'Animation Is Film' to debut at TCL Chinese Theatre

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The inaugural edition of “Animation Is Film” launches Oct. 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The festival will present a selection of new animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America and North America, with both juried and audience prizes, with filmmakers attending for most screenings. Additionally, the festival will feature studio events, special screenings, short film programs and a VR lounge.

The opening-night films are the North American premiere of Japan’s Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom and the U.S. premiere of The Breadwinner. The event will also host the world premieres of Tropical Virus from Colombia and the English-language version of China’s Big Fish and Begonia; the North American premieres of Tehran Taboo, Zombillenium and the English-language version of Mary and the Witch’s Flower, and the U.S. premieres of The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, Lu Over the Wall and Night Is Short, Walk On Girl.

There will also be a program of “Surreal Studio Shorts from the 1930s,” an 80th-anniversary screening of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and a screening of The LEGO Batman Movie followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

“Animation Is Film” is produced by GKIDS in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Variety and ASIFA-Hollywood, with sponsors Google, Fathom Events, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Cartoon Brew and IndieWire. For tickets and a full schedule of events, visit www.AnimationIsFilm.com.