Georgian artist working on first Georgian-French animation
19 May, 2016
Georgian artist working on first Georgian-French animation
Georgian artist and illustrator Ana Chubinidze is working on her animation film called Pocket Man together with Marion Charrier, the representative of the world famous French animation studio "Folimage”. Pocket Man will be the first Georgia-France co-produced animated film.
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Ana Chubinidze

Last year ago Anna Chubinidze’s short cartoon became the winner of the mutual contest announced by the Georgian National Film Centre, the Animation Film Festival "Nikozi” and the Annecy International Animation Film Market (MIFA). As a winner the young
illustrator was fortunate enough to present her project at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. The presentation turned out to be successful and, correspondingly, the project drew attention and interest of a French animation studio "Folimage” and a French premium cable television channel Canal+. As a result, Folimage studio got interested in the demo of Pocket Man and decided to finance and spin Ana’s initial animation film skeleton into existence. At present Georgian animator is working on the film together with her French counterpart –Marion Charrier, who leaves Tbilisi on May 20th.

Pocket Man is about a small man named Edgar who lives in an old suitcase. One day an elderly blind man accidentally crashes into the suitcase, opening it. They quickly become friends, and Edgar soon finds a new home in the blind man’s pocket, becoming his guide.

The short animation is being made on the basis of the film studio "Kvali XXI". The animated film is planned to be completed by December 2016. Until then a fragment of it will be screened at the Animation Film Festival "Nikozi”, that annually takes place in the village of Nikozi in central Georgia. It is noteworthy that Tbilisi Centre for Book Arts plans to publish a book about Pocket Man as well.

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