Film directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman with the Audience Award at Annecy

A highlight of the opening ceremony at PACE17 in San Diego was a presentation by award-winning artist Dena Peterson, who talked about her participation in the incredible film “Loving Vincent.” The recently released film is now winning awards.

In a film that delves into the life and death of Vincent van Gogh, each of the 65,000 frames in “Loving Vincent” was an individual oil painting created by one of a team of more than 115 painters — among them Dena Peterson, who talked about her experience at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in San Diego in April. The recently released film — the world’s first fully fully painted biographical animated feature — took home the Audience Award at Annecy.

Via the film’s newsletter: “The ‘Loving Vincent’ team have had a wonderful time this week in Annecy! Our screenings were an instant sellout, and the film’s world premiere on Tuesday went down a storm, with a standing ovation following this first ever screening. To top off a brilliant week, last night at the closing ceremony, the film won the Audience Award — voted for by festival goers themselves.

“Alongside our sellout screenings, we demonstrated our painting animation techniques at special events. Three of our painters animated Van Gogh’s ‘Wheatfield with Crows’ on a wall by Lake Annecy, and we also installed a PAWS (Painting Animation Work Station) as Head of Painting Piotr Dominiak animated our hero Armand Roulin walking through La Moulin de la Galette.

“Also announced during a special press conference at Annecy was the first confirmed ‘Loving Vincent’ exhibition — this will be held at Noordbrabants Museum, where Vincent grew up. The exhibition will feature over 70 of the paintings used to create the film and opens in October. More exhibition venues will be revealed soon.”

To learn more, visit the film’s website here.

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