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Preview: 7th French Animation Film Festival (Singapore)

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The annual French Animation Film Festival returns at the end of the month! From May 25th – 27th, head on down to Alliance Francaise for a taste of new French animation, from feature length worlds to lose yourself in to bite-sized shorts showcasing the endless imagination of French animators.

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This year, a total of 7 screenings will be held. Opening the festival on the evening of the 25th will be Zombillénium, where a health and safety inspector is convinced by his young daughter to visit the titular theme park, which turns out to be run by actual monsters. Following the screening, director Alexis Ducord and editor Benjamin Massoubre will be present for a Q&A session.

 

Expect multiple animal-themed films to be making screenings at the festival too; in Les as de la Jungle (The Jungle Bunch), a group of animals, including a penguin raised by a tiger, must join forces to stop the evil Igor the koala and his hench-baboons! Meanwhile, in Drôles de petites bêtes (Tall Tales), a travelling performer cricket arrives at a village of small animals, and must work with his new friends to help find the kidnapped Queen. Also look out for Ernest et Célestine, about a bear and a mouse living in the same house, as winter approaches, while Emilie Jolie features a young girl as she dives into the pages of a magical book to save a rabbit from an evil witch.

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For more mature audiences and fans of Japanese animation, look out for Mutafukaz on 26th May. Created by Guillaume Renard and Japanese animator Shôjirô Nishimi of Studio 4°C, Mutafukaz follows deadbeat Angelino in the megalopolis Dark Meat City, as he starts to experience headaches and hallucinations after a scooter accident and a vision of a mysterious girl, and must find out the truth before he is captured by a mysterious group of men. To close off the entire festival, a series of nine short films will be shown on the evening of 27th May, touching on a number of issues ranging from death to existentialism, to love.

 

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Before each screening, one to two graduation movies from French Schools Emile Cohl and Atelier de Sèvres will also be screened, presented by animation students from Nanyang Polytechnic. Families can also attend a stop motion animation workshop by Weaving Clouds as kids and parents learn how to make their very own stop motion film! With activities and screenings perfect for both little ones and adults, step into Alliance Francaise for one weekend to fully immerse yourself in the endlessly imaginative, and often surprising world of French animation.

The 7th French Animation Film Festival takes place at Alliance Francaise Singapore from 25th to 27th May. For tickets and more information, visit their website here

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