1. GKIDS releases April and the Extraordinary World in the USA
GKIDS announced the date for theatrical release of April and the Extraordinary World in the USA. It starts from 25 March in New York City. April and the Extraordinary World is a French-Belgian-Canadian co-production directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci. The story is set in the year of 1941 where France asleep in the nineteenth century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. April, a teenage girl, goes in search of her missing scientist parents. The film is inspired by comic artist Jacques Tardi’s visual universe and won the Cristal award for a Feature Film at the 39th Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
2. A pilot film for Urbance is available for public
Steambot released a pilot film Urbance for everyone to view. The Urbance pilot was green-lighted for production in January 2015 after their successful Kickstarter campaign. The pilot was produced among Canada, Japan and France, and ended in September 2015. Up until now, the screening was restricted to Kickstarter supporters and festivals only, but now the pilot is accessible for free to everyone.
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3. Look forward to our Cartoon Movie special
The 18th edition of Cartoon Movie was successfully held from 2 to 4 March 2016. As previously we reported, 56 projects were selected for presentation and more than 750 animated feature film producers, investors, distributors, and sales agents from Europe got together. We’ll begin publishing our articles covering Cartoon Movie in the coming weeks on our special page dedicated to Cartoon Movie. Please look out for it.