The Oscar nominee won the Grand Prix; GKids’ “Belle” and director Mamoru Hosoda won the Special Jury Prize.
Neon’s animated documentary “Flee” won the Grand Prize at the fourth annual Animation Is Film Festival, held last weekend at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. This follows the victories of the Sundance documentary and the Annecy animation for Denmark’s entry into this season’s international Oscar race.
“Flee,” directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, tells the true story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with his secret past as an Afghan refugee about to marry her husband.
“In the moving and innovative documentary ‘Flee’, Jonas Poher Rasmussen takes great care to share the personal story of an Afghan refugee. The filmmaker uses the animation process to protect the identity of his subject, while adding an extra layer to the material, capturing the impact of trauma on memory and identity in the process, ”said jury president Peter Debruge, Variety’s chief critic.
GKids contestant “Belle,” by Oscar-nominated anime master Mamoru Hosoda (“Mirai”), won the Special Jury Prize. The 2D rework of “Beauty and the Beast” tells the story of Suzu, a shy 17-year-old singer whose popular diva avatar falls in love with a beastly avatar in a virtual world and discovers a dark secret about her real one. life.
The Audience Award went to “The Crossing”, directed by Florence Miailhe. Kyona and Adriel are separated from their parents facing the road to exile alone. They embark on a heroic journey that takes them from childhood to adolescence, before reaching a new world, finally free.
“With extraordinary visual imagination and technical skills, Mamoru Hosoda reinvents the classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’ story for this century. In her story, a teenage Belle finds her voice and takes a stand on an important social issue, ”added Debruge.
The AIF kicked off the opening night with the North American premiere of Netflix’s “The Summit of the Gods” (opening November 24 in select theaters and streaming November 30), on Breathtaking 2D French feature film on the climbing of Mount Everest by director Patrick Imbert (“The Big Bad Fox and other tales”).
In addition, the AIF hosted several special events, including a behind-the-scenes preview of Disney’s “Encanto” (November 24), the fantasy musical set in a magical Colombian village, featuring eight songs by Lin-Manual Miranda and directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise Castro Smith.
“At a time when audiences from all over the world keep returning to theaters, we were positively amazed by the constant buzz of enthusiasm displayed this weekend at Animation Is Film,” said AIF Director Matt Kaszanek. “With sold-out screenings every day of the festival, Los Angeles has once again established itself as an epicenter for film and animation enthusiasts. We were so happy to see everyone again.