FIAF Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York City, NY 10022
January 23 - January 28, 2024
Back for a seventh, longer edition with the support of Villa Albertine, Animation First is the only festival in the U.S. dedicated to showcasing the enduring legacy and trailblazing innovation of French and Francophone animation.
FIAF is thrilled to celebrate the seventh edition of its popular Animation First Festival, which has expanded this year from a three-day to a six-day festival due to increased popularity, running from Tuesday, January 23 through Sunday, January 28. Animation First is the only festival in the U.S. dedicated to showcasing the enduring legacy and trailblazing innovation of French and Francophone animation.
This year, the festival presents seven feature-length films (including three U.S. and three New York premieres), six short film programs, filmmaker talks, a first look presentation, virtual reality experiences, its annual Student Short Film Competition, and more. New for 2024 will be the premiere of an inaugural limited-edition Animation First series poster illustrated by artist Peter de Sève (available for sale at Posteritati and during the festival), an Animation Speak/Easy night, a juried competition of the new Francophone shorts programs, and a special focus on animated cinema from Quebec. With films for adults, teens, and kids, the festival is crafted to engage and entertain guests of various ages!
As part of the VR section, Villa Albertine is excited to copresent with FIAF and French in Motion a panel discussion on immersive storytelling.
“Want to step into the future? And explore the cutting-edge intersections reshaping artistic creation, narratives, and technology? Join us for a captivating conversation panel “Confluence of creativity” featuring Eric Shiner (President of Powerhouse Arts), Jazia Hammoudi (Director of Program at Onassis ONX), Riki Kim (Executive Creative Director at Artechouse) and our moderator, James Pallot (Executive Producer at Sensorium).“
View the complete festival program. Films are in French with English subtitles unless otherwise noted, and talks in English.
French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
FIAF is the home of francophone cultures and French language: a beacon from New York to the world.
This year, we mark an incredible milestone: the 125th anniversary of the Alliance Française de New York, which in 1898 became the foundation for the French Institute Alliance Française that we love today. Throughout the year, we will be celebrating this important moment in our history—which also coincides with the 140th anniversary of the Fondation des Alliances Françaises.
As an independent, not-for-profit organization, FIAF is committed to providing our audience and students with engaging French language classes and audacious multi-disciplinary programming that celebrates the diversity of francophone cultures and creativity around the world.