×

Jay-Z, Moby, Dominique A Videos Feature in Annecy Lineup

Funny, sad, scary and abstract; this year's commissioned film competition at Annecy has a bit of everything

The Commissioned Films competition at the 2018 edition of the Annecy Film Festival and MIFA market will feature 31 commissioned animated short films, chosen from 417 submissions. Participating films are either music videos, commercial advertisements or educational videos, which will compete for two awards: The Annecy Cristal for a Commissioned Film and the Jury Award for a Commissioned Film.

The participating films were selected by Annecy artistic director Marcel Jean and film and programming team members: Laurent Million, Yves Nougarède, and Sébastien Sperer.

Sperer has worked for CITIA, the organization which runs the festival, for two decades. He has been on the selection committee since 2013, and in a conversation with Variety explained how those years of experience have led to a simple and streamlined selection process.

“We really know the job now,” he said. “Most of the films are chosen because they are astonishing and really beautiful.”

It’s not all about aesthetic however; a significant number of the films were selected for the themes they explore as well as their look.

Popular on Variety

“For us it’s really important many of the films have some kind of message,” he explained, before pointing to examples from the chosen films.

“Johnny’s Home” is a first-person account of life after prison, and the failings of the U.S. penal system. Two films from this year’s spotlight country, Brazil, also deliver a socially-conscious message. “A Troca” examines the struggles facing native Brazilians today and “DayOne – Sunshine,” a U.S. co-production, warns against the dangers of abusive relationships.


A number of the music videos touch on more serious topics as well. “The Story of OJ” from Jay-Z is a harsh criticism of the way that economy and race have intertwined throughout U.S. history. Moby’s “In This Cold Place” is a dark look at the loss of innocence in a hyper-capitalist society through the eyes of a millennial.


Of the 31 films in competition, 19 are commercial ads, seven music videos and four are educational. Each are competing for just the two prizes, which will be awarded at the closing ceremonies on Saturday, June 16.

 

Annecy Commissioned Films Competition 2018

“A Troca,” (Mateus de Paula Santos, Brazil)

“Assassin’s Creed Origins – From Sand,” (Rob Petrie, France)

“BBC One Christmas 2017 – The Supporting Act,” (Elliot Dear, U.K.)

“Channel 4 – The Great British Bake Off,” (Parabella, U.K.)

“CNN Colorscope – Pink,” (Giant Ant, Canada, U.K.)

“Conan O’Brian Discusses ‘We’re Going to Be Friends’ by the White Stripes,” (Moth Studio, U.K.)

“DayOne – Sunshine,” (Guilherme Marcondes, Brazil, U.K.)

“Dominique A – Toute Latitude,” (Sébastien Laudenbach, France)

“Fernand Léger – Beauty is Everywhere,” (Nicolas Fong, Belgium)

“Fundacion Secretariado Gitano – Partir de Cero,” (Carlos Salgado, Spain)

“Geico – He Man :30,” (J.J. Sedelmaier, U.S.A.)

“Jay-Z – The Story of OJ,” (Mark Romanek, U.S.A.)

“Johny’s Home,” (Elyse Kelly, U.S.A.)

“KROK 2017 – Absolute Volga,” (Jaimeen Desai, India)

“La Grenouillère,” (Collectif Quart Avant Poing, France)

“Leica – Everythign in Black and White,” (Mateus de Paula Santos, Brazil)

“Machine Translations – Sola,” (Jonathan Nix, Australia)

“Mark Lotterman – Happy,” (Alice Saey, France, Netherlands)

Moby – In this Cold Place,” (Steve Cutts, U.S., U.K.)

“Mr. Jukes – Grant Green ft. Charles Bradley,” (Anna Ginsburg, Parallel Teeth, U.K.)

“Nat Geo – Icon Spot,” (Rituparna Sarkar, India)

“Orange Is the New Black – Unravelled,” (Spela Cadez, U.K., Singapore, Slovenia)

“Red Room Poetry – Poetry Object,” (Robertina Zambrano, Australia)

“Rone – Origami,” (Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet, Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka, Dimitri Stankowicz, Thomas Pons, France)

“Simpsons Couch Gag – Robot Chicken/Stop Motion,” (John Harvatine IV, U.S.)

“Skills – Hermit Crab,” (Dadomani Studio, Italy)

“Ted-Ed – The Evolution of Animal Genitalia,” (Mette Ilene Holmriis, Germany)

“The 2017 AMP Awards – How to Make Music for Advertising,” (Buck, U.S.)

“Toonami Exquisite Corpse,” (Simon Wilches-Castro, U.S.)

“Tricky Woman 2018,” (Moïa Jobin-Paré, Canada)

“Unicef – Exam Stress, Syrian Style,” (Raj Yagnik, U.K., Syria)

More Film

  • Leaving Neverland HBO

    HBO Seeks Dismissal of Michael Jackson Estate's Suit Over 'Leaving Neverland'

    HBO urged an appeals court on Friday to throw out litigation brought by the Michael Jackson estate over the 2019 documentary “Leaving Neverland.” HBO and the Jackson estate have been locked in a legal war ever since the premium cable network agreed to run the documentary, which chronicles child sexual abuse allegations against Jackson. The [...]

  • Denzel Washington

    Film News Roundup: Denzel Washington-Rami Malek Thriller Set for Early 2021 Release

    In today’s film news roundup, a Denzel Washington-Rami Malek thriller gets a release date, “Escape Room 2” gets moved, Paramount sets a double feature, “So Cold the River” wraps and the Sonoma Film Festival unveils its lineup. RELEASE DATES Warner Bros. has set the Denzel Washington-Rami Malek police thriller “The Little Things” for a Jan. 29, [...]

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Writers Guild Says It Helped Negotiate 100 Deals for Agent-Less Members

    The Writers Guild of America has asserted that it has assisted in negotiating more than 100 deals in recent months for members without agents. The missive from the WGA West board of directors comes nearly a year after the guild leaders ordered their 15,000 members to fire their agents if the agents had not agreed [...]

  • the jesus rolls

    Émilie Simon Contributes Flamenco/Gypsy Vibe to John Turturro's ‘The Jesus Rolls’

    For French musician Émilie Simon, the flamenco-meets-gypsy vibe writer-director John Turturro was seeking for the soundtrack to his movie “The Jesus Rolls” turned out to be in her musical and genetical DNA. “This music originally comes from where I grew up in the south of France,” says the 41-year-old electronic musician, who has released five [...]

  • My Hero Academia Heroes Rising

    'My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising' ADR Director on Adapting the Anime for a U.S. Audience

    “My Hero Academia” has officially Detroit Smashed into North American theaters. Sony Pictures Television’s Funimation released “Heroes Rising” in the U.S. on Wednesday, grossing $2.5 million on its opening day. Theaters are showing the film, a standalone entry in the popular superhero anime based on the manga, with options for either subtitles or with an [...]

  • Lost in America

    'Lost in America': Film Review

    You might feel a sense of shame watching Rotimi Rainwater’s “Lost in America,” an expansive documentary look at the issue of youth homelessness in a country where the problem seems unthinkable, and its victims are so often invisible. You are likely to ask yourself how many times you have passed by a homeless child and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content