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

Wer braucht noch einen Grund um nach Annecy zu fahren? Hier sind gleich zwei!

John Musker und Ron Clements präsentieren MOANA (VAIANA) und Disney präsentiert die Weltpremiere vom neuen Shortfilm „INNER WORKINGS“

Neue Pressemeldung aus Annecy!

Walt Disney Animation Studios brings the world premiere of their new short Inner Workings to the Annecy Festival, as well as never-before-seen footage from their upcoming feature Moana, presented by legendary directors John Musker and Ron Clements, 17th June at 10:30 am (Bonlieu, Grande salle).


Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Annecy International Animated Film Festival with the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog) to present a never-before-seen exclusive preview of the upcoming comedy adventure film, Moana, which features an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people.

Clements and Musker will unveil new artwork and work-in-progress sequences from the film, and showcase the extensive research their team conducted to bring authenticity to their most ambitious production to date.

Annecy is the world’s premier festival for animation lovers„, says Musker, „and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share Moana with this crowd.”

Moana directors Ron Clements and John Musker made their writing-directing debut on the 1986 feature The Great Mouse Detective. They went on to write and direct beloved Disney classics, including the undersea adventure The Little Mermaid in 1989, the hilarious hit Aladdin in 1992, 1997’s epic comedy Hercules, Treasure Planet in 2002, and most recently, 2009’s The Princess and the Frog.


Damit keine Missverständnisse auftauchen, Moana wird in Deutschland unter dem Titel VAIANA in die Kinos kommen, Grund sind Rechtsansprüche, die im deutschsprachigen Raum bezüglich des Namens MOANA erhoben werden.

John Musker bestätigte dies gegenüber INDAC aus Nachfrage bezüglich vaianader Namensänderung von Moana zu Vaiana: „It is. „Moana“ couldn’t be cleared legally in much of Europe. „Vai“ means water in various Pacific languages, so the intent is the same as ‚Moana“ which means „ocean“ in several Pacific tongues.“

Und hier der zweite Grund:

World Premiere


Walt Disney Animation Studios will also showcase the world premiere of the all-new short film Inner Workings, presented by director Leo Matsuda (story artist, Big Hero 6 and Wreck-It Ralph) and producer Sean Lurie.

Inner Workings is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his free-spirited, adventurous half. Created by a small team at Walt Disney Animation Studios in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, the short explores the importance of finding balance in daily life.

The film will be presented in theatres as an opening to MOANA.




Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ The Secret Life of Pets, World Premiere at Annecy

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, and Albert Brooks.

Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch.

Come to the world premiere of The Secret Life of Pets in Annecy on Thursday 16th June at 8:30 pm (English version with French Subtitles), with director Chris Renaud, co-director Yarrow Cheney.

Bild: Universal

Annecy 2016: Das Poster zum Festival

This year, the poster has been created by French Canadian illustrator Michèle Lemieux, whose children’s books have received numerous prizes, including the Bologna Ragazzi Award, the highest international accolade in children’s literature, for Gewitternacht in 1997.


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