First teaser to 'Mavka. The Forest Song' to be premiered in Annecy


The European premiere of the first teaser to animation feature Mavka. The Forest Song will take place on June 15 at MIFA, the biggest global market of animation content traditionally held under the aegis of Annecy International Animation Festival.  

On June 15 at 5 PM, 4D.05 stand presenting Ukrainian animation industry will host a gathering of major global television holdings, distributors, investors, buyers and producers; they will be the first to see the teaser to 'Mavka. The Forest Song' animation feature created by Animagrad and FILM.UA Group (the animation release is scheduled for 2019).  

In the teaser, the cartoon authors will present the film’s protagonist, the forest’s heart and keeper Mavka; her friend and helper, funny Swampy; they will invite the audience to the forest world and the secret clearing where the magic Willow grows – this is what Mavka keeps safe from humans. A range of visuals for the film will be demonstrated: the magic tattoos Mavka’s face and hands are covered in; the beautiful outfit created for the forest nymph by the film’s costume designer Olga Navrotskaya; and many other original finds. Specially for the cartoon, the globally renowned Ukrainian musicians from DakhaBrakha band wrote the main music theme, which will also be featured in the teaser.

The official part of the evening will be followed by a cocktail party where the guests will have an opportunity to talk to the film producers, Iryna Kostyuk, Egor Olesov and Anna Eliseeva, and get unique gifts, namely authentic Ukrainian wreaths made of real flowers, and temporary tattoos just like the ones adorning Mavka in the cartoon. The tattoos have been made using augmented reality technology; with the help of a smartphone app they come alive and transform into nature forces right on the screen. They were developed specially for this project by Signal Red production house.

The national premiere of animated film teaser will take place during the summer film market at Odessa International Film Festival; afterwards, it will be published on the project’s official pages and shown in the country’s cinemas.  

The international festival in Annecy has been around for more than half a century. During this time, it has become an iconic event in the animation world, and the festival Grand Prix, Cristal d’Annecy, is now equal in its importance to an Academy Award. Under its brand, the festival hosts the famous MIFA animation market and a range of other important industry events. This year, Women in Animation global summit is launched in the framework of the festival, The Walt Disney Studios being its main sponsor. The summit organizers invited Iryna Kostyuk, producer of Mavka. The Forest Song cartoon, to participate in this event as well.   


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