Canadian projects to screen in competition at Annecy

The Breadwinner pic
Academy Award-nominated copro The Breadwinner is one of two Canadian features selected for the animation festival.

Canadian animated projects The Breadwinner and Wall have been selected to screen in competition at the 2018 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Annecy, the world’s biggest and longest-running festival dedicated to animation, received 3,080 submissions, a record number, according to the fest.

Produced by Toronto’s Aircraft Pictures, Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon and Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions, the The Breadwinner is an animated feature following a young girl in Afghanistan who disguises herself as a boy to become her family’s primary provider. It was recently nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature, and picked up numerous Canadian Screen Awards.

In addition, the feature-length animated film Wall, written by British playwright Sir David Hare (The Hours) will also screen in the section.

Directed by Canadian filmmaker Cam Christiansen, Wall explores both sides of the wall separating Israel and Palestine. The feature is produced by the NFB’s Bonnie Thompson and David Christensen with Christensen also serving as an exec producer.

The films will screen alongside eight other projects in the festival’s in-competition category, including Okko’s Inn (Japan), Seder-Masochism (U.S.), Tito and the Birds (Brazil) and Funan (Belgium, Cambodia, France, Luxembourg).

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival runs from June 11 to 16.