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25 April takes Annecy slot

Leanne Pooley’s 25 April, which has been having special screenings ahead of its general release tomorrow (Thursday), has been named in the feature competition of the world’s #1 animation festival, Annecy.

The film is part of a nine-strong line-up including one other documentary, Penny Lane’s US title, Nuts!.

Opening here this week, Leanne Pooley’s 25 April

Also in the competition line-up is Yeon Sang-ho’s previously-announced Seoul Station, already a winner at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Yeon’s sequel to the film, Train to Busan, is one of three titles getting a Midnight Screening at next month’s Cannes. In Annecy Seoul Station joined by Sung-gang Lee’s out-of-competition title Kai as the festival presents a focus on Korean animation.

11 features will play out of competition, including Turkish title Bad Cat, from Mehmet Kurtulus and Ayse Unal. Among the film’s producers is Australian Michael Favelle, who’s selling the film through his Odin’s Eye Entertainment.

Mehmet Kurtulus & Ayse Unal's Bad Cat

Mehmet Kurtulus & Ayse Unal’s Bad Cat

The Annecy International Animated Film Festival runs 13 – 18 June.

The Annecy competition line-up is:
25 April by Leanne Pooley and Matthew Metcalfe (New Zealand)
Snowtime! (Aka: Cleo) by Jean-François Pouliot and François Brisson (Canada)
La Jeune Fille sans mains by Sébastien Laudenbach (France)
My Life as a Courgette by Claude Barras (Switzerland, France)
Nuts! by Penny Lane (USA)
Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children by Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vazquez (Spain)
Seoul Station by Yeon Sang-ho (South Korea)
Sheep and Wolves by Maxim Volkov (Russia)
Window Horses by Ann Marie Fleming (Canada)

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