Annecy Logo Annecy en Copyright 2015, CITIA Site officiel du Festival, du Marché du film d'animation, des Conférences et du Carrefour de la Création d'Annecy. 1440 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:04:39 +0100 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:04:39 +0100 MINIONS at Annecy 2015 for a sneak preview MINIONS will be screened as a sneak preview at Annecy 2015.<br /><p>This year's Festival will be presenting a <strong>sneak preview screening in Annecy</strong> of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's latest production, <em><strong>MINIONS </strong></em>(3D), national release set for July 8<sup>th</sup>. Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO at Illumination Entertainment, will also be giving a keynote speech at the Mifa.</p> <p>The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. <br /> But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. <br /> The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation. <br /> Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s that still permeates our culture today, <em>MINIONS </em>is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.</p> <p><strong><a title="Get accreditation!" href="" target="_blank">Get accreditation</a> now</strong> to attend Annecy 2015.</p> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Chris Meledandri: Keynote and Prize! Mifa invites you to attend an exceptional keynote speech given by one of the leading figures in animation, Chris Meledandri.<br /><p><strong>New for 2015!</strong> For its 30<sup>th</sup> birthday, the Mifa is offering a new presentation format, keynote speeches, which will give attendees the chance to meet and converse with some of the biggest names in the animation industry.</p> <p><strong>Chris Meledandri,</strong> founder and CEO at <a title="Visitez le site Illumination Entertainment" href="" target="_blank">Illumination Entertainment</a> and producer of such blockbusters as <em>Ice Age, Robots, Despicable Me</em> and <em>The Lorax,</em> will be kicking off this first keynote session.</p> <p>His visit will also provide Annecy the opportunity to reward him with the first <strong>Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the year prize,</strong> awarded for his contribution to the animation industry.</p> <p>Finally, on the Festival side, <em>MINIONS</em> (3D) will be screened as a sneak preview in Annecy.</p> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 And the Honorary Cristal goes to... Florence Miailhe This year, the Annecy Festival has chosen to award the Honorary Cristal to Florence Miailhe, filmmaker known for her individual style.<br /><p>After having received her arts degree from Ensad where she specialised in engraving and exhibiting her paintings and engravings, Florence Miailhe quickly turned towards teaching in animation at schools including GOBELINS, l'école de l'image and Ensad.</p> <p>She made her first film Hammam in 1991, before establishing her unusual technique that she calls "film painting". Her distinctive style, combined with her poetic universe, has contributed to the <strong>numerous awards</strong> given to her work.</p> <p>Her short film <em>Au premier dimanche d’août</em> was part of the official selection at <strong>Annecy 2000,</strong> nominated for the <strong>Golden Cartoon 2001</strong> and received the <strong>César for best short film in 2002.</strong> Her short <em>Conte de quartier </em>won a <strong>special mention from the jury at the Cannes Festival in 2006.</strong></p> <p>The ensemble of Florence Miailhe's subtle and personal creations will be recognised during the Annecy Festival 2015 with an Honorary Cristal.</p> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Sign up to take part in the Mifa Pitches You have until 13<sup>th</sup> February to submit your project and have the possibility to present it to an audience of professionals at the Mifa Pitch sessions.<br /><p>If you have an animation project, why not take advantage of the International Animation Film Market's <a title="More info about Calls for Projects" href="" target="_blank">Calls for Projects</a> to submit and possibly get the chance to present it at the Mifa Pitch sessions from 17<sup>th</sup> to 19<sup>th</sup> June 2015. To be eligible, your project must fit one of the following categories: short film, feature film, TV series or transmedia.</p> <p>Pitching your project during Mifa will enable you to:</p> <ul> <li>try and win one of the <a title="More info about the partner prizes" href="" target="_blank">partner prizes</a> to help you develop the project </li> <li>take advantage of advice from experienced professionals </li> <li>meet up with the sort of people who can contribute to the outcome of your project. </li> </ul> <p>Check out our <a title="Check out the project update" href="" target="_blank">Project Update</a> and <a title="Visit Project Spotlight page" href="" target="_blank">Project Spotlight</a> pages to find out more about the Mifa Pitches experience from project leaders who have taken part in the past.</p> <p><strong><a title="Submit your project to Annecy 2015" href="" target="_blank">Submit your project</a> before 13<sup>th</sup> February 2015.</strong></p> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Create the Event during the Festival Become a partner or advertiser with the Annecy Festival and its Market to talk about your brand to a large target!<br /><p>Annecy invites you to associate with the Festival and Market to take advantage of media coverage on a regional, national and international scale and show off your name on site to over 7,000 delegates, including 2,500 industry professionals and 115,000 visitors.</p> <p>Two solutions are available, depending on your needs and wishes: become a partner or advertiser.</p> <p><strong>Become an event partner, </strong>to show off your business personality, make the event's values your own, meet up with a significant target of professionals and the general public and take advantage of other benefits. Discover the different partnership possibilities in the <em><a href="">Create the Event</a> </em>catalogue.</p> <p><strong>If you invest in advertising space,</strong> you can guarantee high visibility, confirm your visit and communicate latest news, target your public using a great range of adapted mediums and take advantage of other benefits to be found in our <a href=""><em>Create the Event – Advertising Space</em></a> catalogue.</p> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Akira Yamaguchi joins the Annecy team Annecy would like to welcome Akira Yamaguchi, founder of SUN BRIDGE Inc., as the new representative for the Festival and Mifa in Japan.<br /><p>Her mission is to be the permanent link between Annecy and animation professionals in Japan, to help the presentation of films or projects at the Festival and to professionals at the Mifa.</p> <p>Fascinated by media and the entertainment world, Akira Yamaguchi started out in 2000 working for the radio then post-production. In 2006, she joined <a title="Visite Toei Animation Europe website" href="" target="_blank">Toei Animation Europe</a> as Licensing & Production Manager, before moving to Canada as Head of Business Development.</p> <p>In 2012, she founded <a title="Visit SUN BRIDGE Inc. website" href="" target="_blank">SUN BRIDGE Inc.</a>, a consultancy to develop business development with the Japanese animation industry. SUN BRIDGE brings advice and expertise to the Quebec Film & Television Council, the Japan External Trade Organisation and Japanese, French, Canadian and American animation production companies.</p> <p>Recently, Akira Yamaguchi has been concentrating her energies on the development of <a title="Visit Toon Boom website" href="" target="_blank">Toon Boom</a> software in Japan, for Japanese and French Canadian public institutions and Japanese producers.</p> <p>SUN BRIDGE Inc. was also part of the animation delegation in the commercial mission of the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Export in 2014.</p> <p>The Annecy Festival is delighted about this new collaboration and warmly welcomes Akira Yamaguchi, Canadian citizen since 2014 and Secretary of the Board at the Quebec-Japan Business Forum.</p> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 1st Animate Dubai Festival in April The Annecy Festival is supporting the Arabian Gulf's first international animation festival, which will take place from 22<sup>nd</sup> to 25<sup>th</sup> April in Dubai.<br /><p><a title="Visit Animate Dubaï website" href="" target="_blank">Animate Dubai</a> is being organised to nourish the developing animation market in the Arab world and will be presenting shorts and features by Arab and international directors. Also on the programme: workshops, panels and talks and masterclasses adapted to different age groups and expertise.</p> <p>The festival is also organising a competition for the following 5 categories:</p> <ul> <li>Arab short films </li> <li>Arab student films </li> <li>International short films </li> <li>International student films </li> <li>Arab animation project pitches</li> </ul> <p>If you would like to take part, <a title="Submit your film to Animate Dubaï" href="" target="_blank">submit your film</a> before 8<sup>th</sup> February 2015 and grab the opportunity to get you and your films noticed!</p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Oscar 2015 Nominations The animated films nominated for the Oscars 2015 have been revealed and most of them were presented or screened in Annecy.<br /><p>In the animated short film category, the majority of nominees were shown at Annecy:</p> <ul> <li><em><strong>The Bigger Picture:</strong></em> Cristal for a Graduation Film, Annecy 2014 </li> <li><em><strong>The Dam Keeper:</strong></em> Official selection, Annecy 2014 </li> <li><em><strong>Feast:</strong></em> world premiere, Annecy 2014 </li> <li><em><strong>Me and My Moulton:</strong></em> in competition, Annecy 2014</li> </ul> <p>In the Animated feature category, all the nominees were at Annecy:</p> <ul> <li><em><strong>Big Hero 6:</strong></em> first footage shown at Annecy 2014 </li> <li><em><strong>The Boxtrolls:</strong></em> presented by Studio LAIKA during a Production Organisation conference and sneak peek teaser shown on the giant screen in 2014 </li> <li><em><strong>How to Train Your Dragon 2:</strong></em> presented in a Work in Progress session in 2013 and shown in a Screening Event in 2014 </li> <li><em><strong>Song of the Sea:</strong></em> presented in a Work in Progress session and during a Production Organisation conference in 2014 </li> <li><em><strong>The Tale of the Princess Kaguya:</strong></em> sneak preview screening at the opening ceremony of Annecy 2014</li> </ul> <p>Congrats to all the production teams of these films and see you on 22<sup>nd</sup> February to find out the two Oscar winners!</p> <p>Check out info about all these films on the <a title="More info about the Oscar " href="" target="_blank">Oscars site</a>.</p> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Call for Submissions: Nickelodeon Writing Program The Call for Submissions to take part in the Nickelodeon Writing Program is now open. Screenwriters should apply before 28<sup>th</sup> February!<br /><p>In order to expand its offer of shows, Nickelodeon has launched its Writing Program, designed to recruit a screenwriter with diverse skills and experience.</p> <p>Up for grabs: a writing position of up to one year, enabling the writer to work with existing Nickelodeon teams and take part in the different stages of creating a show.</p> <p>Full submission details on the following <a title="Plus d'infos sur Nickelodeon Writing Program" href="" target="_blank">Nickelodeon Writing Program</a> site.</p> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Annecy in Budapest for Animation Week The Annecy Festival will be present at the French Institute in Budapest during Animation Week from 26<sup>th</sup> to 29<sup>th</sup> January 2015.<br /><p>The French Institute in Budapest is presenting a selection of animation for one week in order for people to discover the best in recent Hungarian and international animation. The Annecy Festival and <a title="Visit Mome University website" href="" target="_blank">Mome University</a> (specialised in the visual culture of animation) are invited for the occasion.</p> <p>During the week, screenings of animated features and short films will be presented by their directors. Mickaël Marin, Head of Economic Development & Mifa, will be there to introduce several programmes of films from the Annecy Festival and also take part in panel discussions about animation.</p> <p>On the programme:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Monday 26/01:</strong> Best of Annecy screening, with an overview of the industry and presentation of the films by Mickaël Marin</li> <li><strong>Tuesday 27/01:</strong> Best of the Annecy Festival graduation films screening, followed by a panel discussion including Mickaël Marin</li> <li><strong>Wednesday 28/01:</strong> screening of <em>Approved for Adoption,</em> Audience Award and Unicef Prize at Annecy 2012</li> <li><strong>Thursday 29/01:</strong> screening of <em>My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill,</em> Special Distinction Annecy 2013</li> </ul> <p>Full programme details can be found on the <a title="Visit French Institute of Budapest website" href="" target="_blank">French Institute website</a>.</p> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Online Accreditation Opens Accreditation for taking part in the next Annecy Festival is now open.<br /><p>You can now get online accreditation at special rates to take part in the next International Animation Film Festival (15<sup>th</sup> to 20<sup>th</sup> June 2015) and Market (17<sup>th</sup> to 19<sup>th</sup> June 2015).</p> <p>Choose between the three accreditation possibilities offered to get the most out of the Festival, the Meetings and the Mifa, according to your needs and profile:</p> <ul> <li><strong><a title="Get accreditation!" href="" target="_blank">Festival</a>:</strong> 6 intense days to discover the best in animation! This year the Festival is paying tribute to women in animation and welcoming Spain as guest country. Your Festival accreditation will essentially enable you to attend screenings.</li> <li><strong><a title="Get accreditation!" href="" target="_blank">Meetings</a>:</strong> supplement your screenings by attending meetings with the biggest names in the business! Your "Meetings" accreditation gives you access to the different conferences, the Work in Progress and Making of sessions and Masterclasses. You'll also be able to discover the keynote speeches, new for this year. </li> <li><strong><a title="Get accreditation!" href="" target="_blank">Mifa</a>:</strong> take advantage of this leading animation event to meet key decision makers from the industry. Your "Mifa" accreditation gives you access to all the Festival and Meetings events and all the areas at the Market. Don't miss this year's edition celebrating Mifa's 30th birthday! </li> </ul> <p><strong>Zoom 2015</strong><br /> <a title="Check out the Festival Zoom 2015" href="" target="_blank">Check out the Zoom 2015 page</a> to find out about the main subjects for the next Festival and come back regularly so as not to miss updates!</p> <p><strong>Calendar</strong><br /> <a title="Submit a project" href="" target="_blank">Submissions close for the Mifa Call for Projects</a>: 13<sup>th</sup> February 2015<br /> <a title="Submit your film for 2015 official selection" href="" target="_blank">Submissions close for films</a> (except features): 15<sup>th</sup> February 2015<br /> <a title="Submit your film for 2015 official selection" href="" target="_blank">Submissions close for feature films</a>: 27<sup>th</sup> February 2015</p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 András Erkel dies András Erkel, noted Hungarian animator, tragically died on 29th December 2014, at the age of 52.<br /><p>The Annecy Festival is saddened to learn of the death of András Erkel, well known animator and founder of the <a title="Visit Baestarts animation studio website" href="" target="_blank">Baestarts animation studio</a> in Hungary.</p> <p>He was one of the producers of the successful TV series <em>Mr. Bean.</em></p> <p>Several of his productions have been selected at Annecy, including <em>Log Jam</em>, Cristal for a TV production in 2009.</p> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The Short Film Festival of Madagascar The Short Film Festival of Madagascar is opening up on an international scale for its 10<sup>th</sup> event.<br /><p><a title="Visit the Short Film Festival of Madagascar website" href="" target="_blank">The Short Film Festival of Madagascar</a> will be celebrating its 10<sup>th</sup> edition from 17<sup>th</sup> to 25<sup>th</sup> April 2015. To mark the occasion, the Short Film Festival association, the <a title="Visit the French Institute of Madagascar website" href="" target="_blank">French Institute of Madagascar</a> and <a title="Visit Rozifilms website" href="" target="_blank">Rozifilms</a> are organising the first Panafrican animated short film competition, open to all filmmakers in Africa and the Indian Ocean. The winner will be awarded with the gold Panafrican Zebu in Antananarivo.</p> <p>Over the past ten years the Short Film Festival has been contributing to the development of Malagasy cinema, highlighting the vitality and creativity of its filmmakers, whose work is often included in major international festivals.</p> <p>The Annecy Festival is once again supporting this event as partner for the Short Film Festival and this new Panafrican competition.</p> <p>Animators from Africa and the Indian Ocean should submit their animated films before Friday 30<sup>th </sup>January. Rules and <a title="Check out Regulations and Submissions of Short Film Festival of Madagascar" href="" target="_blank">regulations and submission</a> info can be found on the website</p> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Nous sommes Charlie The Annecy Festival is reeling from the shock with overwhelming feelings of deep sadness and revolt.<br /><p>We all stand firm to defend creation and freedom of expression. We are Charlie!</p> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Happy New Year! The team at the International Animation Film Festival and Mifa wish you a very Happy New Year 2015!<br /><p>While waiting for the next Annecy Festival, which will take place from 15<sup>th</sup> to 20<sup>th</sup> June, and the Market, from 17<sup>th</sup> to 19<sup>th</sup> June, the organising team would like to wish you a very Happy New Year.</p> <p>Don't miss the event of 2015: <strong>Mifa's 30<sup>th</sup> birthday,</strong> with a host of surprises in store!</p> <p>We look forward to seeing even more of you for next year's events.</p> <p>Until then, the first date for your diaries will be from 14<sup>th</sup> to 16<sup>th</sup> January in Grand-Bornand, for the 6<sup>th</sup> <a title="Visit the Forum Blanc website" href="" target="_blank">Forum Blanc</a>, for debates and presentations about transmedia projects.</p> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100