From the Cannes Film Market, GFM Animation has announced a new animated feature film to their slate, Ozi Voice of the forest.
Featuring the voices of Amandla Stenberg, Laura Dern, Djimon Hounsou, Donald Sutherland and RuPaul Charles.
This remarkable family feature film centers on Ozi, an adventurous orangutan who lives deep in the rainforest with her parents.
Life is blissful until her rainforest is destroyed and Ozi finds herself separated and alone. Rescued by a local sanctuary, Ozi slowly grows with confidence, learning to communicate not only with Robert and Kirani, who rescued her & teach her sign-language, but also with the outside world via social media.
Learning that her parents may still be alive, she sets out to find them and on the way learns firsthand just how much devastation is being caused by deforestation. Determined to get the word out there, she uses her online following to tell the world exactly what is happening.
This is a movie full of hope, encouraging a new generation to speak out and use their voices to protect our precious world.
Ozi Voice of the Forest will receive its market premier in Cannes, following a London screening on the 11th May
The film has also been selected to screen at the Annecy International Animation Festival in June.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Phillip Watson, of Appian Way along with Mike Medavoy, Rodrigo Blaas, Keith Chapman, Adam Stanhope and Graham Appleby produce, with production companies Appian Way and GCI Film. CG Imagery and animation is by Mikros Animation.
Title song for the movie is by Diane Warren.
The film is supporting 3 major charities who support Orangutan rehabilitation.
GFM Animation Chairman, Guy Collins, said ‘One of the most pressing concerns amongst children and their families today are the present dangers facing life on earth and the destruction of its habitat. Ozi Voice of the Forest’s story highlights these concerns in an impactful and informative yet highly entertaining way. We defy anyone not to be moved by Ozi’s story and we could not be more thrilled to have this very special film join our slate.’
Producer Mike Medavoy said ‘For this film we have brough together creative minds and a stellar cast from across the globe to address a global issue.’