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Animation First Festival 2020 at FIAF

"Marona’s Fantastic Tale" by Anca Damian

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) presents the 2020 Animation First Festival, showcasing the vast history, enduring ingenuity, and diversity of France’s renowned animation studios and schools. Benefitting from a burgeoning animation field poised to enter a historic awards season, this year’s schedule includes 15 premieres, award-winning features and shorts, immersive exhibits, virtual reality and video game demonstrations, insightful panels with filmmakers, and more.

This year’s guest of honor is Jean-François Laguionie, one of the most important contemporary French animation filmmakers.Other special guests include Benjamin Massoubre (editor of I Lost My Body),  Anaca Damian, and more. The festival presents the New York premiere of Anca Damian's Marona's Fantastic Tale and the US premiere of Lorenzo Mattotti's The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily, Jean-François Laguionie's The Prince's Voyage. 

Animation First runs from Friday, February 7 to Sunday, February 9

Watch the trailer here.

Friday February 7 - Opening Night

The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily (US Premiere)
Dir. Lorenzo Mattotti, 2019, 82 min.
Introduction by Mattotti & post-screening reception
7pm | FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Best of Annecy Shorts 
72 min | Short Film Program
9:45pm | FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Saturday February 8

I Lost My Body (Free Screening)
Dir. Jérémy Clapin, 2019, 81 min. 
In French with English subtitles
Followed by a behind-the-scenes presentation by the film’s editor, Benjamin Massoubre.
11am | FIAF Le Skyroom

The Prince’s Voyage (US Premiere)
Dir. Jean-François Laguionie & Xavier Picard, 2019, 77 min. 
In French with English subtitles
Introduction by Laguionie
1:45pm | FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Louise by the Shore
Dir. Jean-François Laguionie, 2016, 75 min. 
In French with English subtitles
Introduction by Laguionie
5:30pm | FIAF Florence Gould Hall

The Swallows of Kabul
Dir. Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, 2019, 81 min. 
In French with English subtitles
7:30pm | FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Behind the Scenes: I Lost My Body
12:30pm | FIAF Le Skyroom

Discussion: Jean-François Laguionie
3:45pm | 
FIAF Le Skyroom

Work-in-Progress: Brazen (Les Culottées)
5:30pm | 
FIAF Le Skyroom

Sunday February 9

Marona’s Fantastic Tale (NY Premiere)
Dir. Anca Damian, 2019, 92 min. 
Post-screening Q&A with Damian
In French with English subtitles
1pm | FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Gwen, the Book of Sand
Dir. Jean-François Laguionie, 1985, 67 min. 
Introduction by Laguionie
In French with English subtitles
3:45pm | FIAF Florence Gould Hall

The Imaginary World of Jean-François Laguionie
Introduction by Jean-François Laguionie, 80 min.
Short Film Program
5:30pm | FIAF Florence Gould Hall

César-Nominated Shorts (Closing-Night Program)
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Work-in-Progress: Mars Express

FIAF Le Skyroom

Discussion: Lorenzo Mattotti with Françoise Mouly

FIAF Le Skyroom

Discussion: Women in Animation

FIAF Le Skyroom


Video Games and Virtual Reality
Friday, February 7 to Sunday, February 9, 11am–6pm

FIAF Gallery

Animation First Around Town

The Painting  
Dir. Emmanuel Blanchard, 2018, 100 min.
In French with English subtitles
Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30pm
Lycée Français de New York

Notre Dame de Paris, The Age of Builders
Dir. Anca Damian, 2019, 92 min. 
Post-screening Q&A with Blanchard and General Manager of SolidAnim Jean-François Szlapka
In English 
Monday, February 10 at 7pm
New York Institute of Technology Auditorium on Broadway

More information about the festival available here.