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Annecy Festival Residency

Annecy Festival Residency
  1. The Residency
  2. The call for projects 2022
  3. The 2022 winning projects
  4. The 2022 winning writers
  5. The 2021 Residency archives

In June 2020 CITIA launched the arts residency "Graphic development for animation feature film" to assist creation.

After supporting the development of three feature films until June 2021, it is time to discover the new projects that will be joining the Annecy Festival Residency 2022.

The Residency

With backing from the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Département de la Haute-Savoie, Drac, CNC and Netflix, CITIA, the organisers of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the Mifa, wanted to continue supporting animation feature film writers by giving them the time and a place to create, to network, to provide increased visibility, and continuous project support.

The Annecy Festival Residency provides a tailor-made offer to each of the selected projects, in an inspiring and stimulating ecosystem, as well as connecting with esteemed mentors in the animation sector.

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The 2022 call for projects

Following the call for projects in June 2022, 30 projects were submitted, 11 of which led by women, from 19 countries. In addition to the geographical diversity, this 2nd edition has revealed a variety of styles and genres, as well as less focus on projects for young audiences.
Therefore, it is among the committed and engaging projects leaning towards teen-adults that the consensus was reached by the selection committee comprising: Sara Wikler (Artistic Film Producer, Blue Spirit, Script Consultant), Damien Brunner (Producer, Folivari), Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec (Director), Laurence Petit (Distributor, Haut et Court) and Jérémy Clapin (Director).

The Advisory Committee brought together Catherine Puthod (Head of Film, Audiovisual and New Media, Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), Éloïse Braets (Head of the Territorial Cultural Development Unit, Département de la Haute-Savoie) as well as Marie Le Gac (Head of Development, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cinéma).

The winning projects in 2022

A member from each of the three projects will be hosted in Annecy by CITIA to join this second Annecy Festival Residency from 4th April to 30th June 2022.

  • Deep Fake by Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis (France).
    The story about a fictious virtual world, also known as a metaverse, in which Amy, a YouTuber artist who makes her living by doing ASMR performance videos. But her popularity is questioned when a lookalike hacks her account and posts controversial videos. The YouTuber will then do everything to prove her innocence and try to win back her community.
  • Dino Doom on Desert Planet by Zsuzsanna Kreif, Balázs Turai and Clare Macdonald (Hungary).
    A catastrophic love story between a humanoid slave, Azaz, and a teenage meteor girl, NIKU-278. Using wormholes to spy around the Universe, NIKU notices Azaz and falls fatally in love with him. She changes course and heads straight for Planet Urth, Azaz’s home. Urth is a depleted, desert planet where only a few humans, dinosaurs and cacti remain after a great catastrophe. The tiny civilization is divided into a majority of workers and a minority of rulers. Tensions are ever-present. The love story introduces a touch of romance into a world about to be destroyed.
  • Hanta by Emilio Ramos (Mexico).
    The story about freedom seekers. It is also the story about those who are silenced, imprisoned, and killed. In 1968, the writer Bohumil is censored when he is in the prime of his career. To save himself, he pretends to obey the current government while secretly writing a novel starring Hanta, an old paper presser of censored books. Bohumil's reality and Hanta's fiction intertwine in the midst of a dangerous context for both of them, from which they will only manage to free themselves through death.


The 2022 winning writers

Discover the writers of these future animated feature films who will be joining the Annecy Residency from April this year.

  • Ismaël Joffroy CHANDOUTIS
    Ismaël Joffroy CHANDOUTIS

    Director of Deep Fake


    After his studies in Belgium and France, at the Higher Institute of Arts (INSAS), the Sint-Lukas Higher Art School and Le Fresnoy ‒ National Studio of Contemporary Arts, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis develops a "cinématière", an artistic hybrid practice that expands cinema film into the field of contemporary art. His work questions technologies, memory, virtual reality, and explores the porous worlds of the image.
    His films have been selected and won awards at numerous international festivals (Cannes, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand), and been exhibited in prestigious places: the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Cartier Foundation, Paris; Le Fresnoy ‒ National Studio of Contemporary Arts, Tourcoing; La Villette and the City of Science and Industry, Paris; the Pearl Art Museum, Shanghai; the Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; and the Museum of Communication, Frankfurt.
    In 2021, his film Maalbeek notably received the André-Martin Award for a French Short Film at the Annecy Festival, the Adobe Prize and the Audience Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival, and was nominated for the European Film Awards.
    Ismaël is currently developing his first feature film, Deep Fake, selected at the Annecy Festival Residency and at the Critics’ Week Next Step programme at the Cannes Film Festival.

  • Zsuzsanna Kreif
    Zsuzsanna KREIF

    Co-director of Dino Doom


    I am Zsuzsanna Kreif, freelance animation film director and illustrator based in Budapest, Hungary, a graduate from MOME in 2014. My first animated short film, Limbo-Limbo Travel (2015) was a French-Hungarian co-production, selected for over 100 festivals, including Sundance. The film was also awarded several times and was eligible for the Oscars in 2016. From 2016-2018 I directed the 13-episode animated comedy series Candide with co-directors Balázs Turai and Nándor Bera. The series is a contemporary adaptation of Voltaire’s 18th century novel, a political satire reflecting on controversial phenomena around the world. Some episodes of the series were in competition at Annecy Festival or Slamdance. In 2020, I directed The Health Benefits of Yoga for Ted-Ed, and co-directed Kaleidoo, an animated sci-fi short for FX’s Cake Series together with Réka Bucsi and Balázs Turai. I am currently teaching in the animation department at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design.

  • Emilio RAMOS
    Emilio RAMOS

    Director of Hanta


    Emilio Ramos started working in animation 20 years ago. He studied Graphic Design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and received an MA in Animation from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona in 2006. His graduation film, Fog, was selected at 54 international film and animation festivals (including Annecy 2007), and won 12 prizes and special distinctions. Since 2010, he has directed several animated short films and audiovisual installations for museographic projects. In 2017, his short film Missing won Best Short Documentary in Guanajuato Film Festival, received a Special Mention in Zinebi Film Festival, and was in the Official Selection at Annecy and at the Ottawa Animation Festival. He is currently producing his first animated feature film: Hanta.

  • Balazs TURAI
    Balázs TURAI

    Co-director of Dino Doom


    I am Balázs Turai, a Hungarian animation designer. I completed a BA at the School of Graphical Research at St. Luc University, Brussels, in 2010, and an MA in Animation Design at MOME, Budapest, in 2012. I created the political web-series "Oligarchia" in 2015, and co-wrote and co-directed an animated series adaptation of Voltaire’s "Candide" between 2015 and 2018, with my colleagues Zsuzsanna Kreif and Nándor Bera. My first short film, "The Fall of Rome" was premiered at Animafest, Zagreb, in 2018. We completed "Kaleidoo", a sci-fi short with Zsuzsanna Kreif and Réka Bucsi in 2020. I am currently working on my second film, "Amok" and teaching Animation Design at a private school in Budapest.


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Residency Archives 2021

During the first Annecy Festival Residency, held from 5th April to 27th June 2021, three projects were chosen and hosted:

  • Piece by Alan Holly (Ireland)
  • Heirloom by Upamanyu Bhattacharyya (India)
  • Le Cœur à danser by Pierre Le Couviour and Amine El Ouarti (France)

(Re)discover these projects, their directors and the mentors who assisted them during their residency.

Residency Archives 2021

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June 2021

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November 2021

Selection announcement

4th April to 30th June 2022


A word from the selection commission

"The 1st edition of the Annecy Festival Residency enabled us to confirm and measure the importance of being able to have "time" in the creative process. This precious time, which provides the chance to develop, question, share, and more than anything to explore, to make a promise blossom and unravel it. In other words, this residency aims to nurture talents and works in the making.
Bearing this in mind, for this 2nd year’s selection, the commission once again wanted to prioritise projects that would benefit from the heart of this Residency: to provide authors with the necessary comfort to clarify their artistic approach, to enable them to explore the graphic identity of their films and to consolidate their creative desires. Providing authors with the equipment and time necessary to achieve an artistic approach that matches their projects’ audacity is the primary aim of our Festival and its Residency.
The 3 projects selected are diverse in their styles, techniques, and messages that they convey, but collectively they each have a strong message, a unique story, and significant resonance with today’s world.
We are convinced by this choice that this 3-month "happy cohabitation" in Annecy will stimulate the artists’ creativity and encourage them to delve as deep as possible into their research before delivering their first animation feature films."