Annecy-bound 'Away' finds home at Cinema Management Group (exclusive)

Screen | 4/25/2019 | Jeremy Kay
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Cinema Management Group (CMG) has boarded its latest prestige independent animation, acquiring sales rights to Annecy selection Away by director Gints Zilbalodis ahead of a Cannes market launch.

The film will premiere in Annecy’s new Contrechamp section in June when it will compete for the newly created Contrechamp Award and Contrechamp Jury Distinction. It joins CMG’s Annecy selection Salma’s Big Wish (Dia de Muertos), which company president Edward Noeltner and his team began selling at the EFM in Berlin in February. Annecy International Animated Film Festival runs from June 10-15.

Chapters - Adventure - Boy - Land - Deserts

Away is told in four chapters and recounts the adventure of a young boy as he travels across a mysterious land, traversing deserts and forests while pursued by a dark spirit. The project marks Zilbalodis’ first full-length feature after directing and producing seven animated shorts including Priorities, Aqua, and Oasis.

The filmmaker worked by himself for three-and-a-half years on Away, handling all aspects of production including screenwriting, storyboarding, animatic, rigging, animation, post-production, and composing the musical score.

Result - Journey - Boy - Plane - Crash

“The result is an amazingly visual, singular journey of a young boy trying to survive what appears to be a plane crash on a deserted island”, said CMG Noeltner. “Our CMG team became enamored with...
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