French animation films come to House Samyan

A selection of 12 animation movies from France will be screened during the "Beyond Animation Film Festival", which kicks off today and runs until Oct 1. The venues are House Samyan of Samyan Mitrtown on Rama IV Road and Alliance Francaise Bangkok on Witthayu Road.

Where Is Anne Frank. (Photos courtesy of Embassy of France)

A collaboration between the Embassy of France and the Thai Animation and Computer Graphics Association (Tacga), the three-week programme is the second edition of the former Franco-Thai Animation Film Festival, held with the aim to show what lies beyond our stereotypes of animation.

Suitable for all audiences, the 12 movies cover coming-of-age films, historical dramas, philosophical tales, and contemporary satire. They are presented in various formats -- 2D, 3D, AR, VR, NFTs and comics.

The festival will open with the screening of Calamity, A Childhood Of Martha Jane Cannary, at House Samyan today at 7pm.

The other 11 movies in the line-up are Where Is Anne Frank, Icarus, Josep, Pil's Adventures, My Sunny Maad, The Crossing, Princess Dragon, The Painting, The Famous Bears' Invasion, The Prince's Voyage and The Fantastic Planet.

Featured as part of the festival will be a question and answer session by Aurel, screenwriter of Josep, who will talk about his movie and animation at large. It will take place after the screening of Josep at Alliance Francaise Bangkok on Sept 28 at 7pm and at House Samyan on Sept 29 at 6.55pm.

Pil's Adventures. (Photo: Embassy of France)

The festival will wrap up with a panel discussion on "The Role Of NFT In The Art World", which will be held at Alliance Francaise on Oct 1 at 4.30pm. It's open to the general public.

Besides Bangkok, the festival will also take place in six other provinces -- Sept 23-25 in Ayutthaya; Sept 24-25 in Phayao; Sept 24-Oct 1 in Chiang Rai; Sept 25-Oct 1 in Songkhla; Sept 30-Oct 9 in Chiang Mai; and Oct 20-23 in Lop Buri.

Most of the movies are in French with both English and Thai subtitles. Where Is Anne Frank is in English with Thai subtitles while My Sunny Maad is in Czech with English and Thai subtitles.

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