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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2014 - 18.27 July

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Category: Edition 2014


Set against the backdrop of a longstanding conflict between bees and hornets, Maya the bee is born into a world of order and rules. Her hilariously awkward attempts to fit in and “be a bee” bring her into trouble with the evil Royal Advisor, which meanwhile is hatching a plot to steal the Queen’s royal jelly. But Maya stumbles onto the Advisor’s plot, and calls on all the insects for help, including the feared hornets, who unexpectedly prove themselves very good allies.

Italian Title L’APE MAIA – IL FILM
Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Animation, Teaser
Production Year 2014
Nationality Australia, Germany
Directed by Alexis Stadermann
Screenplay Fin Edquist, Marcus Sauermann
Based on the book " "
by Waldemar Bonsels
Editor Adam Smith
Production Design Ralph Niemeyer
Music Ute Engelhardt
Original Voices Coco Jack Gillies (Maia/Maya)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (Willi/Willy)
Richard Roxburgh (Flip)
Noah Taylor (Crawley/Hugo)
Jacki Weaver (Buzzlina/Gunilla)
Miriam Margolyes (l’Ape Regina/the Queen)
Produced by Barbara Stephen, Thorsten Wegener

Alexis Stadermann

Alexis Stadermann has worked for many of the major international studios, including Walt Disney Studios in Sydney. During his time with Walt Disney Studios, he was supervising animator on LION KING 1 ½ (2004), and second unit director of TARZAN II (2005) and BAMBI II (2006). As well as directing two seasons of the animated TV show for Aardman’s Animation PLANET SKETCH, he was part of the director’s unit on Zack Snyder’s animated feature film LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE (2010).


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