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, 27 Apr 2015 13:17:31 +0200 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:17:31 +0200 The Prophet Will Be Screened at Annecy 2015's Opening Ceremony! This year, <em>The Prophet,</em> an animation collaboration will be screened at the Annecy Festival.<br /><p><strong>Salma Hayek</strong>, producer of <em>The Prophet</em>, will be in Annecy for the film's French premiere at the Festival's opening ceremony on Monday 15<sup>th</sup> June.</p> <p>Salma Hayek called on 9 of the biggest names in animation for this film, written and directed by <strong>Roger Allers</strong> (director of <em>The Lion King</em>) and inspired by <strong>Kahlil Gibran</strong>'s masterpiece. Each was given the mission of directing a sequence, depending on their artistic preferences, to complete a collective film, a sort of mosaic orchestrated by Roger Allers.</p> <p><strong>Synopsis</strong><br /> On the imaginary island of Orphalese, a mischievous and mute 8-year-old girl named Almitra fortuitously meets Mustafa, a political prisoner under house arrest and they form an unlikely friendship. But on the day that they meet, the government tells Mustafa that he is finally free and soldiers quickly escort him to a boat that will take him back home.</p> <p>On the way, Mustafa shares his poems and views on existence with the people of Orphalese while Almitra secretly follows him. At each step along the way, she dreams up sumptuous landscapes that illustrate his words. When the little girl learns that the government has plans to kill Mustafa, she decides to try anything to help him.</p> <p><a title="Get accreditation" href="" target="_blank">Don't forget to get your accreditation</a> online before 3<sup>rd</sup> June! </p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Hubert and Takako Dancing for the Mifa! Two Mifa regulars wanted to wish the Market a singing and dancing Happy Birthday!<br /><p>Hubert and Takako have decided to celebrate Mifa’s 30<sup>th</sup> birthday with some music and dancing! Coming from the <a title="Visit Xilam website" href="" target="_blank">Xilam</a> production company, Hubert, the pig, and Takako, the fly, might not have been made for each other in the beginning, but they wanted to wish Mifa many happy returns together!</p> <div class="illustration"> <div class="blc_iframe"><img class="blc_iframe_img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKhI+py+0Po5yUFQA7" alt="" /> <iframe src="" width="720" height="405"></iframe></div> <h6>The Annecy Festival would like to thank Marc du Pontavice, François Xavier de Maistre, Marine François and all the team at Xilam for their contribution.</h6> </div> <p>Xilam’s heroes like <a title="More info about Hubert and Takako" href="" target="_blank">Hubert and Takako</a> or <a title="More info about Oggy and the cockroaches" href="" target="_blank">Oggy and the cockroaches</a> are Annecy regulars, often seen in competition, screenings or even at a stand at the Mifa!</p> <p><strong>Check out previous messages online!</strong><br /> Other names from the world of animation have been sending birthday wishes to Mifa for its 30<sup>th</sup>. <a title="Visit Zoom 30 years of Mifa page" href="" target="_blank">Take a look at them here</a> to see what <em>DOFUS </em>and <em>WAKFU</em> from <strong>Ankama</strong>, Jean and Michèle from <em>My Mummy’s in America</em> from <strong>Label Anim</strong> and <strong>Melusine Productions</strong>, <em>Zip Zip</em> from <strong>Go-N Productions</strong>, <em>Heidi </em>from <strong>Studio 100 Animation</strong> and <em>Calimero </em>from <strong>Gaumont Animation</strong> have to say!</p> <p>And to keep up with all the latest news about Mifa's 30th, follow us on Twitter <a title="Follow us on Twitter" href="" target="_blank">#30yearsMifa</a> or join the event dedicated to 30 years of Mifa on <a title="Follow us on Facebook" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>Don't forget that you can contribute to the birthday celebrations <a title="More info" href="" target="_blank">by sending in photos of Mifa</a>, from when it was created up to last year's event.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 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>We are also available if you need us to scan your photos and/or negatives.</p> <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> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 The First Conferences Revealed! Take a glance at what's going on at the conferences this year as part of the Meetings programme.<br /><p>The Meetings offer was repackaged in 2014 to provide even more enlightening content. The revamp continues again this year and invites you to take part in the <a title="More info about the Conferences" href="" target="_blank">conferences</a> presented by animation experts ready to talk about their experience and give strategic points of view.</p> <p>With subjects about organisation, production, creation or financing, don’t miss these interesting moments of exchange about current and future issues concerning the industry.</p> <p>Overview:</p> <p><strong>Anatomy of a Studio: <a title="Visit Sergio Pablos Animaiton website" href="" target="_blank">Sergio Pablos Animation</a></strong><br /> Find out how this little Spanish animation studio is able to work with some of the biggest names in the industry like Universal, Blue Sky, DreamWorks or Warner Bros.</p> <p><strong>Animating without Dialogue: The Animation in the Feature <em>Shaun the Sheep Movie</em></strong><br /> Animator Will Becher takes us behind the scenes to reveal how the crew brought Shaun and his flock to life.</p> <p><strong>Pierre Coffin, Animator</strong><br /> From <em>Pings </em>and <em>Polar Bears</em> to <em>Minions</em>, Pierre Coffin’s talent as an animator has been well proven. He’ll be coming to tell us about his tastes and what inspires him.</p> <p><strong>TV Series: Is There a Recipe for a Successful Boy/Girl Series? </strong><br /> This conference is directly related to the theme of Annecy 2015: the place of women in animation.</p> <p>Full programme details available on the Festival site in May. Don’t forget to <a title="Get your accreditation" href="" target="_blank">get your Meetings or Mifa accreditation</a>, to take part in these conferences.</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 2 Birthdays for the Mifa's Opening Party! This year, we'll be celebrating a double whammy at the Mifa's opening party since the Market and CANAL J are both turning 30!<br /><p>The leading youth programmes channel in France, <a title="Visit CANAL J website" href="" target="_blank">CANAL J</a>, will also be celebrating their 30<sup>th</sup>. It's the perfect opportunity to join forces with the Mifa bash and to be the Market's partner for the opening party!</p> <p>So come by on Wednesday 17<sup>th</sup> June to help blow out the candles in a friendly atmosphere and ideal setting, La Plage de l'Impérial Palace, on the Mifa grounds.</p> <p>With many surprises in store, this party should be one for the books!</p> <p>This will also be a great occasion to present an exclusive documentary proposed by the TV department of <a title="Visitez le site Lagardère Active" href="" target="_blank">Lagardère Active</a> and produced by <a title="Visitez le site Label Image" href="" target="_blank">Label Image</a> retracing the past 30 years of French animated production that has strong links with Mifa and the Annecy Festival.</p> <p><em>Invitation required for the party.</em></p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Check Out the First Work in Progress Sessions The Work in Progress programme sets the tone for Annecy 2015's Meetings.<br /><p>The Work in Progress sessions are devoted to feature films in production and presented by the crews making them.</p> <p>These invaluable meetings are a great opportunity to get exclusive info about the first phases of animated feature production and converse with the crew on how the project is coming along.</p> <p>Here's a quick glance of what's in store at the Work in Progress sessions:</p> <p><strong><em>My Life as a Zucchini,</em> Claude Barras </strong><br /> The creators of this stop-motion feature, currently being made in the Rhône-Alpes, will let you in on some of the production techniques after one year of filming.</p> <p><strong>The Boy and the Beast (working title), Mamoru Hosoda </strong><br /> A few secrets will be revealed about the latest feature from the director whose many hits include <em>The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,</em> <em>Summer Wars</em> and <em>Wolf Children</em>.</p> <p><strong><em>The Red Turtle,</em> Michaël Dudok de Wit</strong><br /> A Festival regular who's been rewarded for two of his shorts, Michaël Dudok de Wit will do us the honour of presenting his first feature project.</p> <p><strong><em>Capture the Flag,</em> Enrique Gato</strong><br /> Keeping up with this year's guest country, this second feature project by the directors of <em>Tad, the Explorer </em>will give you a glimpse into Spanish production.</p> <p><strong>Gan Foundation Support For Distribution </strong><br /> <a title="Visit Gan Foundation website" href="" target="_blank">The Gan Foundation</a> will once again be rewarding a project presented at the WIP sessions. The support, worth 20,000 Euros, will be based on the project's ambition, design originality, production planning consistency and release strategy in French cinemas.</p> <p>Simon Rouby's film <a title="More info about Adama" href="" target="_blank"><em>Adama</em></a> won the prize in 2014.</p> <p><a title="Check out the WIP programme in May" href="" target="_blank">Full programme details of the WIP sessions</a> will be online in May.</p> <p><a title="Get accreditation" href="" target="_blank">Get Meetings or Mifa accreditation</a> right now to take part in these sessions.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 'My Mommy is in America' celebrates Mifa! Check out Jean and Michele, the two little heroes of My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill, who want to wish Mifa a happy birthday!<br /><p>The Festival welcomed these two characters for the first time in 2013 when Marc Boréal and Thibaut Chatel's film <em>My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill,</em> was in the Official Competition. It walked away with a Special Mention from the jury and was shown on the giant screen on the Pâquier.</p> <p>With this special link to the Annecy Festival, the film was very keen to take part in Mifa's birthday celebrations. In the feature, Jean and Michele like to meet up in the garden to read letters received from all around the world. But this time, <a title="Visitez le site Label Anim" href="" target="_blank">Label Anim</a> and <a title="Visit Melusine Productions website" href="" target="_blank">Melusine Productions</a> have given them a few witty and charming words to say in their message to Mifa.</p> <div class="illustration"> <div class="blc_iframe"><img class="blc_iframe_img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKhI+py+0Po5yUFQA7" alt="" /> <iframe src="" width="720" height="405"></iframe></div> <h6>The Annecy Festival would like to thank Marc BORÉAL, Guillaume Galliot and Thibaut CHATEL, along with the crews at Label Anim and Melusine Productions for their contribution.</h6> </div> <p><strong>Check out other messages online</strong><br /> Other names from the world of animation have been sending birthday wishes to Mifa for its 30<sup>th</sup>. <a title="Check out the Mifa 30 years page" href="" target="_blank">Take a look at them here</a> to see what <em>Zip Zip</em> from <strong>Go-N Productions,</strong> <em>Heidi </em>from <strong>Studio 100 Animation</strong> and <em>Calimero </em>from <strong>Gaumont Animation</strong> have to say!</p> <p>And to keep up with all the latest news about Mifa's 30<sup>th</sup>, follow us on Twitter <a title="Follow us on Twitter" href="" target="_blank">#30yearsMifa</a> or join the event dedicated to 30 years of Mifa on <a title="Follow us on Facebook" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>Don't forget that you can <a title="More info about the 30 years of Mifa" href="" target="_blank">contribute to the birthday celebrations</a> by sending in photos of Mifa, from when it was created up to last year's event.</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 50 ans d’une histoire animée The Annecy Festival is organised by CITIA, city of moving images, and its Chairman Dominique Puthod has just published a book on the history of the event.<br /><p>Dominique Puthod's book titled <em>Le Festival international du film d'animation : 50 ans d'une histoire animée</em> is available (in French) today at the official boutique : <a title="More info about Festival Boutique @ bdfugue" href="" target="_blank">Boutique du Festival @ bdfugue</a>.</p> <p>The Annecy Festival's history was not smooth sailing, there were many storms and changes of course along the way: the demonstrations were interrupted following the events in France of 1968; the administration office moved from Paris to Annecy in 1982; the Film Market was created in 1985; the Festival became annual in 1997... Dominique Puthod has put 50 years of history together for you to discover.</p> <p>To get this book, go to:</p> <ul> <li>Boutique du Festival @ bdfugue <br />Centre Bonlieu <br />1 rue Jean Jaurès <br />74000 Annecy </li> <li>Or order it online on <a title="Order the book online" href="" target="_blank">Le comptoir des presses d’universités</a>.</li> </ul> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Calimero wishes the Mifa a happy anniversary! Animation stars have been wishing the Mifa a happy 30<sup>th</sup>. Today, it's Calimero's turn!<br /><p>This June, the International Animation Film Market will celebrate its 30<sup>th</sup> year. The biggest animation stars and studios have already started to wish it a happy birthday.</p> <p>Today, it's the much loved Calimero and his studio Gaumont Animation who have reached out to send the Mifa its best wishes!</p> <div class="blc_iframe"><img class="blc_iframe_img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKhI+py+0Po5yUFQA7" alt="" /> <iframe src="" width="720" height="405"></iframe></div> <p>Don't miss out on news about the Mifa's 30<sup>th</sup> by following us on Twitter <a title="Follow the Mifa's 30th on Twitter" href="" target="_blank">#30yearsMifa</a>, or by joining the event on <a title="Follow the Mifa's 30th on Facebook" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>Don't forget that you can also contribute to the celebrations <a title="Send your Mifa photos" href="" target="_blank">by sending in Mifa photos</a> from its creation in 1985 through to last year's event.</p> <p><em>Annecy Festival thanks Mr BELAÏSCH Pierre and Mr DHRAMI Marc for their contribution.</em></p> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Les Espoirs de l'Animation 2015 The theme for the Espoirs de l'Animation 2015 has been announced: "Tous pareils, tous différents" (All the same, all different).<br /><p><strong>Concept</strong><br /> At the request of <a title="Visit Tiji website" href="" target="_blank">TiJi</a>, <a title="Visit Canal J website" href="" target="_blank">Canal J</a> and <a title="Visit Gulli website" href="" target="_blank">Gulli</a>, the Espoirs de l'Animation contest calls on students from five animation schools: La Poudrière (Valence), Emile Cohl (Lyon), l'école Estienne (Paris), EMCA (Angoulême) and Ésaat (Roubaix).<br /> Around the theme "All the same, all different", the students have one month to make a one-minute animation project. The students must respect specific guidelines; the channel's editorial line, target audience, etc.</p> <p><strong>Prizes</strong><br /> Two prizes will be given to reward the best projects:</p> <ul> <li><strong>L'Espoir du public</strong><br /> Young viewers can watch all the shorts on the three TV channels and vote to elect their favourite film on the different channels' websites.</li> <li><strong>L'Espoir du jury</strong><br /> A jury of professionals will choose one creation (from all three channels) based on animation production criteria.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Don't miss it!</strong></p> <ul> <li>From 11<sup>th</sup> - 31<sup>st</sup> May: The films will be broadcast on Gulli, Canal J and TiJi and on their websites</li> <li>Until 31<sup>st</sup> May : Children's vote on, and</li> <li>18<sup>th</sup> June: The prizewinning films will be announced during the <a title="Visit Annecy Festival website" href="" target="_blank">Annecy International Animation Film Festival</a>.</li> </ul> <p>For more information and to check out the 2014 Prizewinners, visit the <a title="Visit Espoirs de l'animation website" href="" target="_blank">Espoirs de l’Animation</a> website.</p> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +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 Keynote with Genndy Tartakovsky Following Isao Takahata in 2014, the Annecy Festival is passing the mic to Genndy Tartakovsky for his Keynote speech.<br /><p>In June, the Annecy Festival will welcome a big name in animation, <strong>Genndy Tartakovsky,</strong> who will be giving a <a title="More info about Keynotes" href="" target="_blank">Keynote</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 13 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