Centerpiece Feature Film
Sirocco and the Kingdom of the Winds

Sirocco et le royaume des courants d’air

NY Premiere

Friday, January 26
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Ages 7+
Centerpiece Night Reception from 8:30—9:45pm

FIAF Tinker Auditorium

Dir. Benoît Chieux, 2023, France, Belgium, Color. 80 min.
Voiced by Maryne Bertieaux, Aurélie Konaté, Pierre Lognay
In French with English subtitles

In competition, 2023 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

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.” Transformed into cats and separated from each other, they summon their bravery and boldness in order to reunite. But their harrowing adventures are only beginning—they must confront the terrifying wizard Sirocco, master of winds and storms, if they want to return to the real world. He’s rumored to be a beastly fellow, but does his reputation truly represent him? This surreal, dreamlike story—helmed by French animator, screenwriter, and director Benoît Chieux—won the Audience Award at the 60th Annecy International Animation Film Festival and evokes beloved classics like “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Fantastic Planet.”



Best of Annecy 2023 Shorts

Friday, January 26, 2024

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival is the largest of its kind in the world. 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.

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