Animation First 2022 — Festival Program


In-Person Weekend at FIAF
Friday, February 11–Sunday, February 13

Continues Online Nationwide
Monday, February 14–Monday, February 21

FIAF is proud to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its popular Animation First Festival with a special edition featuring distinct programs in person and online from February 11–21.

Animation First, the only festival dedicated to French animation in NY, and now nationwide, will present 51 premieres, a 2nd Annual Student Short Film Competition, and highly anticipated Works in Progress. The first Female Guest of Honor, Florence Miailhe, will open the festival with her award-winning The Crossing, and closing night will feature an exclusive screening of The Summit of the Gods. A new partnership with The Met Museum will look at Disney’s influence on French animation, along with a 30th anniversary screening of Beauty and the Beast. All films have English subtitles. Talks will be in English.

Read more about the Festival here and view the complete program below.

Get the Full Festival Pass to enjoy the Feb 11–13 in-person weekend at FIAF and get bonus access to the Feb 14–21 online program. Individual film tickets for in-person screenings and an online program-only pass are also available.


Opening Night


Opening Night Feature Film

The Crossing

La Traversée
NY Premiere
In Person: Friday, February 11, 2022
7pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Ages 13 & Up

Introduction by Florence Miailhe
Festival Kick-Off Reception at 8:30pm

Dir. Florence Miailhe, 2021
In French with English subtitles

On a migratory road, two older children, Kyona and Adriel, are quickly separated from their parents and siblings. Together they embark on a heroic journey which takes them from childhood to adolescence through a continent torn apart by war and persecution.

Opening Night Shorts

Best of Annecy 2021

In Person: Friday, February 11, 2022
9:15pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Festival Kick-Off Reception at 8:30pm

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival is the biggest animated film festival in the world. Straight from the 2021 edition and curated by the festival team, this program includes a series of notable award-winning shorts.


Feature Films


Feature Film

Princess Dragon

Princesse Dragon
US Premiere
In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
11am
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Ages 5 & Up

Dir. Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis, 2021
In French with English subtitles

Bristle is a little girl raised by dragons. She breathes fire and is as strong as ten men, yet she is not actually a dragon. When her father must repay a debt to Sorcerog, Bristle is given away to the froggy witch.

Feature Film

My Sunny Maad

Ma famille Afghane
US Premiere
In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
8pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Mature Audiences

Dir. Michaela Pavlátová, 2021
In Czech and Dari with English subtitles

Golden Globes Awards 2022 – Nominated for Best Motion Picture – Animated

With gorgeous 2D animation, great texture and depth, Michaela Pavlátová’s first film offers a penetrating observation of a woman who wants to save her relationship while challenging oppressive rules and traditions.

Feature Film

My Neighbors’ Neighbors

Les Voisins de mes voisins sont mes voisins
US Premiere
In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
10:15pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Mature Audiences

Dir. Léo Marchand, Annelaure Daffis, 2021
In French with English subtitles

In a French apartment building, the inhabitants seem to be dealing with the strangest hazards of life: an ogre breaks his teeth on the day of the annual Ogre Feast; a magician cuts his assistant in half and her legs run off…

Feature Film

Little Vampire

Petit Vampire
US Premiere
In Person: Sunday, February 13, 2022
10:30am
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Ages 6 & up

Dir. Joann Sfar, 2020
In French with English subtitles

Little Vampire has been 10-years-old for the last 300 years. Despite living in a haunted house with a merry group of monsters, he is bored to death. With great generosity, tenderness and humor, Joan Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat) brings to life the beloved Little Vampire, star of his eponymous graphic novel.

Feature Film

Beauty and the Beast

In Person: Sunday, February 13, 2022
3pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Ages 8 & up

Dir. Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, 1991
In English

An arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into a hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. FIAF is proud to bring The Beauty and the Beast back to the big screen!

Feature Film

Archipelago

Archipel
NY Premiere
In Person: Sunday, February 13, 2022
5:15pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Mature Audiences

Dir. Félix Dufour-Laperrière, 2021
In French with English subtitles

Félix Dufour-Laperrière’s Archipelago offers a contemplative and poetic travelogue along the St. Lawrence River. It expands into a semi-fictional odyssey through the filmmaker’s native province: Quebec.

Closing Night Feature Film

The Summit of the Gods

Le Sommet des dieux
NY Premiere
In Person: Sunday, February 13, 2022
7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Ages 13 & Up
Free!

Dir. Patrick Imbert, 2021
In French with English subtitles

The story initially unfolds as a mystery: were George Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine the first men to scale Everest on June 8, 1924? In Kathmandu, 70 years later, a young Japanese reporter named Fukamachi goes on a journey that leads him, step by step, towards the summit of the gods. Spectacular and emotional, this film is “an ode to extreme climbers” (IGN).

Feature Film

The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily

La Fameuse invasion des ours en Sicile
Online: Monday, February 14–Monday, February 21, 2022
Ages 6 & Up

Dir. Lorenzo Mattotti, 2019
In French with English subtitles

Inspired by the 1945 classic Italian children’s book by Dino Buzzati, acclaimed Italian illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti brings bold colors and a graphic eye to his first feature film, a tale about friendship, tolerance, and nature.

Feature Film

The Tower

Wardi
NY Premiere
Online: Monday, February 14–Monday, February 21, 2022
Ages 13 & Up

Dir. Mats Grorud, 2017
In Arabic and French with English subtitles

Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole family in a refugee camp in Lebanon. There, she learns about her family’s history through stories told by three generations of refugees.


Shorts & TV Series


TV Special

Mum is Pouring Rain
Mussels & Fries

Maman Pleut des Cordes
Moules-Frites
In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
1:45pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Ages 8 & up

Mum is Pouring Rain, dir. Hugo De Faucompret
8-years-old Jane is a strong-minded girl. Her mother Cécile, however, is going through a little depression. She decides to get help, and sends Jane to spend Christmas with her grandmother, in the countryside.

Mussels & Fries, dir. Nicolas Hu
Noée, a 9 year-old girl, joins her mother on an island in Brittany. Soon she discovers that all the children on the island know each other well and love sailing. How will Noée manage to sail and fit in?

Shorts

Spotlight on Florence Miailhe

In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
3:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Mature Audiences

Introduction by Florence Miailhe

Over the course of her three-decade career in animation, Florence Miailhe has created a precious body of award-winning short films. Her richly picturesque films often explore subjects like femininity, the human body, and desire.

Shorts

New French Shorts: Program 1

In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
5:45pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Online: Monday, February 14–Monday, February 21, 2022
On Eventive
Mature Audiences

Straight from France, these two eclectic programs bring together films from established filmmakers as well as emerging talent. Each one opens up a unique world and speaks to the rich diversity of animation in France today.

Shorts

New French Shorts: Program 2

In Person: Sunday, February 13, 2022
12:45pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Online: Monday, February 14–Monday, February 21, 2022
On Eventive
Mature Audiences

Straight from France, these two eclectic programs bring together films from established filmmakers as well as emerging talent. Each one opens up a unique world and speaks to the rich diversity of animation in France today.

Shorts & TV Series

Focus on Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo

In Person: Sunday, February 13, 2022
2:45pm
FIAF Skyroom
Ages 11 & up

Screening and Talk with Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo

Emerging filmmaker Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo presents several short films, along with a few episodes of his new series Ex-Aequo!. Weaving his passion for dance and sports, Malolo’s films offer powerful, sensitive and insightful portraits and stories.

Shorts

Best of Annecy 2021: Spotlight on Women Directors

Online: Monday, February 14–Monday, February 21, 2022
Mature Audiences

This year, in collaboration with Women in Animation, the International Animation Film Festival’s team curated a selection of shorts by women directors with films shown at the 2021 festival.

TV Series

Ex-Aequo!

Online: Monday, February 14–Monday, February 21, 2022
Ages 11 & Up

Dir. Karine Chaunac, Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo & Camille Duvelleroy, 2021
In French with English subtitles

Set over 10 minutes each and based on interviews with international athletes and sports professionals, Ex-Aequo! poignantly brings to life stories of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation and disability.

Shorts

Fresh Out of School — Andrée Chedid Collection

En sortant de l'école — Collection Andrée Chedid
US Premiere
Online: Monday, February 14–Monday, February 21, 2022
Ages 10 & up

Fresh Out of School — Andrée Chedid is a collection of 13 animated short films showcasing the beloved French poet’s work. These animated poems were created by 13 young directors who have just graduated from the best animation schools.

Shorts

Pictanovo Presents

Online: Monday, February 14–Monday, February 21, 2022
Mature Audiences

Pictanovo – images en Hauts-de-France is dedicated to supporting audiovisual and film production in the Hauts-de-France region. This program gathers some of the best animated shorts they have supported over the last decade.


Panel Discussions


Talk

Conversation with Florence Miailhe

Guest of Honor
In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
5:30pm
In English
FIAF Skyroom
Free!

Moderated by Signe Baumane

Author of many short films and a recent award-winning first feature, The Crossing, Florence Miailhe, Animation First 2022’s guest of honor, discusses the inspiration behind her carefully crafted and deeply poetic films.

Panel Discussion

The Influence of Disney in French Animation

In Person: Sunday, February 13, 2022
5pm
In English
FIAF Skyroom
Free!

Animation experts will discuss the influence films created by The Walt Disney Company have had on French animation, and the fascinating history between the two countries’ industries as far back as the mid 20th century.

Panel Discussion

Women in Animation

LIVE Online: Sunday, February 20, 2022
3pm ET
Free!

Co-presented with Women in Animation. The discussion will bring together women in their mid-career who work in different positions in the animation pipeline in France and the US.


Student Competition


Shorts

US & French Student Short Film Competition

Online: Monday, February 14–Monday, February 21, 2022
LIVE Online Awards Ceremony on Saturday, February 19 at 2pm ET
Mature Audiences

The Animation First Student Shorts Competition is back for its second edition! It features the work of emerging talent from some of the most renowned animation schools in France and the United States. The jury will award prizes to the Best French Film and Best American Film.


Works in Progress


Work In Progress

Lastman (Season 2)

In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
11am
In English
FIAF Skyroom
Free!

Conversation with director Jérémie Hoarau

Director Jérémie Hoarau will discuss the process behind this new season and the important changes he introduced. He will be joined, remotely from France, by several of the series writers. The event will include the US premiere of the first full episode.

Work In Progress

No Dogs or Italians Allowed

Interdit aux chiens et aux italiens
In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
1:30pm
In English
FIAF Skyroom
Free!

Conversation with director Alain Ughetto

In this Work in Progress, Alain Ughetto will discuss his journey in crafting this very personal film based on the story of his own family who left their homeland in Piedmont, Italy to settle in France at the turn of the 20th century.


Works in Progress


Work In Progress

Little Nicholas

Le Petit Nicolas
In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
3:30pm
In English
FIAF Skyroom
Free!

Conversation with co-directors Benjamin Massoubre in person and Amandine Fredon live and online

Director Benjamin Massoubre presents the creative process behind the forthcoming feature Little Nicholas, based on the eponymous book series about a little boy. He will be joined, live from France, by co-director Amandine Fredon.

Work In Progress

The Inventor

In Person: Sunday, February 13, 2022
1pm
In English
FIAF Skyroom
Free!

Conversation with director Jim Capobianco

Jim Capobianco will be on hand to discuss this much anticipated film with clips and images. He will address the creative choices he made with Pierre-Luc Granjon for their stop-motion and 2-D drawn adventure film.

Work In Progress

Uncanny Stories

L’Etrange collection
Online: Monday, February 14–Monday, February 21, 2022
Free!

Conversation with all the writers

In this exclusive pre-recorded Work in Progress, all writers were gathered to discuss the creation of the series and the artistic choices they made to adapt these classic horror stories.