The Animated World: Solitude and Resilience at Annecy

The Animated World: Solitude and Resilience at Annecy
Above: The World WithinSince the pandemic took shape as a global force a year and a half ago, film festivals everywhere have struggled to adjust and find a way forward while continuing to support film culture and traditions of exhibition. The Annecy International Animation Film Festival is no exception. While the 2020 festival was completely online, the 2021 version was hybrid. This sounded promising at first, but ultimately provided fewer options for those who could not make their way to France. The hybrid experience, with its fracturing of movie publics, is even more fragmented, with feature films unavailable online. This disappointing feeling of one step forward and two steps back accurately reflects the current experience of the pandemic: the ambiguous middle-ground is proving to be more chaotic and confusing. As poet Tanya Davis puts it in the delightful film How to Be at Home: “If you are, at first, really fucking anxious,
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