The Anim’Action Film Festival has been created under the patronage of the French Embassy with UTS (Sydney) and UTS Animation Guild, Alliance Française of Brisbane and Griffith Film School (Brisbane), in partnership with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the support of the Institut Français.

Animation production is in full bloom around the world, and Australia and France have two of the healthiest industries in the world. To feed the constant need in 2D and 3D animators, Sydney and Brisbane have developed a strong education program, in particular through UTS and Griffith University.

The Anim’Action Film Festival celebrates this vivid culture of animation and offers, over three days of screenings and introductions by filmmakers, a showcase of Australian and French works. The Annecy International Film Festival annually rewards the best of the world’s creativity in short and feature films. Anim’action is proud to offer you the best of their selection celebrating the creativity and diversity of animation styles and techniques.

Beyond the animation aficionados, Anim’Action Film Festival is also an opportunity for families to discover a selection of short films for kids and a screening of the family-favourite and Oscar-nominated feature film “Ernest and Celestine”.

The Sydney Edition will be augmented with a Professional Day offered at UTS (Ultimo), with panel discussions with prominent Sydney Animation Studios and government bodies, along with Masterclasses by award-winning Australian Animation Directors Jonathan Daw, Lachlan Pendragon and Isabella Spagnolo, and French Animation Producer Séverine Lathuillière from Naïa Productions.

This first edition of the festival celebrates the love of animation and is to create an annual showcase of the best of Australian and international animation.

Confirmed Line-Up:

Australian Premiere of French Animation Feature Film “Little Nicholas – Happy As Can Be” by Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre

Crystal prize (Best Film) – Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2022

“Le Petit Nicolas… certainly brings tears to your eyes, and even more so with the recent death of Sempé, but the film also sparkles with the complicity and joie de vivre that united its creators. Don’t wait to be happy: run to discover it!” Magazine Première

Australian Premiere of French/Italian/Swiss Animation Feature Film “Dogs and Italians Not Allowed” by Alain Ughetto.

Grand Prix du Jury (Special mention) – Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2022

Australian Premiere “Adama” with a special introduction by Producer Séverine Lathuillière.

André-Martin Award – Annecy International Animation Film Festival

“The images that emerge from the astonishing technical mix that underpins “Adama” give it a vigour and modernity worthy of the greatest war films and the most vibrant calls for peace.” Le Monde

Family Time: Oscar- nominated “Ernest and Celestine” by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner (2012)

Best Animated Feature –César Awards 2012

“The magic and grace of the handmade drawing, combined with the intelligence and humour of the script make this French animated film a pure wonder.” Télérama

Australian Premiere of Korean movie “A flame that lives on” by CHUN TAE-IL

Contrechamp Jury Distinction Selection Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2022

Australian Premiere of Brazilian Animation Feature Film “Bob Spit: We Do Not Like People” by Cesar Cabral.

Best Original Music Award – Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2020

Australian Short Film “Tangki – Donkey’, with a special introduction by Director Jonathan Daw.

Yoram Gross Award for Best Animation – 2022 Sydney Film Festival

Official selection – Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2022

Australian Short Film “An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It” with an introduction by director Lachlan Pendragon.

Gold medal – Student Academy Awards by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) 2022

Selection – Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2022

Best Graduation Short – Melbourne International Film Festival

4 Short Films collections, curated by the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2022:

  • Best of Kids Short Films – for the whole family
  • Best of 2022 – the very best of the Annecy 2022 selection
  • Focus on Female Directors – emerging female talents from around the world
  • WTF! – be surprised, definitely not suitable for children