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‘Checkered Ninja’

Anders Matthesen and Thorbjørn Christoffersen’s Checkered Ninja, which has taken the Danish box office by storm, will be one of eight features showcased in the Annecy Festival’s new-look Features competition section for animated films later this year (June 10-15). 

The Features line-up also includes three titles from Japan – Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave, Yuhei Sakuragi’s The Relative Worlds and Keiichi Hara’s The Wonderland.

Annecy has also introduced a parallel competition called Contrechamp, ’for the most unique feature films, as well as those that create more challenges vis-à-vis the audience’, said the festival.

The eight animated films in the section include Sung-yoon Oh and Chun-baek Lee’s Underdog, which opened the prestigious Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2018.


  • Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles, Salvador Simo – Spain, Netherlands
  • Marona’s Fantastic Tale, Anca Damian – Belgium, France, Romania
  • Checkered Ninja, Anders Matthesen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen – Denmark
  • Ride Your Wave, Masaaki Yuasa – Japan
  • The Bears Famous Invasion, Lorenzo Mattotti – France, Italy
  • The Relative Worlds, Yuhei Sakuragi – Japan
  • The Wonderland, Keiichi Hara – Japan
  • White Snake, Kahong Wong, Ji Zhao – China


  • Away, Gints Zilbalodis – Latvia
  • Children of the Sea, Ayumu Watanabe – Japan
  • Day of the Dead, Carlos Gutiérrez – Mexico
  • Homeless, José Ignacio, Navarro Cox, Jorge Campusano, Santiago O’Ryan – Chile
  • Kung Food, Haipeng Sun – China
  • Underdog, Sung-yoon Oh, Chun-baek Lee – South Korea
  • Ville Neuve, Félix Dufour-Laperrière – Canada
  • Zero Impunity, Nicolas Blies, Stéphane Hueber-Blies, Denis Lambert – France, Luxembourg
  • Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Kristen Wiig join cast of Matt Haig adaptation A Boy Called Christmas