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Animation Cinema Fest

French animation films are starring once again this October!

The Animation Cinema Festival is returning from 12 to 30 October 2022 with a series of screenings to celebrate the best of French animation productions. The event is held each year to mark the International Animation Day, celebrated on 28 October and paying tribute to Émile Reynaud, pioneer of motion picture film and in commemoration of his first public exhibition of cartoon animations, at the Musée Grévin in Paris on 28 October 1892.

28 October : International Animation Day

The French animation cinema is renowned for producing high quality films, positioning France as the leading producer of animated films in Europe and in third place worldwide. The Animation Cinema Festival travels the world throughout cultural and educational partners who contribute to make it an annual highlight and work to bring the French animation cinema closer to a dedicated audience.

Programmation 2022

The Alliance Françaises of New Zealand are participating for the second year running with a programme of children animation movies made available to the network by the Institut français.

Please visit the website of your local Alliance for more information and screenings schedule :

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert (2017) Classified G Available in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Dunedin

Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it’s a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place.

Calamity by Rémi Chayet (2020) Classified PG - violence Available in Palmerston North, Christchurch and Dunedin

1863, United States of America. Martha Jane’s father is injured in a convoy heading west with the hope of a better life. She must drive the family wagon and care for the horses. The apprenticeship is hard, but Martha Jane has never felt so free. And because it’s more convenient to ride, she doesn’t hesitate to put on pants. It is the audacity of too much for Abraham, the leader of the convoy. Accused of theft, Martha is forced to flee. Dressed as a boy, looking for proof of her innocence, she discovers a world under construction where her unique personality will assert itself.

Little Vampire by Joann Sfar (2020) Classified PG - violence Available in Auckland, Palmerston North and Dunedin

Little Vampire lives in a haunted house with a merry band of monsters, but he’s terribly bored... It’s been 300 years since he was 10 years old, so pirate ships and the movie club haven’t been fun for him for a long time. His dream? To go to school and make friends. But his parents don’t see it that way, the outside world is far too dangerous. Accompanied by Fantomate, his faithful bulldog, Little Vampire escapes from the manor in secret, determined to meet other children.

Fantastic Planet by René Laloux (1973) Classified M - violence & nudity Available in Palmerston North

Fantastic Planet tells the story of the war between the Oms and the alien Draags, taking place on a strange and colourful planet. With Topor’s drawings and Goraguer’s music, this psychedelic pop-fable is an allegory of civilisation and barbarism.

The Crossing by Florence Miailhe (2021) Classified M - violence & nudity Available in Palmerston North

A small village looted in darkness, a family forced to flee... The two oldest children, Kyona and Adriel are quickly separated from their parents facing the road of exile alone. They embark on a heroic journey which takes them from childhood to adolescence in search of shelter, peace and the hope of finding refuge and their family. Crossing a continent torn apart by war and migrant persecution, these courageous siblings survive incredible challenges, before reaching a new world, free at last.

Stinky Dog by Davy Durand, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier (2020) Classified G Available in Palmerston North, Wellington and Dunedin

Once upon a time, there was a naive and passionate Parisian dog named Chien Pourri [Stinky Dog]. With Chaplapla, his faithful alley companion, Chien Pourri roams the streets of Paris with his nose to the wind. No matter what disasters he causes, Chien Pourri always lands on his feet! So much so that the other dogs start to find it suspicious... The crazy adventure of Chien Pourri and his friends to make discover the poetry of Paris to the little ones!

These films are in French with English subtitles.


The Animation Cinema Festival, created by AFCA, takes place every year simultaneously in France and in the French cultural network overseas via the Institut français and the Alliances Françaises.


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