U.S. animation dominates Annecy

Four American films picked for competition

PARIS — Gaul’s Intl. Animation Film Festival has unveiled an eclectic lineup for its 33rd edition, set to take place June 8-13 in Annecy.

Adam Elliot’s Berlin Crystal Bear-winning tale of friendship, “Mary and Max,” will face off Rob Letterman’s 3-D blockbuster “Monsters vs Aliens” and traditionally animated “Brendan and The Secret of Kells,” which also screened at Berlin.

The U.S. will be well represented in the official selection with four out of 10 competition titles produced in the U.S., including “Coraline,” helmed by Henry Selick, “Battle for Terra” directed by Aristomenis Tsirbas and Paul and Sandra Fierlinger’s “My Dog Tulip.”

Advanced screenings will feature Cannes midnight screener “A Town Called Panic” and “Les Lascars,” set for a June 17 French bow.

Based on the cult Belgian TV toon, “A Town Called Panic” is a stop-motion feature following the adventures of small plastic toys of cowboys, Indians and horses.

“Les Lascars,” repped by Paris-based shingle Bac Films, features lead voice by Gallic thesp Vincent Cassel and music by hip hop band De La Soul.

Work-in-progress screenings will spotlight Joann Sfar’s 2-D toon “Rabbi’s Cat,” Antoine Charreyron’s futuristic thriller “Prodigies” and U.S.’ “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” helmed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord.

The Intl. Market of Animation Film (MIFA), which will run June 10-12, will feature for the first time a British Pavilion, hosted by South West Screen, as well as Catalan Films &TV and German Films stands.

Execs and producers from Disney, Pixar, Sony Pictures, Dreamworks have confirmed their attendance, according to Mickael Marin, head of MIFA.

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