The Annecy International Animation Festival has postponed outdoor screenings until Monday aft Thursday’s weapon onslaught astatine a playground adjacent nan lakeside screening venue successful nan French upland edifice town. However, nan show will unfastened arsenic planned connected Sunday.
Six people, included 4 young children, were wounded successful nan attack, which was characterized arsenic an isolated incident. The suspect, a 31-year-old Syrian nationalist pinch exile position successful Sweden, is successful custody.
Festival caput Mickaël Marin and his squad said successful a statement, “The group of Annecy, France, and farther afield, person each been shaken to nan halfway by yesterday’s tragic events. It has now been established that this was an isolated act.
“In consultation pinch nan authorities and arsenic specified by Mayor François Astorg, nan Festival will beryllium opening connected Sunday 11th June. However, arsenic a motion of support to nan families and victims, nan Festival guidance and squad person decided to postpone nan open-air screenings until Monday 12th June.
“The Festival screenings will bespeak nan values that they person ever endorsed: sharing, solidarity and fraternity.”
French media reported that President Emmanuel Macron and his woman traveled to nan area to sojourn nan victims successful nan hospital.
The festival, which runs to June 17, is expected to tie immoderate 14,000 filmmakers, distributors and animation aficionados from astir nan world.
A activity successful advancement screening of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” and a first look astatine Disney’s animated philharmonic “Wish” are among nan highlights connected nan program. “Sirocco And The Kingdom Of The Winds” is nan opening film.