Animation is Film: This New LA Animation Festival is on a Mission

Eric Beckman, founder of animated film distributor GKIDS, has had quite the year.

This past June, the long-time theatrical distributor of the Studio Ghibli slate launched Studio Ghibli Fest 2017, a series of six Miyazaki-helmed films including Spirited Away and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, in cooperation with Fathom Events. GKIDS also obtained the home video rights to six Studio Ghibli films for a Blu-ray and DVD re-release earlier this month. On the streaming front, the company just released nine films, including Oscar nominees Boy and the World and My Life as a Zucchini, for viewing on Netflix. Not to mention their film The Breadwinner premiered to critical acclaim at TIFF in September.

Now, as if all that weren’t enough, this weekend sees the inaugural iteration of the GKIDS-Annecy-Variety collab Animation Is Film in LA. We caught up with Beckman to pick his brain on his vision for the festival and the future of the form.

Read the whole article at MovieMaker.

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