The First Image
by Pierre-Henri Gibert

US Premiere

Friday, January 25–Sunday, January 27, 2019

FIAF Tinker Auditorium

This extract from a documentary series detailing the formative experiences of master filmmakers making their first films captures Michel Ocelot discussing the process behind Kirikou and the Sorceress. The 26-minute clip will loop throughout the weekend.

Erotic Shorts

Friday, January 25, 2019
Opening Night Party at 8:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Sensual, naughty, poetic, and risqué works that celebrate passion, desire, and fantasy through sublimely creative and unconventional filmmaking.

Documentary Shorts

Saturday, January 26, 2019

FIAF Skyroom

This program features student-made documentary shorts from Angouleme-based EMCA school of animation and the prominent CREADOC university program.

Best of Annecy Shorts

Saturday, January 26, 2019

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Enjoy a collection of notable films straight from the 2018 edition of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the biggest animated film festival in the world.

Pinscreen Magic

Saturday, January 26, 2019

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Ages 12+

The pinscreen instrument produces beautiful and lyrical black and white short films. See the early films by pinscreen inventors Alexandre Alexeïeff and Claire Parker, alongside later films by Jacques Drouin, Michèle Lemieux, and Justine Vuylsteker.

Followed by Q&A with filmmakers Alexandre Rockwell and Michèle Lemieux, and from CNC, Jean-Baptiste Garnero and Sophie Le Tétour, .

Late Night Chills

Saturday, January 26, 2019

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

This collection of spooky, imaginative, gripping, and out-of-this-world works expand the science fiction and suspense genres in animation.

Michel Ocelot Selected Shorts

Sunday, January 27, 2019

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

See eclectic shorts selected by Animation First 2019 guest of honor, Michel Ocelot, highlighting films that have nourished his own career as a filmmaker.

Comedy Shorts

Sunday, January 27, 2019

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

See a diverse selection of comedic shorts featuring witty, burlesque, absurd, and darkly humorous works.

César-Nominated Shorts

Sunday, January 27, 2019

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

This special closing night program will celebrate some of the best short animated films from the past year, four shorts in the running for the 2019 César Award for Best Animated Short.