Animation is the film festival this weekend

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The fifth annual Animation Is Film festival will be held October 21-23 and 29 at the TCL Chinese Theater, 6925 Hollywood Blvd. (in Highland) in Hollywood.

Enjoy preview screenings, Q&As with filmmakers and more during one of animation’s biggest weekends. The schedule is as follows:

Friday October 21

6 p.m.: Shorts #1. Free event.

7 p.m.: “Wendell & Wild” (USA, 2022), directed by Henry Selick. American premiere. Q&A from the filmmaker. Rush tickets available.

8 p.m.: “Gold Kingdom and Water Kingdom” (Japan), directed by Kotono Watanabe. World premiere. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Saturday October 22

11 a.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Strange World” by Disney (USA, 2022). Behind the scenes, questions and answers from the filmmaker.

11:45 am: “Oni: Thunder God’s Tale” (USA/Japan, 2022), directed by Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi. World premiere. Q&A from the filmmaker.

1 p.m.: Work in progress: “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”, directed by Joel Crawford. Behind the scenes, questions and answers from the filmmaker.

3:30 p.m.: “My Father’s Dragon” (Ireland/France, 2022), directed by Nora Twomey. North American premiere. Q&A from the filmmaker.

3:30 p.m.: “Turning Red” (USA, 2022), directed by Domee Shi. Q&A from the filmmaker.

6:30 p.m.: “One Piece Film Red” (Japan, 2022), directed by Goro Taniguchi. Rush tickets available.

6:45 p.m.: Short films #2: Student Showcase. Free event.

8:30 p.m.: “Summer Ghost” (Japan, 2021), directed by Loundraw. Q&A from the filmmaker.

9:30 p.m.: “New Gods: Yang Jian” (China, 2022), directed by Ji Zhao.

Sunday October 23

11 a.m.: “Luck” (USA/Spain, 2022), directed by Peggy Holmes. Q&A from the filmmaker.

11 a.m.: “Oink” (Netherlands, 2022), directed by Mascha Halberstad. Q&A from the filmmaker.

1:30 p.m.: “Titina” (Norway/Belgium, 2022), directed by Kajsa Næss. World premiere. Q&A from the filmmaker.

1:30 p.m.: “Perlimps” (Brazil, 2022), directed by Alê Abreu. First on the west coast. Q&A from the filmmaker.

4 p.m.: “Le Petit Nicolas” (France/Luxembourg, 2022), directed by Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre. American premiere.

4 p.m.: Short films #3: Annecy/Les Femmes de l’Animation.

6:30 p.m.: “Aurora’s Sunrise” (Armenia/Germany/Lithuania, 2022), directed by Inna Sahakyan. North American premiere. Q&A from the filmmaker.

6:30 p.m.: “Unicorn Wars” (Spain/France, 2022), directed by Alberto Vázquez. First on the west coast. Q&A from the filmmaker.

9 p.m.: “Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama” (Japan, 1993), directed by Ram Mohan, Yugo Sako and Koichi Saski.

Note: The October 29 preview of “Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro” (US, 2022) is sold out.

Ticket office and info: https://animationisfilm.com/

Founded in 2017, AIF celebrates animated films from around the world, embracing the medium’s highest aspirations as an artistic cinematic art form on par with live action. AIF fills a gap in the US market with a world-class animation festival set on par with major events in Europe and Asia, and based in the animation capital of the world – Los Angeles.

Embracing the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form akin to live action, the festival is an international advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of artistic expression of the medium. AIF is produced by GKIDS in partnership with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Major industry and media sponsors include: ASIFA-Hollywood, Cartoon Network, ELMA, Fathom Events, Laika, Netflix, Paramount Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, Shout! Factory, Sony Pictures Animation, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Warner Animation Group and Warner Bros. Animation.

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