Ethel and Ernest selected for Annecy International Animated Film Festival

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‘Ethel and Ernest’ is heading to France and the world’s premier animated film festival. The film has been selected for this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival (12th to 17th June) and will be shown in competition with nine other films in the Animated Feature Film category.

Annecy Official Selection

The festival received a record 2,850 films (short and feature films, TV and commissioned films and graduation films), and from those more than 200 films have been shortlisted to take part in the official selections.

The Annecy festival is held in a stunning location surrounded by the French Alps. It was a favourite haunt of the late producer John Coates, who got the ball rolling on Ethel and Ernest back in 2007. At that year’s festival John celebrated 50 years at the helm of the TVC animation studio by throwing a memorable party for colleagues and friends at a hotel in Talloires, on the shore of Lake Annecy.  The TVC studio made the film adaptations of Raymond Briggs’ books ‘The Snowman’, ‘Father Christmas’, ‘The Bear’ and ‘When the Wind Blows’. For more on John please see https://ethelandernestmovie.wordpress.com/john-coates-1927-2012/ .

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John Coates with his sister, Academy Award winning film editor Anne V Coates, at the Annecy International Film Festival in 2007. ( photo:Loraine Marshall )

Annecy 2017 line-up:

FEATURE FILMS IN COMPETITION

  • In This Corner of the World, Sunao Katabuchi (Japan)
  • Ethel and Ernest, Roger Mainwood (UK)
  • Big Fish & Begonia, Xuan Liang, Chun Zhang (China)
  • Have a Nice Day, Jian Liu (China)
  • Loving Vincent, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman (Poland, UK)
  • A Silent Voice, Naoko Yamada (Japan)
  • Lu Over the Wall, Masaaki Yuasa (Japan)
  • Zombillenium, Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord (Belgium, France)
  • Animal Crackers, Tony Bancroft, Scott Christian Sava, Jaime Maestro (US)
  • Tehran Taboo, Ali Soozandeh (Germany)

Ethel and Ernest in Azerbaijan

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The next stop on Ethel and Ernest’s world tour is in Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku.

Nizami Cinema Centre_Baku

Ethel and Ernest will be shown at the Nizami Cinema Centre in Baku as part of the British Film Spring festival organised by The British Council.

The Third British Film Spring – organised in cooperation with the British Embassy Azerbaijan and Nizami Cinema Centre – will bring the best and brightest new UK films to an Azerbaijan audience between 28 April and 4 May 2017

The film will be shown with Russian subtitles.

http://film.britishcouncil.org/calendar/2017-current/british-film-spring

Ethel and Ernest win at Cartoons on the Bay, Turin.

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The winners of the Cartoons on the Bay animated film festival 2017 have been announced. This is the first year that animated feature films have been in competition.

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The Italian/French co-production  Iqbal: bambini senza paura won the category.

Ethel and Ernest won Best Animation and Best Score in the category.

The Japanese film Your Name won Best Screenplay.

http://www.afnews.info/wordpress/2017/04/09/cartoons-on-the-bay-ecco-chi-ha-vinto/

More festival appearances for Ethel and Ernest

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Ethel and Ernest will be featured in these upcoming festivals:

Cartoons on the Bay, Turin, Italy. 6 th – 8 th April 2017. Ethel and Ernest is in the category for Best Animated Feature Film 2017.http://www.cartoonsbay.rai.it/en/movie-category/best-animated-feature-film-2017-en/

The Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival: April 13 – 29Ethel & Ernest  page is here  http://bit.ly/2nPSYSR . MSPIFF is Minnesota’s largest film event and one of the longest running film festivals in the country. Each year, the festival presents more than 350 bold, exciting, and moving works from new and veteran filmmakers from around the globe.

Trebon, Czech Republic: 2nd to 7th May 2017. “Ethel and Ernest” will be screened in the official competition of the International Festival of Animated Films ANIFILM.  http://www.anifilm.cz/en/festival/films-in-competition/#list1

Stuttgart Festival of Animated Films: 2nd to 7th May 2017. http://www.itfs.de/event/animovie-1-ethel-ernest-3/

Ethel and Ernest award at the Meknès International Animated Film Festival

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Ethel and Ernest has won the best feature film prize at the International Animated Film Festival held at Meknès in Morocco.

Co-producer of the film, Stéphan Roelants from Melusine productions in Luxembourg, was at the festival to accept the award.

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Producer Stéphan Roelants at the Meknès International Animated Film Festival, March 2017

There were five feature films in the category. The other four films in competition were Bill Plympton’s Revengeance (2016)The Red Turtle (2016), Window Horses (2016) by Canadian Ann Marie Fleming, and African Tales by Djilali Beskri.

Le jury de cette manifestation, organisée en partenariat avec la Fondation Aïcha, a décerné le prix du meilleur long-métrage au réalisateur anglais Roger Mainwood pour son film “Ethel et Ernest”.

https://www.medias24.com/map/map-22591-Le-film-coreen-The-Empty-remporte-le-Grand-prix-du-FICAM.html

To mark World Book Day Raymond Briggs appears on BBC Newsnight

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Today, March 2nd, is World Book Day and to mark the occasion Raymond Briggs reflects on some of his most famous creations, The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman, and Ethel and Ernest. There is also a rare glimpse of the book he has been working on for a number of years called ‘Time For Lights Out’.

Behind the scenes of Ethel and Ernest

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Interviews with cast members Brenda Blethyn (Ethel), Jim Broadbent (Ernest), Luke Treadaway (adult Raymond Briggs), Harry Collett (young Raymond Briggs)

An in depth interview with composer and conductor Carl Davis. Information about Carl’s music as featured on the Ethel and Ernest Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD is here.

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