The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) recently revealed further installments to their 2022 Animation First Festival. FIAF, too, publicized that the animation festival will showcase a virtual programming of the animated film AN AMERICAN TAIL by esteemed filmmaker Don Bluth, with the US debut of the TV special THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS, revitalizing one of the earliest novel series of France.
The French animation festival commemorates its fifth anniversary in 2022. This year’s event showcases two programs: in person from February 11-13, and virtually from February 14-21.
- Online screening of AN AMERICAN TAIL by Don Bluth
- US debut of THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS by Véronique Puybaret and Matthieu Dubois and LIBERATED!
- International Residency for Animated Films at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud series of shorts
- WONDERFUL WACKY WOLVED, six-part animated sequence
- Women in Animation panel, including artist/ producer Claire Matz, designer/ stop-motion artist, Taili Wu and animator, artist and graphic novelist Angela Devito
- Augmented Reality in Social Media & Metaverse – an online class x seminar in partnership with New York Institute of Technology
Past Announced Showcases:
- 28 US and 23 NY debuts of feature-length and short films such as MY SUNNY MAAD, PRINCESS DRAGON and ARCHIPELAGO
- Guest of Honor Florence Miailhe commences the festival with the NY debut of THE CROSSING
- Discussion on the impact of Disney on French animation, featuring a screening of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
- Works in Progress of long-awaited films with Benjamin Massoubre, Alain Ughetto and more
- Shorts programs – involving Best of Annecy International Film Festival and New French Shorts
- 2nd Annual Student Short Film Competition
- Online programming consisting of feature films, shorts, Work in Progresses and a distinctive panel on Women in Animation
About Animation First
Serving as the single film festival in the United States that honors French animation, Animation First reviews the impacts of animation film. France serves as Europe’s leading curator and the world’s second runner up producer of animated film. The event aims to educate film lovers on the rich history of animation in France.