Latvian animators make their mark in Annecy

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Latvian animators are busy participating at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019 in France from June 11-14  - with the feature film ‘Away’ (directed by Gints Zilbalodis) part of the Contrechamp competition program and a MIFA Animated Baltics stand, according to a release from the National Film Centre of Latvia .

Away is a story about a young boy stranded on his own, trying to survive in a mysterious land while pursued by a dark spirit, and was made entirely by Zilbalodis over more than three years. The young director has even attracted the attention of movie industry bible Variety thanks to his impressive feat.

Animated film 'Away'
Animated film 'Away'

Sales rights for the film have already been picked up by Cinema Management Group (CMG), who did several ‘Away” market screenings in Cannes and closed several sales prior to the Annecy premiere, including Front Row Filmed Entertainment for the Middle East and Film4You for Poland.

This year all three Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) have joined creative forces and will represent the whole region under the umbrella of the ANIMATED BALTICS stand. Latvian representatives include the director of the Latvian Animation Association Anna Zača, animation expert Ieva Viese-Vigula, Eva Erdmane-Durandina from the National Film Centre of Latvia as well as the animation artists Gints Zilbalodis and Kārlis Vītols.

You can find our more about Latvian Animation at this dedicated website.  

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