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Annecy Festival Residency

Résidence Annecy Festival

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

The Residency

With backing from the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Département de la Haute-Savoie, CNC and France Télévisions, 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 call for projects

Following the call for projects in June, 32 projects were submitted, from 17 countries. As many mainstream projects as projects from more independent authors, that drew passionate discussions between the selection committee members: Sara Wikler (Artistic Film Producer, Blue Spirit, Script Consultant), Damien Brunner (Producer, Folivari), Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec (Director), Marc Bonny (Distributor) and Pierre Siracusa (Director of the Animation and Young Audiences' Unit, France Télévisions).

The Advisory Committee brought together Catherine Puthod (Head of Film, Audiovisual and New Media, Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), Aurore Fossard De Almeida (Visual Arts Project Manager, Département de la Haute-Savoie) as well as Marie Le Gac (Head of Development, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cinéma).

The winning projects

CITIA will invite a member of the team from each of these projects to Annecy, from 5th April to 27th June 2021, to be part of the first Annecy Festival Residency.

- Piece by Alan Holly (Ireland) A modern animated drama about societal pressures and anxieties and their impact on young people. The project follows seven adolescents who question themselves and the world around them.

- Heirloom by Upamanyu Bhattacharyya (India) A family tale that follows the life and rise of the young Solal over almost fifty years and pays tribute to centuries of textile traditions in India.

- Le Cœur à danser by Pierre Le Couviour and Amine El Ouarti (France) A fictional story, set in Brittany, about a young girl who takes it upon herself to organise a big party to celebrate the village’s men returning from the war. But, there’s no way of knowing if her father is among them. Her encounter with the legend of the City of Ys will guide her.


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A word from the selection commission

"This selection commission at the Annecy Festival residency is a major first. It was difficult for us to choose those who will be the pioneers. Among the diverse range of projects submitted by these passionate and creative artists, we had to identify who would put this experience to good use. Our three winners have profiles that are as unique as they are promising. The qualities of their projects guarantee very original first films and are a testament to how animation film is conducive to communicating our times. Let’s hope that this residency’s cocoon enables them to blossom fully."


June 2020

Registration opens

30th August 2020

Registration closes

November 2020

Selection announcement

5th April to 27th June 2021