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French Animation Online: Animation First 2022

The Night Watch, directed by Julien Regnard

The 2022 Animation First Festival
goes nationwide and online starting February 14th, 2022. Animation First is the only festival in the US dedicated to French animation. This year, the festival presents 51 premieres of feature-length and short films, Works in Progress of highly anticipated films, a 2nd Annual Student Short Film Competition, and more.

Films include The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily directed by Lorenzo Mattotti, which was inspired by the 1945 classic Italian children’s book by Dino Buzzati. In The Tower, directed by Mats Gorud, Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole family in a refugee camp in Lebanon and learns her family’s history. Shorts programs include Best of Annecy 2021: Spotlight on Women Directors, as well as two blocks of new French animated shorts, while the Fontevraud Presents block showcases animators from around the world. In Liberated! writers and broadcasters Ovidie and Sophie-Marie Larrouy examine prejudice and taboos around sex. Uncanny Stories is a showcase of horror centric animation, and for those looking for less unsettling fare, there's a screening of Don Bluth's classic An American Tail.

The online portion of the festival can only be viewed from within the United States.

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Animation First 2022
February 14 - 21, 2022.


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