Pieter Coudyzer’s latest animation short Beast! has been selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (13 – 18 June) in France. The programme also includes the absurdist comedy Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service; student film Mahonie; and A Town Called Panic: Back to School, which was co-produced with Flanders.

BeastThe animated short Beast! by Pieter Coudyzer, a production by S.O.I.L., is part of the official Short Film Competition. The 20-minute film shows how the lonely existence of a scruffy homeless man is transformed by the arrival of a very unexpected visitor. It’s not the first time that Coudyzer has been to Annecy: his last short The Wake screened there in 2013.

Selected in the Competition for TV Films is A Town Called Panic: Back to School by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar. It tells the story of Cowboy and Indian who are about to take off on an extravagant luxury cruise. But there’s just one catch: they totally forgot that today’s the first day of school. The TV special was co-produced by Flemish animation hub Beast Animation.

Ghent-based animation studio Creative Conspiracy is set to introduce the pilot episode of the animated series Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service out of competition at the Festival. The series is about a delivery service run by three little ninjas who deliver anything and everything, anywhere and anytime. When a not-so-charming Prince slays the dragon guarding a fairy-tale Princess, she promptly orders a new one. Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service was created by Kim Claeys and is directed by Karim Rhellam.

In the Graduation Films section, Emily Lefebvre will present her short film Mahonie, a drawn animation film in which pieces of furniture communicate with each other. Their drawers open and close, while their questions are answered by the dresser whose squeaking doors also open and close. Mahonie previously screened at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht.

Finally, Mr Sand has also been selected for the Short Film Competition. It is a Danish-Flemish animated documentary by Soetkin Verstegen who previously worked on animation assignments for companies including Beast Animation, CZAR and Caviar.

Beast!, A Town Called Panic: Back To School and Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Friday 18 March 2016

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