Annecy News: Mifa 2018 – discover an umbrella stand dedicated to Europe, as well as new features!

The Annecy International Animation Film Market – from 12th Tuesday through 15th Friday June, 2018 – is expanding again (the floor will increase from 1,000 to 1,600 m²), now revealing the first of its innovations and gems!

Creative Europe MEDIA Umbrella Stand:

This year for the first time Mifa will host a Creative Europe MEDIA umbrella stand, to enhance and distribute some European audiovisual content. It will cover more than 100 m², emblematic of the European Commission’s determination to back the animated film industry.

MIFA Innovative features:

Market Screenings: the top place for producers, distributors and sellers to present professionals with their latest productions.

Shoot the Book Anim’: pitch sessions on books, to promote screen adaptations of French literary works.

Demo Sessions: a special showcase where professionals can push their works and technological solutions.

Meet the Composers: B2B encounters streamlining contacts between film score composers and European/worldwide directors and producers.

Also: A video library exclusively online

In 2017, more than 8,000 videos were seen. These videos included projects, programmes uploaded by producers, and the official selection of the Festival. The video library is now virtual, with content available online for one year!

Annecy: REMINDER: only a few weeks left before registration closes!

Don’t delay: submit your projects!

To be selected at the Mifa Pitches is to present your project in its first phase of development to more than 200 professionals in the business, competing for a partner’s prize and benefit from having a Mifa accreditation!

Registration closes 5th February 2018 for all categories.

AjouterSubit a project


Webseries projects can compete in the TV Series and Specials. The Interactive Creations & Transmedia category enables digital films or elaborate immersive experiments in animation and on unique supports to compete.

Contact: Géraldine Baché, Head of Education & Projects Mifa

VR: registration open!

Author of VR films, try your luck now and take part in the official selection out of competition VR@ANNECY!
AjouterSubmit your Project
Registration closes 15th February 2018

Contact: Yves Nougarède, Head of Films & Program Planning

Submissions for Annecy 2018 are now open

After welcoming 10 000 participants in 2017, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival & Market will take place from June 11-16, 2018.

This next edition will honor Brazilian animation, which will be showcased in the programming and will have a prominent place in the Market!

To have your film compete in the official selection or to have your project selected for Mifa Pitches, register now!

Submit your films!

Deadline for submission is February 15, 2018 for the following categories:

Short Films
TV Films
Commissioned Films
Graduation Films

Deadline for submission is March 15, 2018 for Feature Films category.

As for VR Films, submissions will take place at a later date.

Please note:

Feature Films Category: eligible films cannot be commercially exploited (before and/or after the official release date of the film) in France before the end of the Festival that is June 16th 2018.

In the category TV Films and Commissioned Films, pilots are no longer accepted.

Contact: Laurent Million, Head of Films & Programme Planning


Do you have an animation film project?

Take this opportunity to get selected by Mifa Pitches 2018 and find partners and funding for your project!

Submission deadline February 5, 2018 for all categories:

Short Films
Feature Films
TV series or specials
Interactive Creations & Transmedia
Animation du Monde (category open to all formats but reserved for emerging countries in the animation industry – check out the list of eligible countries in Animation du Monde regulations)

Please note:

Web Series can now compete in the category TV Series or specials.

The Interactive Creations & Transmedia category now allows digital or immersive experience projects, developed in animation and on a single format, to compete.

Contact: Géraldine Baché, Head of Projects, Mifa









ANIMATION IS FILM announced the winners of its inaugural festival with THE BREADWINNER, directed by Nora Twomey, sweeping both top honors of The Grand Prize, selected by the festival jury, and the Audience Award, selected by festival attendees. Twomey co-directed the Oscar®-nominated „The Secret of Kells“ from Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon, the animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated “Song of the Sea.” Additionally, THE BIG BAD FOX & OTHER TALES, from Oscar-nominated Benjamin Renner („Ernest & Celestine“) and Patrick Imbert, took home The Special Jury Prize. The film was produced by Oscar-nominated Didier Brunner („Kirikou and the Sorceress,“ „Triplets of Belleville,“ „The Secret of Kells,“ „Ernest & Celestine“).

Speaking on behalf of the entire jury, festival jury chair Peter Debruge, said „The Breadwinner is not just an incredibly important film, but one that reminds us of the power of animation to communicate serious issues in the world. Transforming hardship into a warm and moving story, the movie represents a triumph by its director, Nora Twomey, in terms of script, voice acting, design, music and editing. The films in competition this year illustrated the many techniques and possibilities of animation, but The Breadwinner was a clear favorite among our jury. Special Jury Prize goes to Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, a comedy that celebrates the joys of traditional cartoon animation.“

A selection of twelve new animated feature films in competition

The inaugural edition of ANIMATION IS FILM took place October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. The Festival presented a selection of twelve new animated feature films in competition, with selections from Asia, Europe, South America and North America, and filmmakers attending for most screenings. Additionally the festival presented studio events, special screenings, short film programs, and a VR lounge, with the majority of screenings selling out. The festival was presented by GKIDS, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Variety, and ASIFA Hollywood, with major sponsors LA Times, IndieWire, Cartoon Brew, Fathom Events and Google. Full 2017 film lineup is available at

ANIMATION IS FILM fills a gap in the market by establishing a world class animation festival in the US, with its home in the world capital of filmmaking. The Festival embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form on par with live action filmmaking and will be vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of expression that the medium is capable of.


Peter Debruge
Chief film critic, Variety, jury chairAllison Abbate
EVP Theatrical Animation, Warner Brothers Pictures
Producer of The Iron GiantFantastic Mr. FoxThe Lego Movie

Bonnie Arnold
DreamWorks Animation
Producer of Toy StoryHow to Train Your Dragon

Brenda Chapman
Oscar®-winning director of Brave

Carolyn Giardina
Tech Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

Jorge R. Gutiérrez
Director of Book of Life

Charles Solomon
Film critic and historian

Mabel Tam
Head film buyer, Landmark Cinemas

Anne Thompson
Editor-At-Large, IndieWire


May 23, 2017


Sponsored by The Walt Disney Studios, symposium will feature presentations and panels

spotlighting top executives and filmmakers from around the world

discussing key topics affecting women working in the animation industry today


Los Angeles, CA — Women in Animation (WIA) and Les Femmes s’Animent (LFA), together with The Walt Disney Studios, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD) and Hiventy, are pleased to present the very first WOMEN IN ANIMATION WORLD SUMMIT in conjunction with the Annecy International Animation Festival and Mifa 2017.

The WOMEN IN ANIMATION WORLD SUMMIT will take place on Monday, June 12th at the Impérial Palace Hotel (Allée de l’Impérial, 74000 Annecy) and will feature a day-long symposium of panels and discussions covering a range of topics such as “Exploring Unconscious Bias,” “50/50 by 2025 – How Are We Getting There?” “Developing Diverse Stories” and “Artist Experiences.” Read more

Annecy 2017: Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the Year Award

The 2017 Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the Year Award will be given to Marc Bonny, President of the French distribution company Gebeka Films, and Eric Beckman, CEO of the American distribution company GKIDS. This award will celebrate their respective careers and salute their mutual commitments to policies for distributing independent films. Both men were responsible for putting My Life as a Courgette in the national and international limelight.

Annecy Festival 2017: 87 Shorts and 49 Graduation films in the Official Selection!

(c) Till Nowak

(c) Photo by Till Nowak

The Festival received over 2,800 films, all categories combined, from 95 different countries.

Here is the Link to the Website!

The Official Selection so far includes:

87 Short Films in Competition, including 11 Off-Limits, 21 Perspectives and 10 Young Audiences; France, Canada and Belgium have the most films represented in the selection.
49 Graduation Films in Competition
For these two categories, 48% of the films were either directed or co-directed by women.

The Official Selection of TV Series & Specials and Commissioned Films will be announced at the end of March and the Feature Films in and out of Competition will be announced in late April.

The Festival’s Official Selection was carried out by the Artistic Director, Marcel Jean and the Films & Programme Planning team, Laurent Million, Yves Nougarède and Sébastien Sperer. New this year, Peggy Zejgman-Lecarme, Director of the Cinémathèque de Grenoble, provided assistance and a feminine perspective for the selection of short films.

Paying tribute to China

China is a big country, almost an entire continent: its animation is rich and diverse. We plan on providing the broadest possible overview on historical and current Chinese animation by presenting as many major productions as films made by the new generation of independent artists. We want to talk about the industry and its rapid development, but we also want to hear from unique voices.“ Marcel Jean, Artistic Director of the Annecy Festival

Annecy Animation Film Festival and MIFA 2017 – Guest Country: CHINA

China is set to be guest country for Annecy 2017.

The tribute to Chinese animation will be developed around a big exhibition presented at the Château d’Annecy, musée lacs et montagnes, where material from classic films from the Shanghai studio will pave the way for a number of installations by artists/filmmakers working at the frontiers of contemporary art and animation such as Sun Xun, Haiyang Wang, Wu Chao and Weilun Xia.

In addition to this exhibition, there will be a retrospective of a dozen programmes, including Princess Iron Fan (1941), the feature by brothers Laiming and Guchan Wan, three programmes of historical short films, a retrospective of Sun Xun, a programme of short films from contemporary artists, a retrospective of the work of Xu An and Xi Chen and the best shorts from Chinese schools.

This exceptional collaboration between the Château d’Annecy and the Festival will give a unique and original vision of Chinese animation“ explained Festival Artistic Director, Marcel Jean.Our project is to offer the biggest overview of the past as well as the present of Chinese animation, by presenting as many historical works as films made by the new generation of independent filmmakers. We would like to talk about the industry and its rapid development, and also make more singular voices heard.

The Artistic Director adds that „China is a great country, almost a continent and its animation is rich and varied.
In order to offer the Annecy public the best from this cinema, we have been working with European experts like Marie-Claire Kuo Quiquemelle and the director of the Holland Animation Film Festival, Gerben Schermer, not to mention the expertise of Lucie Cabanes and Maurice Corbet, from the Château d’Annecy.“

We are delighted to announce that the young Chinese filmmaker Chao Wu will be coming to Annecy to be a jury member and will have the tough task of choosing winners for some of the 18 official prizes!
Chao Wu was born in 1977. After graduating from the Fine Arts College in Sichaun in 2000, with a Bachelor’s in visual art, she continued her Master’s degree studies at École Nationale Supérieure d’art in Nancy, France in 2007.
She is now back living in China and working as a teacher at the Art College in Guangzhou while also pursuing her career in digital art animation and video art.

A Chinese delegation, led by the SARFT (The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China) will be visiting Mifa in a pavilion space of over 150 m².

Mifa: from 13th and 16th June 2017

Festival: from 12th to 17th June 2017

Wunderhübsche Neujahrsgrüße aus Annecy von der Citia!

This CITIA 2017 animated e-card was created by 3rd-year students from MOPA School of CG Animation.
Check out the other videos made by the rest of the class!


Annecy 2017: Film and project submissions now open

Annecy 2017 will take place from 12th to 17th June

Guest country China will be honoured through programmes, an exhibition and a large delegation at the Market.

You can already submit films or be selected for the Mifa Pitch sessions with your projects.

Submit your films

Submissions end 15th February 2017 for the following categories:

Short films
TV films
Commissioned films
Graduation films

Submissions end 15th March 2017 for the feature film category.

Submit a film – click here!

Please note:

Feature film category: Only feature films that have not been commercially exploited (before and after the official release date of the film) in France before the end of the Festival (17thJune 2017) are authorised to compete.

TV and commissioned film category: Pilots are no longer accepted.

Contact: Laurent Million, Head of Films & Programme Planning

New: Creation of 2 new competitive sections
As from June 2017, the three out of competition short film programmes will be replaced by two new sections: the first devoted to a Young Audience, and the second know as Perspectives.
Artistic Director, Marcel Jean, explains these new additions to the competition.

More Info – Click here!


Do you have an animation film project?

Give it the possibility to be selected, take part in the Mifa Pitch sessions 2017 and find the best opportunities to get made!
Submissions end 1st February 2017 for all categories:

Short films
TV series and specials
Feature films
Animation du Monde (list of eligible countries available on the rules and regulations)

More Info – MIFA Pitch Sessions 2017 – click here!

Contact: Géraldine Baché, Head of Projects, Mifa


Fotos (c) johannes wolters

News from Annecy: The Festival Creates Two New Sections

The Young Audience and City of Annecy Awards complete the short film competition.
Through the words of Artistic Director, Marcel Jean, the Annecy International Animation Festival has announced a few changes in the short film programme. From June 2017, the three out of competition programmes will be replaced by two new sections: the first devoted to films for a Young Audience and the second, Perspectives, focusing on helping new creatives, emerging films and those produced in collaboration or offering a singular perspective on the world we live in and the state of animation.


Young Audience
„We felt that it was essential to give films for a young audience more space.“ explained Festival Artistic Director Marcel Jean. „We think it’s important to select more films for this audience and show them in their own programme so as to offer the best overview of this type of production.“
The creation of this Young Audience section will go together with the creation of a new special prize, which will be presented at the Annecy Town Hall on 16th June. Marcel Jean went on to say, „Through this prize we would like to recognise the vitality of films for young people and encourage more production.“ The Young Audience Award will be given by a Junior Jury.

„The term perspective, meanwhile, can be defined in many ways, but we are using it to denote notions of representation and looking at something, as well as possible changes. It’s a wide-ranging concept, which is moving forward and calls the future.“
Perspectives will also have its own special prize, the City of Annecy Award, which will be presented at the ceremony of 16th June. The jury for this award will be made up of three young Art students who will provide a new and contemporary look on the two programmes in this new section.
2017 is the 30th anniversary of the friendship agreement between Annecy and Sainte-Thérèse in Canada. For this occasion, it has been decided that the three members of the City of Annecy Award for 2017 will be students from cégep of Sainte-Thérèse. The City of Annecy is the proud partner of this initiative.
„All the short films shown at the Festival are worthy of being in the spotlight.
It’s impossible to have nine or ten screening sessions, but by adding these new sections we are showing off the films and recognising them through awarding some of them prizes,“ concluded Marcel Jean.

Annecy 2016: Peter Lord & David Sproxton – Keynote – Aardman à 40 ans / Aardman at 40

Beim diesjährigen Animationsfestival in Annecy standen die beiden Gründer von Aardman, Peter Lord und David Sproxton im Mittelpunkt.

Hier ihr Keynote- Talk, veröffentlicht vom Annecy Festival

Peter Lord & David Sproxton – Annecy 2016
Une keynote pour retracer une formidable odyssée de 40 ans
A speech retracing a 40-year-long journey

Réalisée par / Directed by Version Direct


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