Wendy Morris’ short film Heir to the Evangelical Revival is selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (9 – 14 June). Two children’s series co-produced in Flanders are to be presented too, just like the Christmas Special of A Town Called Panic and work by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels.

Heir to the Evangelical RevivalThe festival has added Heir to the Evangelical Revival to the line-up of its Short Film Competition. Drawn by hand, Wendy Morris’ animation short is a commentary on the Evangelical Revival in South Africa through the eyes of the director herself who’s an atheist-apostate-agnostic.

Scripted and drawn by Wendy Morris, Heir To The Evangelical Revival is a production of Jean Delbeke of Vertigo Productions. Editing was done by Effi Weiss while Yannick Franck composed the musical score. Earlier this month, the film already screened at the Holland Animation Film Festival while it was also selected for the Lab Competition at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in February.

Presented in the competitive TV Films section, is What’s the Big Idea, an animated series for children with as central character Hugo. He and his friends are curious about everything. They have an appetite for critical thinking and encourage young viewers to question the world around them.

Another series to be discovered at the Annecy fest this June is Dimitri. A stop motion series for children aged three to six, it follows the little bird Dimitri. Originating from northern Europe, he ends up on the African plains of Ubuyu. Gradually, Dimitri overcomes his fears and discovers a world full of surprises. Being different is an asset that he will share with Mabeka the giraffe, Oko the zebra and Pili the meerkat.

Furthermore, also A Town Called Panic – The Yule Log by Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier has found its way into the TV Films programme. In this Christmas special, Indian and Cowboy are eagerly waiting to open their presents. Overexcited by the organisation of this celebration, they fight and accidentally destroy the Yule log on which Horse was putting the final touch.

Finally, also Flemish animators Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels, known for their stop motion short film Oh Willy…, are part of the Annecy programme. Their trailer Fight, created to promote the National Animation Film Festival of Bruz, is competing in the Commissioned Films section of the festival.

What’s the Big Idea is a production of Planet Nemo Animation from France, in cooperation with Flemish prodco Skyline Entertainment (Salamander, Germaine, Santa's Magic Crystal) and animation studio Grid Animation. The series was created with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund of Flemish Media Minster Ingrid Lieten. Dimitri, a production of Vivement Lundi! (France), Nadasdy Film (Switzerland) and Beast Animation from Flanders, could also count on the support of the VAF/Mediafund as well as Screen Flanders, the economic fund of Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. Beast Animation equally coproduced A Town Called Panic – The Yule Log with the support of the VAF/Film Fund.

Published on Monday 24 March 2014

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