Jordan Peele’s ‘Wendell & Wild’ Opens 2022 Animation Is Movie Competition

The fifth version of the competition additionally consists of sneak peeks at Disney’s “Unusual World” and Dreamworks Animations’ “Puss in Boots: The Final Want.”

The fifth annual Animation Is Movie (AIF) Competition has introduced its 2022 lineup that includes the world premiere of Academy Award winner Jordan Peele and BAFTA winner Henry Selick’s “Wendell & Wild.”

The AIF fest opens with “Wendell & Wild” on October 21, working via October 23 and shutting with a particular shock screening on October 29. Programming highlights additionally embrace “My Father’s Dragon” from Oscar-nominated Nora Twomey and Annecy Cristal winner “Little Nicolas.”

“I’m delighted my new movie ‘Wendell & Wild,’ co-written and produced with Jordan Peele, could have its U.S. premiere at Animation Is Movie, a competition that celebrates the nontraditional and groundbreaking in animated films,” director Selick, who may even be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A, mentioned. “Our manufactured-in-the-USA stop-motion function is many issues: scary, humorous, creepy, unhappy, and empowering, however most of all, it’s very very unique so I can’t consider a greater place for its U.S. premiere than Animation Is Movie. Hope you benefit from the present.”

AIF’s mission is to champion animation as a cinematic artwork type on par with reside motion. Screening for this yr’s competition will happen on the TCL Chinese language 6 Theatres in Hollywood. For the primary time in its historical past, the competition shall be increasing to a second weekend. On Saturday, October 29, the competition will shut with its awards ceremony adopted by a shock screening of a movie directed by a multi-award-winning director.

Recipients of awards shall be winners of Competitors Jury and Viewers prizes for Greatest options and shorts. Animation Is Movie may even bestow a Particular Prize in recognition of the profession of Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, producer of “Wendell & Wild” and Founder/CEO of the Gotham Group, for her impression on the animation trade.

This yr, AIF continues to acknowledge and acknowledge the significance of animation by curating profitable and critically-acclaimed movies around the globe. The competition will host three world premieres altogether — together with “Titina,” “Gold Kingdom and Water Kingdom,” and the theatrical premiere of all 4 chapters of Tonko Home’s “Oni: Thunder God’s Story.”

Moreover, AIF will deliver again particular sections together with the favored shorts showcase offered in partnership with Annecy and Girls In Animation that highlights the most effective of female-directed animated movies in addition to a particular scholar shorts showcase.

“Animation continues to redefine the scope of what cinema is able to providing,” AIF director Matt Kaszanek mentioned. “With this, our fifth iteration, we undergo you an inventory of not solely among the most important animated movies of the yr, however essentially the most important movies interval. The world has modified within the final 5 years, however the competition’s mission has not: Animation is movie, and we’re proud to proceed screaming it from each rooftop.”

Marcel Jean, Creative Director of Annecy Competition, added, “As one of many competition’s co-founders, Annecy is proud to help the fifth version of Animation Is Movie. Yearly, this occasion brings an distinctive lineup of options and brief movies to the Los Angeles viewers. Most of the movies had been screened in Annecy final June, together with Le petit Nicolas, which was awarded with the Cristal du lengthy métrage Award for function movie. It’s the excellent time in movie, to take the heartbeat of the state of the animation nation.”

Particular occasions and studio screenings embrace “Work in Progress” options with sneak peeks at Disney’s “Unusual World” and Dreamworks Animations’ “Puss in Boots: The Final Want.” AIF will current particular screenings of the Apple Authentic Movies and Skydance Animation’s “Luck,” Pixar’s “Turning Purple,” plus “GKIDS’ Summer season Ghost.”

The competition, based by GKIDS and the Annecy Worldwide Animation Movie Competition, presents a number of new animated function movies from Asia, Europe, South America and North America, with each juried and viewers prizes.

On-line panels embrace “Designing Storytelling” with a selected give attention to 2D animation and unbiased manufacturing, and “(Nearly) On Their Personal,” that includes a panel of filmmakers.

See under for the complete AIF lineup. Synopses courtesy of the competition.

OPENING NIGHT
WENDELL & WILD (USA / USA Premiere)
Two scheming demons (Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele) strike a take care of a punk rock-loving teen to allow them to depart the Underworld and reside out their desires within the Land of the Residing. A Netflix launch.
* Director Henry Selick attending

COMPETITION LINE-UP
GOLD KINGDOM AND WATER KINGDOM – (JAPAN / World Premiere) – Kotono Watanabe’s function debut tells the story of two warring kingdoms who’ve constructed a literal wall between them – and a promise to re-unite a century therefore with the wedding of two of their residents. 100 years later, when the designated bride and groom discover one another, via surprising means, they take destiny into their very own palms and redefine the Kingdoms’ (and their very own) expectations.

TITINA– (NORWAY | BELGIUM / World Premiere)
Ital­ian air­ship engi­neer, Umber­to Nobile, enjoys a qui­et life together with his beloved canine Titi­na, who charmed him into res­cu­ing her from the streets of Rome. At some point, Nor­we­gian explor­er tremendous­star Roald Amund­sen con­tacts him and orders an air­ship to con­quer The North Pole. Nobile seizes the oppor­tu­ni­ty to go down in his­to­ry. He brings Titi­na alongside, and the not like­ly trio units out on an expe­di­tion to the final undis­cov­ered place on Earth. Their quest is suc­cess­ful however, within the after­math, the 2 males begin to quar­rel over the glo­ry … By way of the eyes of the four-legged celebri­ty Titi­na, (re)uncover a real sto­ry of tri­umph and defeat.
* Director Kajsa Næss attending

AURORA’S SUNRISE – (ARMENIA | GERMANY | LITHUANIA | North American Premiere)
A teenage lady goes from genocide survivor to Hollywood star. Dropping her household, escaping slavery, enduring trauma and Hollywood greed, Aurora travels a really lengthy solution to inform the world about her individuals’s tragedy. Her braveness lengthy forgotten, Aurora’s odyssey is revived via this distinctive testimony, archive footage, and the magic of animation.
* Director Inna Sahakyan attending

MY FATHER’S DRAGON – (IRELAND | FRANCE / North American premiere)
The latest movie from Oscar-nominated Nora Twomey and Cartoon Saloon, based mostly on the Newbery-winning kids’s e book, this animated movie follows a younger boy who runs away to an island to rescue and befriend a younger dragon. A Netflix launch.
* Director Nora Twomey attending

LITTLE NICOLAS – (FRANCE | LUXEMBOURG / US Premiere)
Winner of the Cristal Award at Annecy, this animated adaptation of the beloved kids’s collection by Rene Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempe, this magical movie follows the adventures of a mischievous boy and his schoolmates, instructor, and oldsters in Paris within the Sixties.

OINK – (THE NETHERLANDS | BELGIUM / West Coast premiere)
When 9-year-old Babs receives a pig named Oink as a gift from her grandfather, she convinces her mother and father to maintain it beneath the situation that Oink follows a pet coaching. However her mother and father usually are not the most important menace to Oink as a result of truly her grandfather is secretly participating within the sausage competitors organized by The Society for Meat Merchandise from Contemporary Pigs…
* Director Mascha Halberstad attending

PERLIMPS – (BRAZIL / West Coast premiere)
The latest movie from Academy Award nominated Alê Abreu. Claé and Bruô, secret brokers from enemy Kingdoms of the Solar and the Moon, should overcome their variations and mix forces to search out the Perlimps and infiltrate right into a world managed by Giants the place struggle is imminent. Offered in collaboration with the Latino Movie Institute, LALIFF, and LatinX in Animation.
* Director Alê Abreu attending

UNICORN WARS – (SPAIN | FRANCE / West Coast premiere)
In Unicorn Wars, filmmaker Alberto Vázquez resorts to animated fantasy to ponder over the origin of evil. Two brothers – Azulín and Gordi – together with a gaggle of latest recruits with out expertise, are despatched on a harmful mission to save lots of the Magic Forest from the unicorns that signify a menace for the safety of their individuals. Will the little bears be as much as the problem? Offered in collaboration with the Latino Movie Institute, LALIFF, and LatinX in Animation.
*Director Alberto Vázquez attending

SPECIAL EVENTS & STUDIO SCREENINGS:

LUCK – (Apple Authentic Movies & Skydance Animation): The story of Sam Greenfield, the unluckiest particular person on the planet! Out of the blue discovering herself within the never-before-seen Land of Luck, she should unite with the magical creatures there to show her luck round. An Apple Authentic Movies launch.
*Director Peggy Holmes attending

NEW GODS: YANG JIAN – (GKIDS)
As Yang Jian confronts the actions of his previous, he should face a bunch of harmful vigilantes searching for the identical treasure with the ability to change the steadiness of their worlds. This newest entry within the New Gods universe from Gentle Chaser Animation (White Snake, New Gods: Nezha Reborn) options awe-inspiring motion sequences set in opposition to breathtaking and wildly imaginative environments. Combining historical lore with dazzling animation, New Gods: Yang Jian is a timeless journey of epic proportions that includes certainly one of China’s legendary mythic figures..

ONI: THUNDER GOD’S TALE (Tonko Home / Netflix Anime) – In a world crammed with Japanese mythological oddball gods and monsters, one of many creatures’ free-spirited daughters, Onari, is decided to observe within the footsteps of the mighty heroes of lore, however her distinctive powers are but to be revealed. Does she have what it takes to battle to guard her peaceable village from the encroaching menace of the gods’ mysterious enemies, the “Oni”?
* Cube Tsutsumi (Director/Creator), Sara Okay. Sampson (Producer), Robert Kondo (Govt Producer/Manufacturing Designer), and Kane Lee (Govt Producer) attending

WORK IN PROGRESS: PUSS-IN-BOOTS: THE LAST WISH – (Dreamworks Animation): Director Joel Crawford takes us on a visible tour of the upcoming launch, that includes never-before-seen footage and commentary.

WORK IN PROGRESS: STRANGE WORLD – (Walt Disney): The filmmakers, through new footage beforehand unseen, chart a course with the legendary Clade household to offer a sneak peak into Walt Disney Animation’s 61st function movie.

SUMMER GHOST – (GKIDS): An area city legend claims that lighting fireworks at an deserted airfield will name the “summer time ghost,” a spirit that may reply any query. Three troubled youngsters – Tomoya, Aoi, and Ryo – have no idea one another but, however every has their very own causes to point out up in the future. When a sparkler is lit, a ghost named Ayane seems, and he or she reveals she is just seen to these “who’re about to the touch their loss of life.” The three teenagers return residence, however Tomoya quickly begins visiting the airfield alone, as he turns into obsessive about the thriller surrounding Ayane and the true objective of her visits. A GKIDS launch.
*Director loundraw attending

TURNING RED – (PIXAR): Younger actress Rosalie Chiang lends her voice to Mei Lee, a 13-year-old who immediately “poofs” into an enormous pink panda when she will get too excited (which is virtually ALWAYS). Sandra Oh voices Mei Lee’s protecting, if not barely overbearing mom, Ming, who is rarely removed from her daughter—an unlucky actuality for {the teenager}. A Pixar launch.
*Director Domee Shi and producer Lindsey Collins attending.

SHORTS PRESENTATIONS

SHORTS #1 – A group of brief animated movies from around the globe, curated by a prestigious panel of programmers. Free to the general public.

SHORTS #2: STUDENT SHOWCASE – A vibrant and numerous assortment of scholar brief movies from among the most extremely regarded animation colleges within the nation. Free to the general public.

SHORTS #3: – Returning for its 4th straight yr, this jewel of the Animation Is Movie program highlights a set of female-directed brief movies. Programmed in partnership with the Annecy Worldwide Animation Movie Competition and Girls in Animation.

AIF ONLINE PANELS:

Designing Storytelling
Storytelling is the expressive basis that has developed with and transcended artforms for millenia. In a dialogue that includes a wide range of artists inside the broader media and gaming worlds we discover how design impacts the storytelling (and vise-versa) inside video video games. With a selected give attention to 2D and unbiased manufacturing, the dialog will discover how particular person artists use their expertise to reinforce and have an effect on the story and gameplay inside this distinctive type of animated storytelling.

(Nearly) On Their Personal
Making an animated function movie is akin to scaling a mountain, it’s a painstaking, lengthy and tough course of, even with a big crew and all the required instruments. Trying to create an animated function with a skeleton crew and a shoestring, unbiased finances looks like an not possible job and but just a few filmmakers are doing simply that with unbelievable outcomes. Any kind of unbiased filmmaking requires grit, dedication and inventive resilience, however what are the distinctive challenges (or freedoms) that animation brings to the method? This panel of filmmakers who’ve all efficiently produced a function (or, shockingly, multiple!) focus on the nuances, horror tales and surprisingly delights that got here from making the movie (virtually) all on their very own.

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