Best of Annecy 2023

Friday, January 26, 2024
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Recommended for Mature Audiences

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival is the largest of its kind in the world. Each year it gathers moviegoers from around the globe to discover new works by lauded filmmakers and creators. Straight from the 2023 edition and curated by the Annecy Festival team, this program includes a series of not-to-be-missed international award-winning shorts and custom opening sequences by Gobelins Paris students.

Centerpiece Film Party from 8:30—9:45pm
FIAF Tinker Auditorium

10 shorts, 75 min

Winner, 2024 Animation First Film Festival Shorts Competition: La saison pourpre, dir. Clémence Bouchereau


Dir. Burger William, Glavaski Nina, Palasie Zoé, Ginguene Lila, Mondamert Garance, Soucanh Elisa, Gobelins Paris

An Aztec priest prepares for a ceremony in honor of Quetzalcoatl. The statuettes around him come to life to help him embody this deity.

La Notte

La Notte
Dir. Martina Generali, Simone Pratola, Francesca Rosso, 2023, Italy, Color, DCP, 6 min 30
Without dialogue or commentary

In this spin on Vivaldi’s “La Notte,” protagonist Pulcinella attempts to slip into a VIP party at The Carnival of Venice. His dream of rubbing elbows with the rich and famous though quickly turns into a nightmare.

The Purple Season (La saison pourpre)

La saison pourpre
Dir. Clémence Bouchereau, 2023, France, Black & White, DCP, 9 min 07
Without dialogue or commentary

On the edge of a mangrove forest, a group of girls grow up together emmersed in nature and wildlife. As time passes and they turn from children into young adults, tensions arise, and rivalries develop.

Nun or Never!

Nun or Never!
Dir. Heta Jäälinoja, 2023, Finland, Color, DCP, 10 min 46
Without dialogue or commentary

A convent of nuns is living in happy harmony until one sister digs the body of a man out of their garden. The discovery causes her to break from the group in pursuit of her own dreams.

Our Uniform

Our Uniform
Dir. Yegane Moghaddam, 2023, Iran, Color, DCP, 7 min 25
In Farsi version English subtitles

Yegane Moghaddam’s short film, which won the Animayo Festival’s grand jury prize, follows an Iranian girl’s school memories as they unfold through the wrinkles of her old uniform. Utilizing modern technology, Moghaddam painted the illustrations on cloth from school uniforms.


Dir. Toke Ringmann Madsen, 2023, Denmark, Color, DCP, 6 min 58
In Danish with English subtitles

Trapped in a neglectful family situation, a protective older brother takes care of his younger sibling and confronts his absent mother, which leads to a rash decision.


Dir. Levi Stoops, 2023, Belgium, Color, DCP, 14 min 59
In Dutch with English subtitles

Lost at sea, Jeremy and Aurora huddle adrift on a tree trunk. The sheer terror of the situation making them increasingly more desperate, they fight a bloody battle for survival.

The Harbourmaster (Havnesjefen)

The Harbourmaster
Dir. Mia L. Henriksen, Konrad Hjemli, 2022, Norway, Color, DCP, 7 min 17
In Norwegian with English sutbtitles

The true story of how a swan—known as the titular “harbourmaster”—went from a beloved small-town icon to a wanted criminal.


Dir. Flóra Anna Buda, 2023, France, Hungary, Color, DCP, 10 min 38
In Hungarian with English subtitles

Alice is turning 27 years old, but she doesn’t feel like celebrating. She still lives with her parents, has no personal relationships, and spends time daydreaming to escape the dreariness of her life. Until a bicycle accident changes everything…

Clavel gris

Dir. Antoine Dahan, Clément Delaby, Rayan Takhedmit, Gobelins Paris

A little boy discovers the Aztec myth explaining the journey of the soul towards the afterlife.


Sirocco and the Kingdom of Air Streams

NY Premiere
Friday, January 26, 7pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Two intrepid sisters, 8-year-old Carmen and 4-year-old Juliette, discover a secret passage from their world into that of their favorite book, “The Kingdom of Air Streams.” To return to the real world, they must confront the terrifying wizard Sirocco, master of winds and storms.

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