The animated film "Sing 2" world premiere at AFI Fest

The animated film "Sing 2" world premiere at AFI Fest

Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the world premiere of Sing 2, Illumination's new animated feature film, written and directed by Garth Jennings and produced by Chris Meledandri (founder and CEO of Illumination) and Janet Healy, will join AFI FEST 2021 as first on the red carpet. The film will be released in theaters on December 22nd and will be screened in person at the historic TCL Chinese Theater on Sunday November 14th.

In the new chapter of the Illumination film series, the ever-optimistic Buster Moon and his stellar cast of artists prepare to launch their most dazzling stage show ever… all in the glamorous entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. There's only one hitch: First they have to convince the world's loneliest rock star, played by Oscar-nominated world music icon Bono, to join them.

With more than 40 classic and contemporary hits, thrilling performances and breathtaking artistry, Sing 2 serves as an emotional reminder of the importance of dreaming big and the healing power of music.

Sing 2 features all the characters audiences fell in love with in the first film (voiced by Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, Oscar nominee Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll and Garth Jennings), plus to new characters played by music superstars, Oscar nominee Pharrell Williams and Halsey, actors Bobby Cannavale and Letitia Wright and comedians Eric André and Chelsea Peretti.

The AFI FEST 2021 will take place November 10-14 in Los Angeles. The world premiere of tick, tick… BOOM! directed by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda will open the festival e King Richard directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green will close the festival. Additional red carpet premieres include world premieres of Academy Award winner Halle Berry's directorial debut Injured and the directorial debut of Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary The swan song, Parallel Mothers directed by Oscar winner Pedro Almodóvar e The power of the dog, directed by Academy Award winner Jane Campion.

Additional highlights of the animation include the documentary The train station, based on director Lyana Patrick's powerful family story of love and survival at Lejac Indian Residential School; and a series of heartwarming shorts including Yoriko Mizushiri's anxious body, by Sasha Lee Misery loves company, Gobelins graduation film My friend who shines at night; and mixed media works like I love dad by Diana Cam Van Nguyen e Soft animals by Renée Zhan.

You can find the complete program here .

This year's hybrid festival will feature both in-person screenings and events, as well as virtual screenings, which showcase transformative stories of innovative artists. With health and safety as a top priority, AFI FEST 2021 will require all festival goers attending in-person events and / or screenings to be fully vaccinated. Major sponsors of the AFI FEST 2021 include AT&T, Apple Original Films, National Geographic Documentary Films, and Dell.

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