The Annecy International Animation Festival is over for another year. Ethel and Ernest was one of nine feature length films in competition. The main presentation of our film was on the first night of the festival and it received a very warm reaction from the festival audience.

Fifteen producers from Animation UK were at Annecy to fly the flag for British animation at MIFA, the event that runs alongside the main festival. The UK stand, supported by the Department for International Trade, featured Ethel and Ernest as a backdrop.

Camilla with Eugene Kim from Bucheon Film Festival South Korea at Annecy 2017

Lupus Films’ Camilla Deakin, the producer of Ethel and Ernest, at the Animation UK stand. She is pictured with Eugene Kim from the Bucheon Animated Film Festival which is held in South Korea in October.

Some reviews of Ethel and Ernest after the first of six showings at the festival:

“An animated hug. So much kindness, love and tenderness emanate from this film, that it becomes impossible not to live it fully.”L’info Tout Court

“…what Ken Loach could have done if he could draw.” Telerama France

“Ethel and Ernest are alive, sensitive without falling into sentimentality. A real tour de force that is worth seeing.”

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The festival audience at Le centre culturel de Bonlieu queue up for the French premiere of Ethel and Ernest.

Press Conference rehearsal

Rehearsing for the Ethel and Ernest press conference. L to R Richard Overall (editor), Roger Mainwood (Director), Camilla Deakin (Producer).

Pascal Gerard at Annecy 2017

Ethel and Ernest co-production partners Studio 352 were at Annecy too. The Luxembourg studio was celebrating its 20th anniversary. Here is Pascal Gerard, head of backgrounds on the Ethel and Ernest film.

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The festival takes place on the shores of Lake Annecy. The perfect venue for the biggest animation festival in the world. This year we had sunshine all week !

The 2017 Annecy Crystal for a Feature Film went to the Japanese film Lu Over the Wall. Reviewed by Japan Times here L’info Tout Court here and by Anime News Network here.