Annecy fest sets lineup


Organizers of the 2008 Annecy Animation Festival have named the toons set to screen at the event's 32nd edition, which promises to be heavy on Franco-American-Japanese fare when it runs in the French town June 9-14.

Competition titles vying for the festival's Cristal award for best feature include Shinji Aramaki's "Appleseed: Ex Machina" and Masayuki Jokima's "Piano no mori" from Japan; Nina Paley's "Sita Sings the Blues" and Bill Plympton's "Idiots and Angels" from the U.S.; French films Christian Hincker's "Peur(s) du noir ...," Guillaume Ivernel's "Chaus-seurs de dragons" and Olivier Jean-Marie's "Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure"; plus German Hayo Freitag's "Die Drei Rauber" and Adria Garcia's "Nocturna" from Spain.

In all, 1,867 films were submitted, with 284 making it into the official selection and 216 selected for the competition category, which includes nine features, 43 short films, 45 telefilms, 44 advertising spots and 75 student films.