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 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:00:29 +0200 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:00:29 +0200 Official Selection Online Check out the official selection (except feature films) for the upcoming Annecy Festival, taking place from 15<sup>th</sup> to 20<sup>th</sup> June 2015.<br /><p>The number of films sent into the Annecy Festival this year broke previous records, with <strong>2,606 films, 73 of which were features, coming from 95 different countries.</strong> This required over 390 hours of screening for the Festival's Artistic Director Marcel Jean and the Films & Programme Planning department to decide on which films would be presented in and out of competition.</p> <p>In the end, 198 films from 40 countries were chosen for the 2015 Official Selection, divvied up as follows:</p> <p><strong>In competition</strong></p> <ul> <li>53 short films </li> <li>29 TV films </li> <li>35 commissioned films </li> <li>49 graduation films</li> </ul> <p><strong> Out of competition</strong></p> <ul> <li> 32 short films</li> </ul> <p>Compared with 2014's Festival where Canada had a strong presence in the selection, this year, it's France, the USA and the United Kingdom in the lead with Germany and Belgium not far behind.</p> <p>We will be announcing the feature films in and out of competition shortly.</p> <p>Check out the 2015 Official Selection</p> <p><a class="btn btn1" title="Check out the Annecy Festival official selection" href=""> Official Selection</a></p> <p>Take advantage of reduced rates on accreditations until 3<sup>rd</sup> April for the 2015 Annecy Festival!</p> <p><a class="btn btn1" title="Get accreditation" href=""> Get accreditation</a></p> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Accreditation Price Increase Put Back The price increase originally set for the 31<sup>st</sup> March has been put back a few days.<br /><p>This year, a record number of over 2,600 films, including 72 features were submitted to compete in the Official Selection.</p> <p>Because of the large number of films to watch, the selection process for choosing the films in and out of competition is taking longer and means that the announcement of the Official Selection for Annecy 2015 has been put back for a few days.</p> <p>Similarly, the price increase in accreditation, initially set for 31<sup>st</sup> March, will not become effective till Friday, 3<sup>rd</sup> April.</p> <p>Keep in touch to find out about the Official Selection very soon!</p> <p><a class="btn btn1" title="Get accreditation" href=""> Get accreditation</a></p> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Moustapha Alassane has passed away Famous Nigerian director, actor and screenwriter, Moustapha Alassane passed away on 17<sup>th</sup> March at 73-years-old after a long battle with illness.<br /><p>Moustapha Alassane's passion for film was sparked when he met filmmaker Jean Rouch, who introduced him to the art. He then went to Canada where <strong>Norman McLaren taught him animation</strong> and where he made his first animated short, <em>The Death of Gandji, </em>in 1965.</p> <p>As one of the first African filmmakers, he contributed to putting Nigeria on par with Senegal as a leading country for cinema, in the 1970s.</p> <p>Throughout his career, he made around thirty animation films, some fictitious, some based on true events, satirically portraying his country's social situations and customs. He was also head of the film department at the University of Niamey for 15 years.</p> <p><strong>In 2007, he was a member of the jury at the Annecy Festival,</strong> which will honour him this June by showing one of his films as part of The Big Sleep, one of the Special Programmes dedicated to paying tribute to filmmakers who have left us over the past year.</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Masterclass with Genndy Tartakovsky Following Isao Takahata in 2014, the Annecy Festival is passing the mic to Genndy Tartakovsky for a noteworthy Masterclass.<br /><p>In June, the Annecy Festival will welcome a big name in animation, <strong>Genndy Tartakovsky,</strong> who will be leading a <a title="More info about Masterclasses" href="" target="_blank">Masterclass</a>. This discussion, open to all Festival Meetings badgeholders, will be the opportunity to discover Tartakovsky's world and to interact with him.</p> <p>Genndy Tartakovsky, acclaimed animator, director and producer for over 20 years, has <strong>received 12 Emmy nominations</strong> as well as the prestigious Winsor McCay Award at the Annie Awards.</p> <p>He has produced and directed many hit series, including his creations:</p> <ul> <li><em>Dexter's Laboratory </em></li> <li><em>Samurai Jack</em>: Special Award for a TV Series at Annecy 2002 </li> <li><em>Star Wars: Clone Wars</em></li> </ul> <p>As far as feature films go, his first achievement <em>Hotel Transylvania</em> was presented at a WIP session at Annecy 2012, then screened at an Open-Air Screening in Annecy and selected at the Annie Awards.</p> <p><strong>Come and join him in June</strong> and learn about his filmmaking and production experience and find out what he's got in store for the future!</p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Work in Progress: First Two Sessions Revealed! The Red Turtle and The Boy and the Beast will be deciphered during Work in Progress sessions at Annecy 2015.<br /><p>Annecy unveils two of the <a title="More info about Work in progress sessions" href="" target="_blank">Work in Progress sessions</a> that will take place at this year's Festival as a part of the Meetings.</p> <p><strong><em>The Red Turtle</em> by Michaël Dudok de Wit</strong><br /> Michaël Dudok de Wit will present his first feature <em>The Red Turtle,</em> expected to hit theatres early 2016. The Dutch animator will unravel the directing process for his film illustrating the key stages in a human being's life.</p> <p>Michaël Dudok de Wit is a regular at the Annecy Festival, already having earned awards for two of his shorts:</p> <ul> <li><em>Father and Daughter:</em> Grand Prix for Best Short Film and Audience Award at Annecy 2001, as well as the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2000</li> <li><em>The Monk and the Fish:</em> Special Mention for Artistic Quality at Annecy 1995 and the César for Best Short Film in 1996</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>The Boy and the Beast</em> by Mamoru Hosoda</strong><br /> Seiji Okuda will present his latest production in the making, <em>The Boy and the Beast</em> (working title), directed by the distinguished Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda.</p> <p>Producer Seiji Okuda will talk about this feature, scheduled for release in Japan in July 2015 and in France the 23<sup>rd</sup> December 2015, that explores the relationships between parents and their children.</p> <p>The film's director, Mamoru Hosoda, is the mastermind behind several big hits:</p> <ul> <li><em>The Girl Who Leapt Through Time:</em> Special Mention for a Feature Film at Annecy 2007 </li> <li><em>Summer Wars:</em> official selection at Annecy 2010 </li> <li><em>Wolf Children:</em> open-air screening at Annecy 2013</li> </ul> <p><strong>These first two Work in Progress sessions</strong> are setting the tone for the Meetings at Annecy 2015, promising plenty delightful discoveries!</p> <p>To take part in the 2015 Meetings, <a title="Get your accreditation to take part in the Meetings" href="" target="_blank">get your accreditation</a> before 30<sup>th</sup> March and take advantage of reduced rates.</p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Share your photos for the Mifa's 30th anniversary! In 2015, the Mifa is celebrating its 30th and wants you to participate in this milestone!<br /><p>We're inviting you to take part in this anniversary by sharing your memories of the Mifa. We are looking for photos from the Market's earlier years in particular.</p> <p>The idea behind this request is to retrace the Market's evolution through pictures, from its creation in 1985 until the 2014 event.</p> <p>By sharing your photos, you will be contributing to the promotion of the Mifa's 30th, helping to make it an event to remember.</p> <p>Your photos will be used on our different communication channels (<a title="Visit Annecy Festival website" href="" target="_blank">the Festival website</a>, <a title="Follow the Annecy Festival on Twitter" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a title="Follow the Annecy Festival Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a title="Follow the Annecy Festival on LinkedIn" href="" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a>, etc.).</p> <p>Please send in your photos with copyright mentions:</p> <ul> <li>by email @ <a title="Contact us" href=""></a></li> <li>by publishing them on our Twitter (<a title="Follow the Annecy Festival on Twitter" href="" target="_blank">@annecyfestival</a> or <a title="Follow all the news about the 30 Years of Mifa" href="" target="_blank">#30yearsMifa</a>)</li> <li>by publishing them on our <a title="Follow the Annecy Festival Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></li> </ul> <p>If you have any further questions concerning the distribution of your photos, you can write to us at <a title="Contactez-nous" href=""></a>.</p> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Regina Pessoa sets the tone for Annecy 2015 This year, the Annecy Festival entrusted the making of the poster to a renowned animator: Regina Pessoa.<br /><p>Regina Pessoa, a well-known Portuguese artist in the animation world, was asked to design the 2015 poster. A regular at the Festival, she received the Cristal for a Short Film in 2006 for her film <em>Tragic Story with Happy Ending,</em> which she had previously submitted to the Call for Projects in 2001 and in 2011, she was a member of the jury.</p> <p>Here she talks about her sources of inspiration behind the imagery, which is a testimony to her very peculiar world.</p> <p><em><strong>"</strong>I was inspired by different things for this poster: <br /> First of all, the poster is paying tribute to animation: the hands, wearing old gloves from the days of the first cartoons, are making shadow puppets, one of the first shapes ever projected and as old as mankind itself.</em></p> <em> </em> <p><em><strong>Le lapin… le lapin!...</strong><br /> This rabbit shadow puppet is my tribute to the Annecy Festival public. After 20 years of regular visits to the Festival, I've heard this unique and very enthusiastic chant from the public of "Le lapin… Le lapin!" many times.</em></p> <em> </em> <p><strong>Shadow puppets</strong><em><br /> The hands that are making the shadow puppets are a woman's. She is the main element of the poster because Annecy 2015 is dedicated to WOMEN.</em></p> <em> </em> <p><strong>The colours of Spain</strong><em><br /> This woman, dressed in red against a yellow background, is a flamenco dancer... because this year's guest country is my neighbour, Spain.</em></p> <em> </em> <p><strong>Personal world </strong><em><br /> Finally, since the Festival graciously asked me to create this poster, I've put a lot of personal touches into it... Especially my fascination for lights and shadows, which I believe sum up the cinema, and my rather sombre and textured style that is a little bit frightening and magical. Shadow puppets are often featured in my work, and rabbits in particular, as they are a secret reference to "Alice in Wonderland", a story that inspires and has been with me since I started filmmaking.<strong>"</strong></em></p> <p><a class="btn btn1 aff_modale" href=""> Check out the poster</a></p> <p><br />Get accreditation before 31<sup>st</sup> March to take advantage of reduced rates to take part in the Annecy Festival 2015!</p> <p><a class="btn btn1" title="Get accreditation" href="" target="_blank"> Get accreditation</a></p> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +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