Films by SVA alumni Panop Koonwat (MFA 2014 Computer Art) and Nai Wei Liu (MFA 2014 Computer Art) have each earned the distinction of “Official Selection” at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Cupidiculous and Something Important, respectively, were selected in the graduation films category and chosen among more than 2,600 entries to this highly prestigious competition.
A humorous story about Cupid’s arrow working its magic on Adam and Eve, Cupidiculous also examines serious contemporary themes like overpopulation and overconsumption as Cupid must reckon with the unforeseen consequences of his actions and fix the problems afflicting earth and humanity.
By contrast, Something Important is Liu’s deeply personal and somber reflection on the loss of a loved one that uses abstract montages to capture the feelings and sensations of memory.
On learning of his film’s official selection at Annecy, Koonwat told SVA Close Up he was honored, humbled and excited about the possibilities that the visibility at a major festival could bring to his film and his newly opened Fuum Studio in Thailand.
Liu called the selection “a dream come true,” and said that without attending SVA he would not have been able to make Something Important because the experience helped him “understand more deeply the value of getting along with other people.”
While both films will be vying for a number of awards at Annecy, Liu remarked that the initial recognition was inspiration enough for him to continue his art: “This little success keeps me going and motivated.”
Located in the picturesque French Alps, Annecy takes place June 15 – 20. An annual celebration of the finest works in animation, Annecy is also a major industry meeting place and showcase of the International Animation Film Market (Mifa) for purchasing, financing, co-producing and distribution of animated films.