Ethel and Ernest and Animation UK at Annecy 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.

Ethel and Ernest in Slovakia

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ETHEL & ERNEST has been invited to screen at the 25th edition of International Film Festival ART FILM FEST  Košice which will take place from June 16th – 24th, 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia.  It will be shown with Slovak subtitles

The Artfilm Film Festival was first held in 1993, the year the Slovak Republic was established. It is the longest continuously running international film festival in Slovakia. While 1993’s Artfilm was attended by a modest 300 viewers, by 2009 attendance levels had reached 25,000 film fans, and in recent years this number has approached 30,000.

Ethel and Ernest will be screened on the 23rd and 24th of June.

Ethel and Ernest heading to Long Island in July

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The 22nd Stony Brook Film Festival will be showing Ethel and Ernest in July. The festival is held at Stony Brook University, the State University of New York. The producer of Ethel and Ernest, Camilla Deakin from Lupus Films, will be introducing the film at the festival.

Ethel and Ernest will be one of 36 films that were chosen out of over 2,000 entries for this year’s festival. The Stony Brook Film Festival is a sought-after venue for filmmakers, sales agents, and distributors from around the world, who enjoy having their films shown on one of the region’s largest screens to audiences of up to 1,000 viewers.

“The festival’s recent turn toward international films will continue with screenings of “The King’s Choice,” a Norwegian drama set during the Nazi occupation of Oslo; the Finnish coming-of-age story “Little Wing,” about a 12-year-old girl searching for the father she has never met; and “Ethel & Ernest,” a British animated film based on Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel about his parents’ relationship from the 1920s through the 1970s.”Rafer Guzman, Newsday.

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“The story is not the only appealing aspect here; this beautifully animated film is also visually captivating.” – Long Island Pulse Magazine

Animation director Peter Dodd gives a talk on animating Ethel and Ernest at Animex 2017.

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Experts who have worked on best-selling computer games and hit animated films will share their experiences with enthusiasts and industry professionals from across the globe at this year’s Animex Festival.

Animex takes place at Teesside University in Middlesbrough over five days, from Monday 22 May to Friday 26 May. Among the speakers will be Ethel and Ernest animation director Peter Dodd, on the 22nd May at 11am.

Below: Peter Dodd with Raymond Briggs at Raymond’s Sussex home, and working on Ethel and Ernest at Lupus films’ north London studio (2016).

Ethel and Ernest in Turkey

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Ethel and Ernest is showing this week in Turkey as part of the Eskisehir Film Festival. Held at the Anadolu University the festival is now in its 19th year.

(screening times, 12th May at 15:00 hrs, and 13th May at 12:00 hrs)

Two other animated feature films are being shown at the festival. Michael Dudok de Wit’s ‘The Red Turtle’, and ‘Window Horses’ directed by Ann Marie Fleming.

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Ethel and Ernest are going to Seattle

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Ethel and Ernest has been selected for the Seattle International Film Festival (May 18th to June 11th).


SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States, and will be presentimg more than 450 films from 90 countries. Feature films, documentaries and short films are shown to an audience of over 150,000 each year. Now in its 43rd year SIFF is consistently ranked as one of the top festivals in North America.
Ethel & Ernest will have two screenings in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the festival. They will be on Friday May 19th at 13:30 in the Pacific Place Cinemas
and on Sunday May 21st at 12:00 PM in the SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater.
Seattle International Film Festival

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 .

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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:


  • 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)

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