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Thursday, January 27, 2022

#ParisPeachy #FrancePeachy FIAF’s Animation First Announces New Programs, Including Two Additional US Premieres and a Women in Animation Discussion

FIAF Announces Animation First 2022 Additions

In-Person Weekend:
Fri, Feb 11–Sun, Feb 13

Continues Online Nationwide:
Mon, Feb 14–Mon, Feb 21

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is pleased to announce additions to its 2022 Animation First Festival, including an exclusive online screening of the cult animated film AN AMERICAN TAIL by acclaimed veteran filmmaker Don Bluth, as well as the US premiere of the popular TV special THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS, rejuvenating one of France's first serial novels.

FIAF's festival of French animation is celebrating a milestone fifth anniversary this year. The special edition will present two distinct programs: in person from February 11–13 and online from February 14–21.

Just Announced:

• Exclusive online screening of AN AMERICAN TAIL by Don Bluth.
• US premiere of THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS by Véronique Puybaret and Matthieu Dubois, inspired by the eponymous serial novel from 1842.
• US premiere of LIBERATED!, the acclaimed feminist series bringing down sexual diktats.
• A program of shorts presented by the International Residency for Animated Films at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, one of the most exciting incubators for animated films.
• WONDERFUL WACKY WOLVED, six adorable animated stories.
• Artist and producer Claire Matz, designer and stop-motion artist Taili Wu, and animator, storyboard artist, and graphic novelist Angela Devito confirmed for the Women in Animation panel.
• Augmented Reality in Social Media & Metaverse, an online workshop and presentation organized in collaboration with New York Institute of Technology.

Previously Announced Highlights:

• 28 US and 23 NY Premieres of feature-length and short films, including Golden Globes Nominee MY SUNNY MAAD, PRINCESS DRAGON, and, ARCHIPELAGO
• First Female Guest of Honor Florence Miailhe opens the festival with the NY premiere of her award-winning first feature THE CROSSING
Closing night exclusive screening of THE SUMMIT OF THE GODS
• A special talk on the influence of Disney on French Animation and a 30th anniversary screening of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, in partnership with The MET Museum
• Works in Progress of highly anticipated films with in-person appearances by Benjamin Massoubre (LITTLE NICHOLAS), Alain Ughetto (NO DOGS OR ITALIANS ALLOWED), Ilan Urroz (THE INVENTOR, a film about Leonardo da Vinci)
• Shorts programs include Best of Annecy International Film Festival and New French Shorts
• 2nd Annual Student Short Film Competition returns with emerging talent from top US and French animation schools
• Online program with distinct lineup: feature films, shorts, Work in Progress and a special panel on Women in Animation.

About Animation First

Animation First is the only film festival in the United States dedicated to French animation.

Today, France is Europe’s largest producer and the world’s third-largest exporter of animated film. Since its early beginnings in the late 19th century when Émile Reynaud projected his Pantomimes Lumineuses at the Musée Grevin in Paris, the French animation industry has inspired filmmakers and artists. Their resulting experiments with puppets, cutouts, and stop motion, have been instrumental in inventing important techniques in cinema. Renowned for its stylistic innovation and an approach that integrates artisanal methods with technological ingenuity, French animation continues to garner awards worldwide and spans a diversity of genres. It is responsible for a variety of films from independent art-house successes such as Sylvain Chomet’s The Triplets of Belleville and Michael Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle to those for mature audiences like Persepolis and I Lost My Body to big-budget blockbusters Ballerina to the Franco-American Despicable Me franchise.

Beyond films, France has carved out an important space in animated TV programs, web series, video games, and the rapidly developing fields of virtual reality and new technologies.


Lead sponsors of Animation First are The Florence Gould Foundation, The Kleinschmidt Family Foundation, Pictanovo and Pôle Image Magelis.

Supporting sponsors are Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Québec Government Office in New York, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New, York State Council on the Arts, TitraFilm, TV5Monde, and UniFrance.

Co-Presenting partners are New York Institute of Technology, and Women in Animation.


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