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Animation Is Film Festival 2017: Film Lineup: MUTAFUKAZ, MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER, & More

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Animation Is Film Festival 2017 Film Lineup

MutafukazMary and the Witch’s Flower, and other films screening at the 2017 Animation Is Film Festival (AIFF) have been announced. The 1st Annual Animation Is Film Festival is “will present a highly selective showcase of the best animated films from around the world, plus red carpet, filmmaker Q&As, special events, receptions, and both juried and audience awards…ANIMATION IS FILM fills a gap in the market by creating the first and only world class animation festival in the US, with its home in the world capital of animated filmmaking.”

This type of film festival has been a long-time coming. I am glad to see how seriously it is being taken by those that are putting it together and presenting it to the world. In a few years, Animation is Film Festival may be one of the premiere animation film festivals in the world. I don’t say that because I am optimistic, because I want them to succeed. I say that because of the slate of films present at their inaugural festival.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower and Big Fish and Begoniaboth look solid and The Incredibles is a good film. I wish that AIF was hosting the world premiere of Coco (I bet they tried to secure it) but a sneak peak is better than nothing.

The full film lineup for the 2017 Animation Is Film Festival:

AIF 2017 FILMS IN COMPETITION

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales
US Premiere
Saturday, October 21st at 1:30PM
Followed by Q&A with directors Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner
d. Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner, France, 2017
Recommended for ages 8+

Big Fish and Begonia
World Premiere – English Language Version
Sunday, October 22nd at 11:00AM
d. Liang Xua, Zhang Chun, China, 2016
Recommended for ages 8+

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children
West Coast Premiere
Saturday, October 21st at 4:15PM
Followed by Q&A with directors Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero
d. Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero, Spain, 2015
Recommended for ages 14+

The Breadwinner
US Premiere – Opening Night Film
Friday, October 20th at 7:00PM
Followed by Q&A with director Nora Twomeyd. Nora Twomey, Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 2017
Recommended for ages 11+

Fireworks, Should We See it From the Side or the Bottom
North American Premiere – Opening Night Film
Friday, October 20th at 9:30PM
d. Noboyuki Takeuchi, Akiyuki Shinbo, Japan, 2017
Recommended for ages 8+

Lu Over the Wall
US Premiere
Sunday, October 22nd at 2:15PM
d. Masaaki Yuasa, Japan, 2017
Recommended for ages 8+

Mary and the Witch’s Flower
North American Premiere – English Language Version
Sunday, October 22nd at 5:15PM
Followed by Q&A with director Hiromasa Yonebayashi
d. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017
Recommended for ages 6+

Mutafukaz
West Coast Premiere
Saturday, October 21st at 7:00PM
d. Guillaume Renard and Shoujirou Nishimi, France/Japan, 2017
Recommended for ages 17+

Night is Short, Walk on Girl
US Premiere
Sunday, October 22nd at 8:00PM
d. Masaaki Yuasa, Japan, 2017
Recommended for ages 14+

Tehran Taboo
North American Premiere
Sunday, October 22nd at 5:15PM
Followed by Q&A with director Ali Soozandeh
d. Ali Soozandeh, Germany, 2017
Recommended for ages 17+

Tropical Virus
World Premiere
Saturday, October 21st at 7:00PM
Followed by Q&A with director Santiago Caicedo
d. Santiago Caicedo, Colombia, 2017
Recommended for ages 14+

Zombillenium
North American Premiere
Saturday, October 21st at 4:15PM
Followed by Q&A with director Alexis Ducord
d. Arthur de Pins & Alexis Ducord, France, 2017
Recommended for ages 8+

AIF SPECIAL SCREENINGS AND EVENTS

OUTLANDISH LANDS: SURREAL STUDIO SHORTS FROM THE 1930s
Saturday, October 21st at 11:00AM
Various Directors, USA, 75 min
Recommended for ages 8+

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 80th Anniversary Screening
Saturday, October 21st at 11:00AM
d. David Hand, USA, 1937
Recommended for ages 5+

Mind Game
Saturday, October 21st at 9:30PM
d. Masaaki Yuasa, Japan, 2004
Recommended for ages 17+

Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles plus a sneak peek of the upcoming Coco
Sunday, October 22nd at 11:00AM
Followed by Q&A with Producer John Walker
d. Brad Bird, USA, 2004
Recommended for ages 5+

The Lego Batman Movie
Sunday, October 22nd at 2:15PM
Followed by Q&A with Filmmakers
d. Chris McKay, USA, 2017
Recommended for ages 5+

VR FLICKER LOUNGE
Saturday & Sunday, October 21st & 22nd from 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Various titles including the LA premieres of the latest Google Spotlights Stories, Jorge Gutierrez’s Son of Jaguar and Scot Stafford and Chromosphere’s Sonaria
Programmed and presented by Animation is Film and Google Spotlight Stories
Recommended for all ages

Leave your thoughts on the Animation Is Film Festival 2017 Film Lineup below in the comments section. For more film festival news coverage, photos, videos, and information, visit our Film Festival Page. The Animation Is Film Festival will be held from October 20-22, 2017 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood, California. Want up-to-the-minute notifications? FilmBook staff members publish articles by Email, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and Facebook. This film festival was brought to our attention by Deadline.

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