FAQ

FAQ
  1. Submit a film
  2. Submit a project
  3. Official selection
  4. Event Access

Summary

Find the most frequently asked questions classed by category.

 Submit a film

01 - Do I have to pay to enter my film?

No, there is no entry fee required.

But you have to pay transport costs (in both directions) for your film.

02 - I submitted my film last year and it wasn't selected. Can I submit it again this year?

No.

03 - Can I enter another episode of a series that was selected two years ago?

No.

04 – I would like to submit a feature film. What are the entry conditions?

The feature should have been made for the cinema and should have a running time of at least 60 minutes.

It should not have been commercially exploited in France (before or after its official release date) before the end of the Festival (17th June 2017).

05 - I have made a short film that could be developed into a series or feature: can I submit it to both the short film category of the Festival and the Feature Mifa Pitches?

You can only submit your finished short to the official selection in the short film category.

If you have developed this short film into a feature project you can submit it to the Mifa Pitches along with all the documents required by the regulations. However, the Mifa Pitches selection committee will evaluate it as a feature project and not judge the short film.

06 - My film has been selected. Do I have to pay for the subtitling?

Short films: The Festival will subtitle non-French short films presented in competition using laser engraving.


Non-French versions of feature films and TV films (series and TV specials) selected for the competition must be subtitled in French by the producers themselves, at their own expense.


French features and TV films (series and specials) selected for the competition must be subtitled in English by the producers themselves, at their own expense.


Out of competition features, graduation films in competition and Perspectives will be screened in their original version unless subtitled versions are supplied.

07 - If my film is selected, what's the deadline for sending in the screening copy?

The date is 20th May, but if we have to subtitle the film we will need it before 1st May.

 Submit a project

01 - I have written a screenplay for an animated film (feature, short, TV series or special), but I do not have all the graphic material available. Can I submit it to the Mifa Pitches in this state?

No. You must send all the graphic research material with your project. Also try to find a graphic designer to work with if possible.

02 - I have been working on my project during my animation studies. Can I submit it to the Mifa Pitches?

No. Your project should be completely personal and not part of your animation training course.

03 - I have been working on a project for a series that comes from a video game I have already produced. Can I submit it to the Mifa Transmedia Pitches?

No.
Your project for a series is a spin-off product.
The Mifa Transmedia Pitches are only open to projects originally created to be developed for at least 2 different media (cinema, TV, video games, mobile phones, internet...).

Projects for the cinema and TV only are also excluded.

04 - I submitted a project to the Mifa Pitches 2016, can I submit it again in 2017?

Yes, but only if it didn't win any prizes in 2016 and has undergone major changes in the meantime.

05 - I have made a short film that could be developed into a feature. Can I submit it to both the Festival selection in the short film category and the Mifa Feature Pitches?

You can only submit your finished short to the official selection in the short film category.

If you have developed this short film into a feature (or a series) you can submit it to the Mifa Pitches along with all the documents required by the regulations. However, the selection committee will evaluate it as a feature or series project and not judge the short film.

06 - I have a short film project but my storyboard only contains 3 key sequences. Can I submit it to the Mifa Pitches?

Yes.

07 - I have a feature film project, but I have not yet created the storyboard. Can I still submit it to the Mifa Pitches?

Of course, a storyboard is required for short film projects but not for features.

It is very important that your paperwork contains examples of the design and graphics to be used, to have an idea of the style and atmosphere of the project.

08 - I'm working on a project for TV and the internet, can I submit it to the two categories: "TV series or specials" and "transmedia"?

No. You cannot submit a project in two categories; you'll have to choose which one.

09 - I'm an animation student and I have been working on a project for a short film outside of my studies. Can I submit it to the Mifa Pitches?

Yes.

10 - I am a producer and I have a project for a series/short film. Can I submit it to the Mifa Pitches?

No.
The projects for TV series or specials and short films can only be submitted by one or more of the writers of these projects.

11 - It doesn't look as if I can submit projects for the Mifa Pitches if I am a producer.

Yes, you can. As a producer (associated or not with one or more creators), you can submit a feature or transmedia project, as long as all regulations in the category concerned have been respected.

12 - Where and when will the presentations take place for the projects selected for the Mifa Pitches?

All the presentations will take place at the Mifa Pitch sessions, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th June 2017.

13 - Can I submit a project adapted from a comic strip?

Yes, as long as you include an authorisation statement from the writer of the comic strip in question.

14 - Can I submit two projects?

As long as they are two different projects for two different categories (e.g. a short film project and a project for a series).

You can only submit one project per category.

15 - Can I submit my film (feature, short, TV series or special) for both the official selection and the Mifa Pitches?

No. If your film is finished or in production, you cannot submit it to the Mifa Pitches, which is only for projects in their first formulation stage and not yet in production.

16 - Can I only fill in the form online?

Yes.

17 - Who chooses the projects?

Panels made up of professionals including representatives from CITIA look after choosing projects for each category.

Several different partners offer prizes for the projects. Each partner chooses a particular project to reward.

For further information, please contact Géraldine Baché.

18 - Do I have accreditation if I submit a project in the Mifa Pitches?

No, only project leaders of selected projects receive a free accreditation.

19 - Can a project compete if a subvention has been asked for?

Yes, a project awaiting news of a subvention can compete, providing the subvention has not been granted before entering it for the Mifa Pitches. The information should be mentioned in the paperwork.

20 – What does "first presentation in Europe" mean?

Only projects that have never been selected or pitched at other European events can be submitted to the Mifa Pitches 2017 feature and TV series or specials categories. Networking and personal interviews with TV channels, financers and broadcasters are nevertheless possible.

 Official selection

01 - When will the list of films chosen for the official selection be announced?

The results will be published at the end of March for short films, TV and commissioned films and graduation films and at the end of April for features.

02 - How will I know if my film has been selected?

The list of films in the Official Selection and in competition will be available on www.annecy.org at the end of March (end of April for features).

Selected films: the Festival will inform the person who has submitted the film by email at the end of March. The invitation and/or accreditation form(s) sent with this mail should be returned before 30th April.
The person who has submitted the film must inform and forward documents to the film director(s).

Unselected films: the Festival will inform the person who has submitted the film no later than mid-April 2015.

If you haven't received this mail, please contact Laurent Million.

03 - My film has been selected in competition; what prizes is it up for?

The list of prizes is available in the regulations for the category concerned:

04 - My film is selected in competition, will I be invited by the Festival?

Invitation conditions are available in the regulations for the category concerned:

  
DIRECTOR

COMPETITION – Directors of short films in the Official Compétition, feature films, TV films (series or specials):

  • Accommodation for 6 nights for the director (one director only per film*);
  • "Festival + Meetings + Mifa" official selection accreditation for the director(s) appearing in the credits.

COMPETITION - Directors of Young Audience and Perspectives short films:

  • "Festival + Meetings + Mifa" Official Selection accreditation for the director(s) appearing in the credits. Accommodation is not offered.

COMPETITION - Directors of graduation films:

  • Accommodation in a holiday centre for 6 nights for the director (one director only per film*);
  • "Festival + Meetings + Mifa" official selection accreditation for the director(s) appearing in the credits.

* IN CASE OF CO-DIRECTION: ONLY ONE director can benefit from accommodation.

COMPETITION - Director of commissioned films (educational, scientific or industrial, advertising or promotional, music videos):

  • "Festival + Meetings + Mifa" official selection accreditation for the director(s) appearing in the credits. Accommodation is not offered.

OUT OF COMPETITION - Directors of features:

  • "Festival + Meetings + Mifa" official selection accreditation for the director(s) appearing in the credits. Accommodation is not offered.

   
PRODUCER

PRODUCERS OF FEATURES IN OR OUT OF COMPETITION

  • "Festival + Meetings + Mifa" accreditation(for one producer only, in case of co-production).
    Accommodation is not offered.

In no case will the Festival cover travel expenses.
The invitation and/or accreditation form(s) is/are sent to the person who submitted the film with the notification of the official selection results.
To be returned before 30th April to confirm your visit.

05 - My film has been chosen out of competition; what advantages do I have?

The feature films in the Official Selection out of competition do not compete for prizes, but are screened and highlighted as part of the Festival.

The directors (appearing in the credits) of features out of competition will be offered "Festival + Meetings + Mifa" official selection accreditation.

Accommodation and travel expenses are not offered.

06 - Several of us co-directed the film, will we all be invited by the Festival?

All directors appearing on the credits will be offered "Festival + Meetings + Mifa" official selection accreditation.

Accommodation offered to 1 director depends on the category.

07 - I'm the producer of a film in the official selection, what am I entitled to?

In accordance with the Festival regulations, only producers of features in the official selection will be offered "Festival + Meetings + Conferences" accreditation (for one producer only in the case of co-production). They must however pay for their own accommodation.

For the other categories, producers must get accreditation and reserve/pay for their own accommodation.

Producers with a film in the official selection are invited to the award ceremony on Saturday 17th June at 8:30 pm, followed by the closing party.

08 - I'm a director with a film in the official selection but I can't attend. Can I pass on my accreditation to someone else?

No. The invitation (whether an accreditation or accommodation) is strictly personal and non-transferable.
In no case can it/they be transferred to another person, even for a producer or if the invited director cannot come to the Festival.

The producer, or any other representative of the film wishing to attend Annecy 2017, must reserve and pay for accreditation and accommodation.

09 - What does official selection accreditation include?

This free accreditation offered to directors in the official selection is strictly personal and non-transferable and gives access to Mifa accreditation.

10 - Ticket reservation

The directors and producers of all films in the official selection (in and out of competition) must reserve their tickets online, even for the screening sessions of their films.

Online reservation is open from the beginning of June for those with accreditation, via Annecy Network.

12 - How do I confirm I'm attending the Festival?

Each director (and producer of feature films) must send back the invitation or accreditation form by email before 30th April to confirm their visit.

You will receive confirmation and necessary information for your stay by email from 29th May. Failing this, please contact Miila Norros.

Handy information for organising your stay:

13 - People travelling with directors

Any person travelling with directors will not have free accommodation or accreditation.

To attend Annecy 2017, they must get either

Accommodation,

  • if the person is sharing a room with the director (except for graduation films), supplements for a double room and breakfasts must be paid for personally (maximum 50 EUR per night)
  • if not, reserve and pay accommodation

14 - I have not received my accreditation/invitation form

Contact Miila Norros specifying your full name and film title.

15 - My film was not chosen by the Festival; how can I take part?

The person who submitted the film should receive official notification (no later than mid-April) that the film has not been selected.

To take part in Annecy, you must get your own accreditation and reserve accommodation.

 Event Access

01 - How to prepare my visit?

In order to offer you the best possible welcome, inform you about the arrangements at the different sites or how to reserve seats, please contact us by email before your visit: info@citia.org.

Please note that not all our screening theatres provide access to small PRM groups. Requests of this nature should be made to our Ticketing department.

02 - Which sites have PRM access?

Most of the event sites have PRM access.

However, in order to welcome you under the best conditions, you should inform the hospitality staff on arrival.

03 - Who should I contact?

If you were unable to let us know beforehand about your visit, go to the reception area of the site or if you would like to get into an event:

  • telephone +33 (0)4 50 10 09 00 and one of the team will help you get into the theatre;

OR

  • call one of our team in person (T-shirt Annecy 2017), who will make the necessary arrangements.

We will do all we can to help, just let us know!

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