Anim'Action - Animation Film Festival


Come and join us for a weekend full of the best animation movies!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND
6pm: Special Event - Opening Night
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD
11.30am: Best of Kids - Annecy 2022
1pm: Ernest & Célestine
3pm: Focus on Female Directors - Annecy 2022
5pm: Chun Tae-Il: The Flame Lives On
7pm: Special Event - The Bonkers Saturday Night Session
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
2pm: Best of Annecy 2022
4pm: Special Event - Meet The Makers
6pm: Special Event - Closing Night

Friday 2 December

Opening Night
Tangki
No Dogs or Italians Allowed

Join us on Friday 2 December at 6pm at Griffith Film School for the screening of Tangki with introduction by Director Jonathan Daw followed by "No Dogs or Italians Allowed".

Tangki
Three Aṉangu women of different generations tell the story of how donkeys came to be malpa wiru, valuable friends and helpers, to families in the desert community of Pukatja /Ernabella in the APY Lands of northern South Australia. At first wary of these strange animals, Aṉangu quickly became fond of the donkeys. They would set off on them for picnics and longer journeys, always returning home safely. With the arrival of cars, people’s relationship with donkeys changed. But one special donkey found a different way to remain a good friend to people in Pukatja.

Awards:
Yoram Gross Award for Best Animation - Sydney Film Festival 2022
AFTRS Craft Award - Sydney Film Festival 2022

Language: Pitjantjatjara w/ English Subtitles (6 min)

DIRECTED BY Tjunkaya TAPAYA, OAM, Jonatha DAW
COUNTRY
Australia
YEAR
2021



No Dogs or Italians  Allowed
In the Beginning of the 20th century - Ughettera, Northern Italy, The Ughetto family’s village. Living in the region had become very difficult and the Ughettos dream of a better life abroad. Legend has it that Luigi Ughetto crossed the Alps starting a new life in France, thus changing the destiny of his beloved family forever.

His grandson travels back in time revisiting their history.

Awards:
Jury Prize - Annecy International Animation Film Festival
”Gan Foundation” Distribution Prize - Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Language: French and Italian w/ English Subtitles (70 min)

DIRECTED BY Alain UGHETTO
COUNTRIES
France, Italy, Switzerland
YEAR
2022

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Saturday 3 December

Best of Kids Animation - 11:30am

Join us on Saturday 3 December at 11:30am at Griffith Film School for the screening of these collection of short films.

Renewal, dir. collective GOBELINS Image School
Luce and the Rock
, dir. Britt RAES (Watch trailer)
Franzy’s Soup
, dir. Ana CHUBINIDZE (Watch teaser)
Story for 2 Trumpets
, dir. Amandine MEYER, ”André-Martin” Award for French Animated Short Film
Cat and Moth
, dir. India BARNARDO
Bellysaurus
, dir. Philip WATTS (Watch trailer)
Queen of the foxes
, dir. Marina ROSSET, Young Audience Award, SACEM Best Score Award

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Ernest et Célestine - 1pm

Join us on Saturday 3 December at 1pm at Griffith Film School for the english screening of this feature film for kids.

In normal bear life, it is frowned upon to make friends with a mouse. But Ernest, a big bear, a clown and musician who lives on the fringes of bear society, nonetheless welcomes little Celestine into his home. She is an orphan and has fled the mouse world down below. These two solitary characters find support and comfort in one another, but in the process, fly in the face of convention, upsetting the established order.

Awards:
Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Film
Best Animated Film – French Césars Awards
SACD Prize, Director’s Fortnight - Cannes Film Festival

Language: English (79 min)

DIRECTED BY Benjamin RENNER, Vincent PATAR, Stéphane AUBIER 
COUNTRY
France
YEAR
2012

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Focus on Female Directors - 3pm

Join us on Saturday 3 December at 3pm at Griffith Film School for the screening of this collection of short films made by female directors.

Watch Closely, dir. collective GOBELINS Image School
O Homem do Lixo
, dir. Laura GONÇALVES (Watch trailer - Watch Interview)
The Flying Sailor
, dir. Amanda FORBIS & Wendy TILBY (Watch trailer - Watch Interview)
Steakhouse
, dir. Spela CADEZ (Watch trailer), Jury Award
Les Liaisons foireuses
, dir. Violette DELVOYE and Chloé ALLIEZ (Watch Interview)
Queen of the foxes
, dir. Marina ROSSET (Watch trailer), Young Audience Award, SACEM Best Score Award
Bolo raz jedno more...
, dir. Joanna KOZUCH (Watch Interview)
SCHWING!
, dir. collective GOBELINS Image School


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Chun Tae-Il , A Flame That Lives On - 5pm

Join us on Saturday 3 December at 5pm at Griffith Film School for the screening of this award-winning feature film in Korean with English subtitles.

When Taeil gets hired as a tailor’s assistant at Pyeonghwa Market, he dreams of becoming a full-fledged tailor one day to be able to financially support his family and put his brothers and sisters through school.

But when his hard work finally earns him the tailor position he had been yearning for, he finds himself constantly reminded of the faces of the young female labourers who were slaving off for pay that amounted to no less than a cup of coffee and vomiting blood from the dire working conditions they were placed in.

Realising no change could come just from kindness, the young 22-year-old Taeil decides to confront a reality where the ‘Labor Standards Act’ was not being enforced and become the flame of hope himself.

Awards:
Jury Distinction Award - Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Language: Korean w/ English Subtitles

DIRECTED BY HONG Jun-Pyo
COUNTRY
South Korea
YEAR
2021

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SPECIAL EVENT - THE BONKERS SATURDAY NIGHT SESSION - 7PM

Join us on Saturday 3 December at 7pm at Griffith Film School for a crazy evening of not-for-children movies (MA15+).

Bob Spit: We Do Not Like People

The story is freely inspired by the life and work of one of the most celebrated Brazilian cartoonists of all times, Angeli, who became famous in the 70s by releasing political cartoons in the midst of Brazil’s military dictatorship. In the 80s, he migrated to the daily strips, showing an acid sense of humor to represent Brazil’s society, day-to-day life and customs. Angeli had a big editorial success with his monthly magazine “Chiclete com Banana”, which sold over 120 thousand copies per edition. In this time frame, the cartoonist creates some of his most famous characters: the bohemian diva Rê Bordosa, the hippie pair Wood & Stock, and the punk Bob Spit.

Awards:
Contrechamp Award - Annecy International Animation Film Festival
Grand Prize - Ottawa International Animation Festival
Audience Award - Cinanima International Animation Festival

Language: Brazilian Portuguese w/ English Subtitles (90 min)

DIRECTED BY Cesar CABRAL
COUNTRY
Brazil
YEAR
2021

Followed by

Red Square, dir. Anatol CHECHIK
Ding
, dir. Malte STEIN
Not Drifting Off
, dir. Steph HOPE
The Sunset Special
, dir. Nicolas GEBBE
Godzalina
, dir. Lucile PARAS
Cuties
, dir. Theo W. SCOTT
Hotel Kalura
, dir. Sophie Koko GATE
Sed saepe cadendo
, dir. Gina KAMENTSKY
Birds Whose Legs Break Off
, dir. Dirk VERSCHURE
Don’t Die on Me
, dir. Ori GOLDBERG
Coucou Tchoutchou
, dir. Charlie MARS


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Sunday 4 December

Best of Annecy - 2pm

Join us on Sunday 4 December at 2pm at Griffith Film School for a selection of the Best of Annecy 2022.


Watch Closely
, dir. collective, GOBELINS Image School
Persona
, dir. Sujin MOON (Watch trailer)
Terra incognita
, dir. Pernille KJAER and Adrian DEXTER (Watch trailer), Festival Connexion Award
The Record
, dir. Jonathan LASKAR (Watch interview), "Jean-Luc Xiberras" First Film Award
Steakhouse
, dir. Spela CADEZ (Watch trailer), Jury Award
Of Wood
, de Owen KLATTE (Interview d'Owen KLATTE)
Anxious Body
, dir. Yoriko MIZUSHIRI (Watch trailer), Honourable Mention for “perfect execution of animation”
Amok
, dir. Balazs TURAI (Watch trailer), Cristal Award, “France TV” Short Film Award


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SPECIAL EVENT - MEET THE MAKERS - 4pm
Adama

Join us on Sunday 4 December at 4pm at Griffith Film School for the very special presentation of the award-winning feature movie Adama with an introduction from the producer, Séverine Lathuillière.


In 1916, 12 year-old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa. Beyond the cliffs lie the World of Whispers, the land of the Nassaras. One night, Samba, Adama’s older brother, vanishes. Adama is determined to find him again. With determination that only boys on the verge of becoming men can show, Adama starts a journey that will lead him beyond the seas, in the North, where the First World War roars.

Awards:
André-Martin Award - Annecy International Animation Film Festival
Adult’s Jury Award - Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Special Prize - Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Peace Prize - Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

Language: French w/ English Subtitles (82 min)

DIRECTED BY Simon ROUBY
COUNTRY
France
YEAR.
2015


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SPECIAL EVENT - CLOSING NIGHT - 6pm
An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It
Little Nicholas - Happy As Can Be

Join us on Sunday 4 December at 6pm at Griffith Film School for the closing night of the very first edition of Anim'Action with an Academy Awards winning short movie introduced by its director, Lachlan Pendragon, and an Australian premiere and the Cristal Award for Best Animated Feature at Annecy International Animation Film Festival .

An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It

When a young telemarketer is confronted by a mysterious talking ostrich, he learns that the universe is stop motion animation. He must put aside his dwindling toaster sales and focus on convincing his colleagues of his terrifying discovery. It’s scary business living in a stop motion world, where your faces come off and a giant hand controls your every move.

Awards:
Best Australian Short Film - Melbourne International Film Festival 2022
Best Animation - Student Academy Awards 2022

Language: English (11 min)

DIRECTED BY Lachlan PENDRAGON
COUNTRY
Australia
YEAR
2021


Little Nicholas - Happy As Can Be
Somewhere between Montmartre and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Jean-Jacques Sempé and René Goscinny lean over a large white sheet of paper and bring to life a mischievous and endearing boy, Little Nicolas. From schoolyard games and fights, to summer camp pranks and camaraderie, Nicolas lives a merry and enriching childhood.

Awards:
Cristal Award for Best Animated Feature - Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Language: French w/ English Subtitles (86 min)

DIRECTED BY Amandine FREDON, Benjamin MASSOUBRE
COUNTRY
France, Luxemburg
YEAR
2022

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The Anim’Action Film Festival has been created under the patronage of the French Embassy with UTS (Sydney) and UTS Animation Guild, Alliance Française of Brisbane and Griffith Film School (Brisbane), in partnership with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the support of the Institut Français.