×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Monsters University’ to Open Annecy Toon Fest

'Despicable Me 2' also set to screen

France’s Annecy animated film festival will open June 10 with a special open-air screening of Disney’s “Monsters University.”

The feature toons set for competition are “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” from the U.S., France’s “My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill,” India’s “Arjun, The Warrior Prince,” Spain’s “The Apostle,” France’s “Jasmine,” Japan’s “Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey,” South Africa’s “Khumba,” Brazil’s “A Story of Love and Fury,” and Italy’s “Pinocchio.”

Among the 14 0ut-of-competition features, “Consuming Spirits,” “Persistence of Vision” and “It’s a Beautiful Day” hail from the U.S.  On the film jury are Cartoon Network’s Brian Miller, helmer Robert Morgan and producer Didier Brunner of Les Armateurs. Other special screenings include “Despicable Me 2” and “Oggy and the Cockroaches.”

Several selections will be presented as works-in-progress, including “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” and Bill Plympton’s “Cheatin'”

The 37th edition of the fest runs June 10-15 in the picturesque French alps village of Annecy, with a new artistic director, Marcel Jean. This year Poland will be the featured country, with an homage to Polish animation master Jerzy Kucia.

The fest’s market, MIFA, runs June 12-14, with producers meetings, panels, pitch meetings and a focus on VFX planned for June 14.

More Film

  • Miramax Developing 'I Won't Be Home

    Film News Roundup: Miramax Developing 'I Won't Be Home for Christmas'

    In today’s film news roundup, “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas” is in the works, the NFL has made a documentary about female team owners and D Street Pictures has signed Kenny Gage and Devon Downs to direct the dance feature “Move.” HOLIDAY PROJECT Miramax has acquired film rights to Lauren Iungerich’s holiday-themed screenplay “I [...]

  • Michael B. Jordan arrives at the

    Michael B. Jordan to Star in Warner Bros.' 'Methuselah' Movie

    Michael B. Jordan will produce and star in a “Methuselah” movie for Warner Bros., based on the Biblical story of a man who lived to be 969 years old. Jordan will produce through his Outlier Society production company along with Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford. Warner Bros. has been developing the project for many [...]

  • Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping

    Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping Italy's Top Film Awards

    Piera Detassis recently became the first woman to head the David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars. Since then she’s been busy overhauling the inner workings of the prizes that will be awarded on Wednesday. Detassis, also the editor of Italian film publication Ciak, spoke exclusively to Variety about the challenges she’s faced [...]

  • Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Leads Davids Awards

    Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Leads Davids Awards Race

    With 15 nominations Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman” leads the pack of contenders for Italy’s David di Donatello Awards in a watershed year for the country’s top film nods that sees highbrow auteur titles reaping most of the David love just as local box-office grosses hit an all-time low. Garrone’s gritty revenge drama is followed closely with [...]

  • steven spielberg Apple TV Plus

    Steven Spielberg's Apple Appearance Riles Up Social Media: 'Big Old Mixed Message'

    Many Hollywood heavyweights flocked to Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters to help reveal the tech giant’s revamped steaming service Apple TV+ on Monday — but one such legend was so polarizing he became a national trending topic on Twitter for simply showing his face. Steven Spielberg was the first to appear in a dramatic short film [...]

  • Michael Lynne

    Former New Line Co-Chairman Michael Lynne Dies at 77

    Michael Lynne, the former co-chairman of New Line Cinema who played a key role in shepherding “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died at his New York home. He was 77. Lynne’s death was confirmed Monday by longtime business partner Robert Shaye, who told Variety that Lynne’s family had informed him of Lynne’s passing [...]

  • Marisa Liston

    Sony Veteran Marisa Liston to Lead Lionsgate Movie Publicity

    Lionsgate has named Sony Pictures veteran executive Marisa Liston to lead all feature film and motion picture group publicity and communications strategy. Liston, who departed Sony in late 2018 after 17 years, has been assigned the newly created title of head of global earned media and communications. She will oversee domestic and international feature film [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content