Over 7,000 visitors were present to take part in the success of this year’s event.
In 2014, 7,100 badge holders came along to screenings of over 500 films from 73 countries. Stop-motion was in the spotlight with a number of special programmes, conferences and exhibitions.
Sneak previews such as How to Train Your Dragon 2, Saint Seiya Legend of Sanctuary, The Tale of Princess Kaguya and Feast delighted the public, as well as the open-air screenings on the Pâquier lawn in front of over 6,000 spectators each evening, often introduced by well-known filmmakers including Carlos Saldanha, Chris Butler and Dean DeBlois.
New for 2014, making some of the programmes available online on MyHomeFestival was a very successful move that attracted many animation fans, along with a new competition category, "Animation Off-Limits" that showed off short films exploring innovation and experimentation.
One of the biggest highlights of the week will remain the Honorary Award given to Japanese animation master Isao Takahata, who was visiting Annecy to present his last film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
Check out the official selection or 2014 to discover the features and short films in and out of competition, the special programmes, the screening events and the open-air screenings. You can also find out about the members of the juries and the prizewinners for 2014.
With 2,450 accredited delegates, 1,225 companies, 61 countries represented and 334 buyers, distributors and investors, Mifa 2014 was a great success, showing a 13 % increase in the number of exhibiting companies and first visits from a number of South American countries.
Although the Mifa has slowly been developing from a co-production market to a place for buying and selling programmes, other events put in place over the years like the Share With and Mifa Pitch sessions or the press conferences with French broadcasters are attracting an ever-growing public. The American majors including Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney and Pixar were also significantly present this year.
A year after the Mifa Pitch sessions, here's news about the development of some of the projects presented in 2013.
Mifa will be 30 in 2015, presenting the ideal opportunity to celebrate the animation industry in France and all over the world.
The conference programme has recently been repackaged to respond more effectively to its public of industry professionals, teachers ad students. It is now made up of three categories, Creation, Production Organisation and Business, providing analysis and reflection on all the processes of filmmaking, from creation to distribution as well as thoughts and ideas for the future of the industry.
37 international speakers from well-known companies such as Aardman Animations, studio LAIKA, Google or Disney accepted the invitation to talk during this year's series of 14 conferences.
Check out the list of speakers and the summaries of the conferences.
Work in Progress, Making of, Shorts & Breakfast, Feature Films in Competition Press Conferences, Master Classes, Signing Sessions... Just a few of the events on the programme giving visitors to Annecy the possibility to get an idea of what goes on behind the scenes of animation filmmaking and get up close to attending guests from the industry including Isao Takahata, Carlos Saldanha, Alexandre Astier and many others.
300 international journalists made the trip to Annecy this year, providing a total of over 600 articles in France and abroad about the event and over 50 reports on national TV channels.
Take a look at the press publications, the press review for 2014 and the photo library.
Browse through the videos of the last Festival (atmosphere, partners' trailer, interviews, Shorts and Breakfasts interviews, Gobelins films) and the photos taken during the week.
Take a look back over the highlights of Annecy 2014 and the Market in photos, videos and texts in the interactive Annecy Replay.
This year's Festival and Market owe their success to the 78 members of the organising team and the 493 temps, service providers and volunteers, without whom such an event would never get off the ground!
Take a look at the 2014 team.