The festival returns in person to Hollywood next month with the West Coast premieres of GKids’ “Belle” and Neon’s “Flee”.

The fourth annual Animation Is Film (AIF) festival returns in person October 22-24 at TCL Chinese 6 in Hollywood, and kicks off opening night with the North American premiere of Netflix’s “Top of the Gods”, the A breathtaking French 2D feature film from director Patrick Imbert (“The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales”), which will feature a question-and-answer session in person.

“Le Sommet des Dieux” (opening November 24 in select theaters and airing November 30) is adapted from the popular manga and is about a Japanese adventure photographer and mountaineer obsessed with finding a legendary mountain climber obsessed with mountain climbing. Mount Everest.

Other highlights include the West Coast premieres of GKids’ “Belle” on October 23 and Neon’s award-winning “Flee” on October 24. Mamoru Hosoda (“Mirai”), who will be doing an in-person question-and-answer session. “Flee” (December 3) is Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated 2D documentary about an Afghan refugee that describes his 20-year survival story.

“After last year’s hiatus due to COVID, the animation and film communities of Los Angeles are clamoring to come together to see these films on the big screen, and we at AIF are extremely proud to present them, “said Matt Kaszanek, director of AIF, in an official statement.

AIF, founded by GKids and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, presents a selection of new animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America and North America, with jury and public prize. This year, AIF has partnered with ASIFA-Hollywood, Cartoon Network, Crunchyroll, Dreamworks, ELMA, Fathom Events, Funimation, Illumination, Laika, Netflix, Paramount Animation, Pixar, Shout! Factory, Sony Pictures Animation, Unifrance, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Warner Animation Group (WAG) and Warner Bros. Animation.

This year, the AIF presents 12 feature films in competition, 20 programs in total with short films and a behind-the-scenes presentation of Disney’s upcoming “Encanto” (November 24), the fantastic musical set in a magical Colombian village, with eight songs by Lin -Manual Miranda, and performed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise Castro Smith.

"To flee"

“To flee”


The AIF will also host the North American premiere of Funimation’s “My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission,” the third feature in the worldwide hit anime franchise, offering a preview ahead of its US theatrical release. October 29.

The festival will also feature Studio on the Big Screen, a list of studio titles that could not be screened in a theatrical setting when released and will be available to audiences for the first time in LA: Pixar’s “Luca” , presented in person by director Enrico Casarosa and producer Andrea Warren; Disney’s action-adventure in Southeast Asia, “Raya and the Last Dragon” from directors Carlos Lopez Estrada and Don Hall; “The Mitchells vs. the Machines ”from Sony Pictures and Netflix, presented in person by producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and co-director Jeff Rowe; and “Vivo,” Miranda’s Sony / Netflix musical presented in person by directors Kirk DeMicco and Brandon Jeffords.

Films in competition include “The Top of the Gods”; “Beautiful”; “To flee”; “The Crossing”, by French director Florence Miailhe, about a family forced to flee their village; GKids’ “The Deer King”, a fantasy epic from Japanese directors Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji; “Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko”, a mother-daughter drama by Japanese director Ayumu Watanabe (“Children of the Sea”); “I Am What I Am,” about an unlikely traditional Chinese lion dance troupe by director Haipeng Sun; “Josep”, on the escape from the Franco dictatorship in France by director Aurel; “Nahuel and the Magic Book”, a fantasy from Chile and Brazil by director German Acuña; GKids’ “Pompo the Cinephile”, a Japanese feature film about filmmaking in Nyallywood by director Takayuki Hirao; “Poupelle of Chimney Town”, a Japanese Halloween fantasy from director Yusuke Hirota, who will participate in a virtual question-and-answer session with screenwriter Akihiro Nishino; and “Where’s Anne Frank,” the gripping 2D drama by Israeli director Ari Folman (“Waltz with Bashir”) about the last days of Frank’s life told from the perspective of Kitty, his imaginary diary friend.

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