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 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 2017: Die MIFA präsentiert den ersten MIFA Campus mit den Gästen Guillermo del Toro und Carlos Saldanha

Opening on Tuesday 13th June with the first-ever Mifa Campus boasting Guillermo del Toro as its patron, this year the Mifa will host all the professional conferences on site as well as the traditional Meetings: Territory Focus, Share With, Mifa Pitches, Mifa Press Conferences, the Video Library… and even recruitment sessions with major animation studios.

More vibrant than ever, the Mifa is taking place at the Impérial Palace from 13th – 16th June 2017 with 1,000 m2 additional surface area!

The first-ever Mifa Campus on Tuesday 13th June!

Guillermo del Toro will be the patron of the 1st Mifa Campus: A new day entirely dedicated to students and entry-level animation professionals. He will be presenting a „Conversation“ at 2 pm at the Impérial Palace, Verdi A&B, a unique moment for this generation seeking references and sharing experiences.
Carlos Saldanha, director of Ice Age and Rio among others, has also agreed to share an intimate moment with students, young professionals and experts at 9 am in the Tente impériale.

Three kinds of meetings will be held:

>>>  Chat With, sessions, where studios will discuss their work environments, prospective job offers and the kinds of profiles they’re looking for.

For example, you’ll find:

Walt Disney Animation Studios: An Interactive Portfolio Workshop

Join the Force with ILM Recruitment

The Folimage Studio

>>> Workshops for animation artists, teachers or experts to share the savoir-faire and expertise.

On the programme:

Getting Hired and Staying Hired in Animation/VFX Studios
Terrence MASSON, Ilija BRUNCK, Boris JACQ, Alison MANN, Shelley PAGE, Javier ROMERO
11:00 am – VERDI A&B

Before the Animation Begins: Getting the Characters Ready to Act
6:00 pm – VERDI A&B

>>> Feedback on new initiatives dealing with training programmes or talent incubators in France and abroad.

On the programme:

Creative Residencies in Animation
9:00 am – BERLIOZ A&B

ANDIMATION – Accelerator for Andean Animation
Denis CHAPON, Margaux GILLET
10:30 am – BERLIOZ A&B

RECA: A Unique European Network
12:00 pm – BERLIOZ A&B

Zoom in on My 1st Job
Marie Armelle IMBAULT
6:00 pm – BERLIOZ A&B



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

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

Festival international du film d’animation d’Annecy 2016: Premiere of the new Disney•Pixar FINDING DORY and ceremony of Disney Art Challenge




Le Festival du Film d’animation d’Annecy, the perfect rendez-vous
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival is the must-go-to event for animation pros and fans alike and this year will be paying tribute to French animation, making it an obvious choice to expose the works of budding artists and reveal the name of the three laureates of the Disney Art Challenge grants to help them complete their training.
“We are hosting the Disney Art Challenge and previewing Finding Dory with great pleasure. The Annecy Festival welcomes around 2000 students every year to meet animation professionals, making our event the natural home for such an initiative” Marcel Jean, Artistic Director, Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
“It’s particularly motivating to support and honor the new generation of animators, and I sincerely thank the RECA to support the project and the Festival for hosting us for the fourth Disney Art Challenge prize giving” Jean-François Camilleri, President of The Walt Disney Company France. Ocean, theme of the 4th edition of the Disney Art Challenge

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Für alle Annecy-Fahrer! Accreditation for Annnecy is open! 13. – 18. Juni 2016 (Kopie)

Der Post vor einigen Tagen zeigte Defizite auf, deshalb hier nochmal und jetzt korrekt alles zur Online Akkreditierung zum Trickfilmfestival in Annecy Juni 2016.

You can now get accreditation online to take part in the next International Animation Film Festival (13th-18th June), the associated Meetings (13th-17th June 2016) and the film Market (15th-17th June).

Topics for 2016
This year French animation will be in the spotlight, with international creatives and industry professionals sharing their vision of the French touch!
The Festival will also be focusing on animation in advertising, and to mark the year celebrating Korea in France, there will also be a programme of Korean animation on the bill.
More info

Depending on your needs and profile, you have three types of accreditation to choose from:

  • Festival: with a Festival accreditation you can attend a maximum number of screenings over the six days to discover the best in current animation production. You can also take part in the Shorts and Breakfast meetings, the Students’ Snack Time sessions and the Feature Films out of Competition Discussions to find out just how these films found their way to the screen!
    Get accreditation
  • Meetings: a Meetings accreditation takes you behind the scenes of animation. Apart from the screenings, you will also be able to attend the Conferences, Work in Progress and Making of sessions, Masterclasses, Keynote speeches, and, new for this year, the WIP TV sessions.
    Get accreditation
  • Mifa: your Mifa accreditation gets you into the leading market for the animation industry and its associated events: Share With, Territory Focus, Focus Studio, Pitch and recruitment sessions, stands… The Mifa is an unmissable event to network with industry decision-makers.
  • Get accreditation


  • Call for Projects for all categories: 12th February 2016
  • Film submissions (excluding feature films): 15th February 2016
  • Early Bird rates for Mifa accreditation: 29th February 2016
  • Animation du Monde Call for Projects: 4th March 2016
  • Feature film submissions: 15th March 2016




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