival in the United States dedicated to showcasing the enduring ingenuity of French animation and its diverse representation of international artists, studios and schools.
Following the success and national reach of the 2021 exclusively online edition, this year’s festival returns to FIAF in person with an exciting lineup from Friday February 11 through Sunday February 13. For the first time, the festival will also continue online with exclusive content from Monday February 14 to Monday February 21.
This year’s highlights include 51 premieres, provocative feature films, thrilling shorts, immersive exhibits, video game demos, panels with top animators, and much more. The festival’s first woman guest of honor, Florence Miailhe, will present the New York premiere of her stunning debut feature, The Crossing, accompanied by an in-depth discussion and program of her shorts. In collaboration with the Inspiring Walt Disney exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: animation of French decorative arts, the festival will also deepen the cultural bond between the two countries with a round table on how the world of Walt Disney inspired the French animation. .
Animation First 2022 will also feature several expected Works in Progress, a student short film competition with top animation schools in the US and France, conversations with award-winning filmmakers, and interactive workshops. Captivating augmented and virtual reality programs, as well as video game exhibits, will be available to the general public free of charge throughout the festival weekend in the FIAF gallery.
A word from Animation First curators Delphine Selles-Alvarez and Catherine Lamairesse: “The 5th anniversary of Animation First promises to be a new edition full of discoveries and wonder for all audiences. We are delighted to welcome fiercely independent filmmaker Florence Miailhe to celebrate her debut feature, The Crossing. Throughout the festival, women will take pride of place with New French Shorts, a panel of mid-career professionals, and the very first Best of Annecy short film program celebrating female directors.
A spotlight on emerging talent is also an important part of the program with our second annual short film competition for American and French students, the Fresh Out of School short film program and a focus on Jean-Charles Mbotti-Malolo, between others. Finally, as the subjects of several films in this year’s selection testify, migration, displacement, discrimination and equity stand out as essential subjects. This reflects the desire of these artists to tackle these important topics, as well as our desire to engage American audiences on these topics. In the hands of these talented filmmakers, animation is a powerful medium for conveying their concerns, combining poetry, tenderness and sensitivity with force and urgency. “