Annecy Logo Annecy en Copyright 2021, CITIA Site officiel du Festival, du Marché du film d'animation, des Conférences et du Carrefour de la Création d'Annecy. 1440 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 19:38:36 +0200 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 19:38:36 +0200 Annecy 2021 Accreditations Accreditations for the 2021 edition of the Annecy Festival and the Mifa are now open!<br /><p>Between <strong>spotlighting animation from the African continent </strong>and <strong>celebrating the Festival’s 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary</strong>, it is a rich, diverse and festive programme that awaits the public and professionals, and which will be revealed online in the coming weeks!</p> <p>This year the Annecy International Animation Film Festival will be held from Monday 14<sup>th</sup> to Saturday 19<sup>th</sup> June 2021 and the International Animation Film Market (Mifa) will take place from Tuesday 15<sup>th</sup> to Friday 18<sup>th</sup> June 2021.</p> <p>For this 2021 edition, <strong>our offer is adapted to the current context to give you 2 formulas</strong> to meet everyone’s desires and needs, whether you are professionals, students, moviegoers or animation enthusiasts!</p> <ul> <li>By choosing the <strong>hybrid formula</strong>, you experience the buzz of the on-site event, enjoy watching films on the big screen, discuss with professionals whilst also having access to the exclusive online content via our viewing platform.</li> <li>With the <strong>online formula</strong>, enjoy the Festival at home using our connected tools and watch some of the Official Selection (excluding the Feature Films, TV Films and VR Works) remotely, attend meetings around films and the animation industry and discuss with professionals.</li> </ul> <p>Discover the <a title="Check out the Festival+ Offer" href=""><strong>Festival+</strong></a> and <a title="Check out the Mifa Offer" href=""><strong>Mifa</strong></a> offers related to these 2 formulas.</p> <p>Whether you are on-site or at home, enjoy the best of creation and choose the accreditation that best suits your profile. <strong>Don’t delay, take advantage of the special rates until 15<sup>th</sup> May!</strong></p> <p><a class="btn btn1" title="Get my accreditation " href="">> Get my accreditation </a></p> <p><strong>   <br />Restrictions Relating to the 2021 Context</strong></p> <p>In 2021, in the current healthcare context, the <strong>number of accreditations</strong> on sale related to the hybrid formula <strong>will be limited</strong>. Sales of one or more of the accreditation types could close earlier if the maximum limit is reached.</p> <p>Furthermore, the online offer will not give access to the entire Official Selection. The <strong>Feature Films, TV Films and VR Works in competition</strong> will <strong>only be available on-site</strong>.</p> <p>Exceptionally, due to the rights holders’ requirements, <strong>some films may not be accessible in certain territories</strong>, or may see their <strong>access limited to a maximum number of views</strong>. Therefore, it is possible that you may not have access to all the programming for the entire event.</p> Mon, 19 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 'Balconada': A New Winner Congratulations to the Bulgarian project <em>Balconada</em> that joins the Animation du Monde Pitch Sessions.<br /><p>For the very first time, the <a title="Visit CEE Animation Forum website" href="" target="_blank">CEE Animation Forum</a> and the Mifa have collaborated to identify a short animation film from a country with a limited production capacity and give it visibility at the 2021 Mifa Pitches.</p> <p>Among the projects studied, it was the Bulgarian short film <em><strong>Balconada</strong></em> by <strong>Vessela Dantcheva</strong> (producer) – <a title="Visit Compote Collective Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Compote Collective</a>, <strong>Iva Tokmakchieva</strong> (scriptwriter) and <strong>Kamelia Tavitian</strong> (associate producer) that joins the Animation du Monde Pitches. Its force is in its graphical individuality and unique narrative.</p> <p>This project is a part of the <a title="More info about the CEE Animation Workshop" href="" target="_blank"><strong>CEE Animation Workshop</strong></a>, a training programme in project development and producers’ skills, intended for film professionals from countries with low production capacity in the animation sector. In this context, yearlong assistance will aid them to prepare in the best conditions possible for the Pitch Sessions at the Annecy International Animation Film Market in June 2021.</p> Thu, 01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 First Part of the Official Selection First stage in the 2021 edition: the announcement of the selection of Short Films, Graduation Films ans TV & Commissioned Films!<br /><p>More than 2,700 films were registered in these categories, coming from almost one hundred different countries. Here is the selection:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Short Films in competition: </strong><br /><strong>44</strong> in the Official, <strong>8</strong> in the Off-Limits category, <strong>22</strong> in the Perspectives section and <strong>12</strong> in the Young Audiences section, of which 43% were directed by women. </li> <li><strong> Graduation Films in competition: </strong><br /><strong>46</strong> films, of which 60% were directed by female students.</li> <li><strong> TV and Commissioned Films in competition: </strong><br /><strong>26</strong> films TV and <strong>32</strong> Commissioned Films (for respectively 27 and 38% female directors).</li> </ul> <p><strong>> <a title="Check out the first part of the 2021 Official Selection" href="">Check out the 2021 Official Selection</a> </strong></p> <p>"<em>There’s no surprise to find that the 2021 selection of short films is marked by themes and questions linked to the pandemic. Festival regulars will be pleased to find several familiar names competing: <strong>Franck Dion, Joanna Quinn, Jalal Maghout, Joan Gratz, and Georges Schwizgebel</strong>… Some may also be surprised to see the <strong>Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk</strong>, winner of the Caméra d’or at Cannes in 2001 for</em><strong> Atanarjuat</strong><em>, among the directors in the selection at Annecy. Here he directs his first animation short film </em><strong>Angakuksajaujuq </strong><em>(</em><strong>The Shaman’s Apprentice</strong><em>)</em><em>. Ultimately, it’s a diverse selection that confirms the growing presence of a new generation of female French directors (Marine Blin, Kajika Aki Ferrazzini, Jeanne Apergis, Claire Sichez) and where formal exploration opens the doors to experimentation (works by Paul Wenninger and Erick Oh), as well as off-the-wall humour (films by Luis Nieto and Daniel Moshel).</em></p> <p><em>Several of the graduation films are rooted in modern times, through concerns about new technologies, artificial intelligence and in general about humans’ place in the world. These anxieties find an equivalent with the technologies employed: digital 3D, video game engines, new images, etc.</em></p> <p><em>A few words about the commissioned films to highlight the high standard of the music videos’ selection allowing us to discover filmmakers who have already won awards at Annecy: <strong>Nina Paley, Mirai Mizue, Martina Scarpelli</strong>, and more.</em></p> <p><em>Lastly, the 2021 selection gives pride of place to African animation with works from <strong>South Africa, Ghana, Egypt and Kenya</strong>, and it once again testifies to the immense diversity from this continent. While, on all the sections so far, we have selected films from <strong>53 countries</strong>, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Macedonia and Pakistan."</em></p> <p><strong>Marcel Jean, Artistic Director</strong></p> <p>   <br />The <strong>Feature Films </strong>and <strong>VR Works</strong> in the Official Selection will be unveiled<strong> later</strong>.</p> <p>    <br />This Annecy 2021 Official Selection is carried out by the Artistic Director, <strong>Marcel Jean</strong>, the Films & Programme Planning team, <strong>Laurent Million</strong>, <strong>Yves Nougarède</strong> and <strong>Sébastien Sperer</strong> as well as:</p> <p><strong>Cécile Giraud</strong> (Short Films): <br />She is Project Manager for Nouvelle-Aquitaine Independent Cinemas, where she supports animation films, documentaries and films for young audiences. She is currently writing her first animation series.</p> <p><strong>Marie-Pauline Mollaret</strong> (Graduation Films): <br />Marie-Pauline Mollaret is a journalist and film critic. She writes for various specialist film magazines, including "L’Avant-scène Cinéma" and "Bref", as well as for the website <a title="Visit website" href="" target="_blank"></a> where she is Chief Editor. Since 2016, she is also a member of the short films’ selection committee for La Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Festival.</p> <p><strong>Clémence Bragard</strong> (TV & Commissioned Films): Specialised in film animation project development, she is currently programmer of the National Animation Film Festival for the AFCA and presenter for the Annecy Festival.</p> <p class="illustration"><img title="Annecy 2021 Selection Committee members - Photos : S.Matter/CITIA - All Rights Reserved" src="" alt="Comité de sélection Annecy 2021" width="456" height="337" /></p> <p><a class="btn btn1" href=""><span class="icon20_go"> </span> Check out the Official Selection </a></p> <p><strong>    <br />Coming soon, more information about Annecy 2021</strong> (content, when accreditations are opening, access procedures, etc.)</p> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Discover the Residency’s Mentors While the Annecy Festival residents’ arrivals are imminent, work is already underway for them thanks to their mentors’ assistance.<br /><p>In February, we presented the <a title="More info about the writers" href="" target="_blank"><strong>writers</strong></a> who were selected to participate in the first Annecy Festival Residency dedicated to developing feature film animation. While their arrival approaches, they have already begun working on their projects.</p> <p>Since January 2021, scriptwriting assistance was provided to each resident. The several online sessions, punctuated with time to reflect and rewrite, brought the directors step-by-step towards a clear and solid narrative arc. A necessary step to provide the best on-site work focusing on the graphic development of their animation feature film.</p> <p>The choice of "artistic mentors" was self-evident, the work-lines clearly setting the expectations and thus the profiles sought after. Now, discover the mentors who have agreed to assist our three residents by immersing themselves in their stories as much as in their visual worlds.</p> <p>The mentors for the <strong>scriptwriting aspects</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Sara Wikler</strong>, artistic producer at Blue Spirit Productions, is assisting the project <em>Le Cœur à danser</em>. </li> <li><strong>Sébastien Tavel</strong>, scriptwriter and director, and <strong>Claire Fouquet</strong>, animator, director, artist and teacher, are assisting the project <em>Heirloom</em>. </li> <li><strong>Pierre Hodgson</strong>, scriptwriter and director, is assisting the project <em>Piece</em>.</li> </ul> <p><strong><a title="Read the biographies of the mentors" href="" target="_blank">Read their biographies</a> </strong></p> <p>     <br />The mentors for the <strong>graphical development aspects</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec</strong>, animator, artist and director, is assisting the project <em>Le Cœur à danser</em>. </li> <li><strong>Reza Riahi</strong>, director, is assisting the project <em>Heirloom</em>.</li> <li><strong>Adrien Mérigeau</strong>, scriptwriter and director, is assisting the project <em>Piece</em>.</li> </ul> <p><strong><a title="Read the biographies of the mentors" href="" target="_blank">Read their biographies</a> </strong></p> <p>     <br />Remotely, then on-site, this expert mentoring should enable each artist to reap the benefits of this assistance.</p> <p>Find out about these mentors’ careers as well as the writers and projects selected for this Annecy Festival Residency starting in April. </p> <p><a class="btn btn1" href=""> <span class="icon20_go"> </span> More info</a></p> Fri, 26 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Winners of the Shortway Call for Projects Congratulations to Nicolás Contes and Rosario Carlino, winners of the Shortway call for projects with their Argentinian project <em>Steps to Fly</em>.<br /><p>For the second year running, the <a title="Visit Pixelatl Festival website" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Pixelatl Festival</strong></a> and the <a title="More info about Animation du Monde scheme" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Mifa Animation du Monde</strong></a> scheme have renewed their partnership for the <a title="More info about the Shortway call for projects" href="" target="_blank">Shortway</a> call for projects. Once again, it was a huge success with 178 animation short films submitted!</p> <p>The tough selection gave only 11 projects the opportunity to take part in the digital Bootcamp held on 15<sup>th</sup> to 19<sup>th</sup> March 2021. Each project leader was able to meet several French and international experts in individual sessions, in order to clarify and develop their stories.</p> <p>At the final pitch session on Friday 19<sup>th</sup> March each project leader was able to show a video presentation of their project. The jury, comprising <strong>Caroline Attia</strong> (graphical and litterary author), <strong>Ivan Zuber</strong> (producer, <a title="Visit Laïdak Films website" href="" target="_blank">Laïdak Films</a>), <strong>Éric Réginaud</strong> (Head of <a title="Visit Ciclic Animation website" href="" target="_blank">Ciclic Animation</a>) and <strong>Géraldine Baché</strong> (Head of Projects, Mifa) had the difficult task of choosing their winner among a collection of promising projects and talented writers.</p> <p>However there was one that unanimously stole everyone’s hearts: the project <em><strong>Steps to Fly</strong></em> by <strong>Nicolás Contes</strong> and <strong>Rosario Carlino </strong>(Argentina). So, it has been selected for the Animation du Monde Mifa Pitches, check it out in June.</p> <p class="illustration"><img title="Steps to Fly by Nicolás Contes and Rosario Carlino (Argentina)" src="" alt="Steps to Fly" width="600" height="200" /></p> <p>The jury wanted to reward a second project for its passion and "decadence" that promises a short film overflowing with pep and energy! Hence, a Special Distinction was awarded to <em><strong>Where Is My Espresso</strong></em> by <strong>Sebastián García</strong>, <strong>Luisa Velásquez</strong> and <strong>Felipe Rodriguez</strong> (Colombia). You will also be able to discover it in June when it is presented during the Pitch sessions.</p> <p class="illustration"><img title="Where Is My Espresso by Sebastián García, Luisa Velásquez and Felipe Rodriguez (Colombia)" src="" alt="Where Is My Espresso " /></p> <p>Congratulations to all the participants and the winners, and see you in June 2021 to discover these promising projects at the Annecy International Animation Film Market!</p> Thu, 25 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 International Mifa Campus in Nigeria The International Mifa Campus, held in Nigeria, has revealed its 5 winning projects. They will be available to see during the Mifa Pitches 2021.<br /><p>Nigeria is one of the African territories that is booming, with a sector in full expansion and talented creators who are eager to learn. In this context, the Mifa has set up its<strong> International Mifa Campus</strong> scheme, in partnership with Animation Nigeria and the <a title="Visit French Embassy website" href="" target="_blank">French Embassy</a> in Nigeria.</p> <p>The scheme aroused interest from animation professionals after the call for projects was launched on the territory. Among the projects submitted, seven took part in a remote workshop between 1<sup>st</sup> and 15<sup>th</sup> March 2021.</p> <p><strong>Simon Rouby</strong> (director), <strong>Ivan Zuber </strong>(producer, Laïdak Films) and<strong> Géraldine Baché</strong> (Head of Projects, Mifa) followed each project leader step-by-step, guiding them to question their own stories and little-by-little to find their own pathway. The goals were twofold: to evolve each project and provide the consistency necessary to face the market and prepare for the pitching exercise to promote their project to a professional audience, who are looking for original content. In addition to the one-on-one, each expert was able to share their experience on specific case studies, showing behind-the-scenes direction and production in France and Europe.</p> <p>At the end of the two weeks, the project leaders played along by presenting a video pitch demonstrating the lessons learned over the previous two weeks. In the end, five projects were chosen to be presented at the Mifa Pitches 2021 and thereby introduce Nigerian animation.</p> <p>Congratulations to all the winners, of which the first project won a special award: </p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Joko & Dide</em></strong>, Mbuotidem Johnson, TV Special (Basement Animation)</li> <li><em><strong>Artifacts</strong></em>, Stanlee Ohikhuare, Feature Film</li> <li><em><strong>Animah’s Journey</strong></em>, Brian O. Wilson, Feature Film (Zero Gravity Studios)</li> <li><em><strong>Maapu</strong></em>, Segun Samson & Omotunde Akinode, TV Series</li> <li><strong><em>Locked Down</em></strong>, Oyinkan Odunlami, TV Series</li> </ul> <p class="illustration"><img title="International Mifa Campus Nigeria" src="" alt="International Mifa Campus Nigeria - Photo : DR" width="600" height="320" /></p> <p>See you in June to discover these promising projects during the Annecy International Animation Film Market.</p> Fri, 19 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 The Festival Poster is revealed! Energy, joy and a luminous horizon for the 2021 Annecy Festival and Mifa poster!<br /><p>The Annecy Festival really wanted to call upon Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo again to do the 2021 poster.</p> <p>After a completely online 2020 edition, the tribute to animation from the African continent and the Festival’s 60th anniversary were rescheduled for this year, we wanted this explosion of colours and energy again that brought the lakeside to life in our poster last year. Let’s hope they can once again vibrate throughout the city this June!</p> <p>"<em>Annecy loves supporting creators. It’s an integral part of our DNA. Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo is a regular at Annecy and his latest film </em><strong>Make It Soul</strong><em>, presented at the 2018 Festival, summarised the festive and energetic spirit of the event. We will remember when Jean-Charles and his friends invaded the stage to dance joyously as the credits finished rolling out, carrying the spectators along for the ride. This poster is also a reminder of this magical moment that only Annecy holds the secret.</em>"<br /><strong> Marcel Jean, Artistic Director </strong></p> <p class="illustration"><a style="padding-right: 0;" href="" target="_blank"><img title="Annecy 2021 Poster – Illustration: Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo" src="" alt="" /></a></p> <p>"<em>I am immensely honoured to work on the poster again for the 2021 edition.<br /> I would really have loved to collaborate a second time with Simon Roussin, like last year, but he was already committed to a personal project.<br /> I felt the need to do this poster on paper, maybe to push myself to return to a more traditional art form on a daily basis, but also because screens have taken up even more place in our lives since the current health crisis began. <br /> The theme is similar to 2020, so I kept to our guideline, the pantsula, a traditional South African dance that symbolises the modern view I have of Africa.<br /> I wanted to link this with a unique character: an older woman, independent, free and joyous, who is enjoying the sun’s rays reflecting on the lake.<br /> Last year’s Festival was online, let’s hope we can all join the pantsula dancers on the Annecy pontoons this June 2021!</em>"</p> <h2 style="margin-top: 30px;">Biography</h2> <p><strong>Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo</strong></p> <p class="illustration"><img title="Photo : DR" src="" alt="" /></p> <p>Born in Lyon in 1984, Jean-Charles studied at the École Émile Cohl in the filmmakers’ section and graduated in 2007 with a commendation from the jury. <br /> His graduation film <em>The Heart is a Metronome</em> won the prize for Best First Film at the Hiroshima Festival in 2008. <br /> Drawing is his prime passion, but dance has always been a part of his means of expression. He joins the Stylistik dance company in 2008. In June 2012, Jean-Charles learns sign language so he can write and direct <em>The Sense of Touch</em>, under the friendly watchful eye of Emmanuelle Laborit. This second short film, combining the aesthetics of dance and sign language, receives more than 20 international awards, among over 60 festival official selections.<br /> <em>Les Mots</em> is the first stage show choreographed by Jean-Charles – a solo for two performers – that sees the light of day in early 2017. He continues this working journey using non-verbal communication. <br /> His last film, <em>Make It Soul</em>, with Simon Roussin’s graphics, is designed to pay tribute to the essence of African-American music, by reviving Solomon Burke and James Brown. It was nominated for the César for Best Short Animation Film 2020.<br /> He is currently working on a hybrid documentary series (animation and live shots).</p> <p><a class="btn btn1" href=""> <span class="icon20_hd"> </span> Download the Annecy 2021 Poster</a></p> <p style="margin-top: 30px;">The Annecy Festival team is working on a hybrid edition that will be held <strong>from 14<sup>th</sup> to 19<sup>th</sup> June</strong>. We are in the process of finalising the on-site and online offers, and various access formulas that will be presented when accreditations open in April.</p> Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Call for Projects Meet the Composers Directors and producers, do you have a 50% financed animation project and you need to complete its musical universe?<br /> Don’t delay, register your projects and meet the composers at the 2021 Mifa!<br /><p><strong>The Mifa and the Aubagne International Film Festival, in partnership with the Sacem, are providing support to producers and directors looking for a musical universe for their next animation film.</strong></p> <p>During the 2021 Mifa, 15<sup>th</sup> to 18<sup>th</sup> June, you can meet the appropriate composers during dedicated meetings.</p> <p>This scheme aims to:</p> <ul> <li>Support the production of original music for animation film </li> <li>Accompany young composers devoting themselves to composing music for images towards professional integration </li> <li>Facilitate meetings and future collaborations</li> </ul> <p class="illustration"><a title="Visitez le site du Festival d'Aubagne" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="Festival Aubagne" width="456" height="100" /></a></p> <p>Don’t delay, you have until <strong>15<sup>th</sup> March 2021</strong> to register your projects!</p> <p><strong>> <a title="Check out terms and conditions for registration" href="" target="_blank">Registration and terms and conditions</a></strong><br /> If you have any questions, contact us at this address: <a title="Contact us" href=""></a></p> Mon, 15 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 The Annecy Festival Residency’s Winning Writers The three projects, chosen for the Annecy Festival Residency dedicated to animated feature film, were revealed recently. Let’s now learn a little more about the writers.<br /><p>In April, CITIA will launch its first <a title="More info about the Annecy Festival Residency" href="" target="_blank">Annecy Festival Residency</a> focused on "Graphic Development for Animated Feature Films". After a call for projects, the selection committee decided on <a title="More info about the 3 projects" href="" target="_blank">three promising projects</a> that were unveiled in November: <em>Piece</em>, <em>Heirloom</em> and <em>Le Cœur à danser</em>.</p> <p>Today, we would like you to discover these future animation feature film writers who will be joining the Residency in Annecy for three months starting in April. They will be assisted in the development of their graphics to enrich their narratives.</p> <p><strong>Pierre Le Couviour and Amine El Ouarti, Co-directors of <em>Le Cœur à danser</em>, France</strong><br /> At the outset, they followed different paths: <strong>Pierre Le Couviour</strong> acquired an HND in Graphic Design at the <a title="Visit Olivier de Serres School website" href="" target="_blank">Olivier de Serres School</a> – where he created the comic magazine <em>Flûtiste</em> with his friends – and <strong>Amine El Ouarti</strong> trained as a surveyor. Subsequently, they both went to the <a title="Visit Georges Méliès Animation School website" href="" target="_blank">Georges Méliès Animation School</a>. Their graduation film <em>Kali Mata</em> was their first collaboration. They then continued to work together on various projects, for example, <em>La Cité emmurée</em>, a short film currently produced by the company <a title="Visit Special Touch webiste" href="" target="_blank">Special Touch</a>. <em>Le Cœur à danser</em> is their first feature film project.</p> <p><strong>Upamanyu Bhattacharyya, director of <em>Heirloom</em>, India</strong><br /> <strong>Upamanyu Bhattacharyya</strong> is an animator, filmmaker, comic book artist and illustrator. He graduated from the <a title="Visit the National Institute of Design website" href="" target="_blank">National Institute of Design</a>, Ahmedabad, India (2014). He co-directed <em><a title="More info about Wade" href="" target="_blank">Wade</a></em> (2019) with Kalp Sanghvi, an short film, which won the City of Annecy Award at Annecy 2020. He is a founding partner of <a title="Visit Ghost Animation website" href="" target="_blank">Ghost Animation</a>, Kolkata, and Otter Studios. Currently, he is finishing work on his next solo-animated short film, <em>Ten</em>, a dark comedy about the mass exodus from Bangladesh in 1971. He is also developing his first feature film, <em>Heirloom</em>, set in Ahmedabad in the 1960s.</p> <p><strong>Alan Holly, director of Piece, Ireland</strong><br /> <strong>Alan Holly</strong> is an Irish artist and animation filmmaker and a founder of And Maps And Plans, an independent studio working to produce artistically driven long- and short-form projects directed predominantly towards older audiences.</p> <p>Soon, we will introduce <strong>the mentors</strong> who will be assisting these writers to develop their animation feature film projects.<br />      <br /></p> <p>To learn more about the <a title="More info about the Annecy Festival Residency" href="" target="_blank">Annecy Festival Residency</a><br /> <strong>Contact:</strong> <a title="Contact Géraldine Baché" href="">Géraldine Baché</a>, Head of Education & Projects Mifa</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 FILMS and PROJECTS: Last Chance Before Submissions Close! Hurry up and submit your films and projects to try to participate in Annecy 2021!<br /><p><strong>In 2021, we hope to see many of you at Annecy, and online</strong>, for the great animation party!</p> <p>To try your luck at <strong>competing in the Official Selection with your films, or have your projects selected at the Mifa Pitches</strong>, in this unmissable global event of the year, register now!</p> <h2 style="margin-top: 30px;">I am submitting a film!</h2> <p>Important: the <strong>submission deadline is 15<sup>th</sup> February 2021</strong> for:</p> <ul> <li>Short Films </li> <li>TV Films </li> <li>TV Commission Films </li> <li>Graduation Films</li> </ul> <p>The submission deadline is <strong>15<sup>th</sup> March 2021</strong> for <strong>Feature Films</strong>, and <strong>6<sup>th</sup> April 2021</strong> for VR Works.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> <strong><a title="Contact Laurent Million" href="">Laurent Million</a></strong>, Head of Films & Programme Planning</p> <p><a class="btn btn1" href="" target="_blank"> Submit a film </a></p> <h2 style="margin-top: 30px;">I am submitting a project!</h2> <p><strong>Submissions until 7<sup>th</sup> February:</strong> in a few days’ time, it will be too late!</p> <p><strong>Opportunities:</strong></p> <ul> <li>participate in the Mifa Pitches and present your project to an audience consisting of over 200 professionals </li> <li>benefit from specialised support via the Training Workshop to practise pitching (<a title="More info about the Training Workshop sessions" href="" target="_blank">more info on the 2019 sessions</a>) </li> <li>compete for a Partner Award (SACD – official partner –, Disney Channel, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Open Workshop, etc.) </li> <li>receive a Mifa accreditation</li> </ul> <p><strong>Important:</strong><br /> The Webseries projects can compete in the TV Series & Specials category.<br /> The Digital Experiences category enables new forms of innovative artistic creations compete.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> <a title="Contact Géraldine Baché" href=""><strong>Géraldine Baché</strong></a>, Head of Education & Projects Mifa</p> <p><a class="btn btn1" href="" target="_blank"> Submit a project </a></p> Wed, 03 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 2nd Workshop in Jerusalem Discover the winners of the Annecy International Workshop organised in Jerusalem as part of the International Mifa Campus scheme.<br /><p>The <a title="Visit Jerusalem Film Fund website" href="" target="_blank">Jerusalem Film Fund</a>, the French Embassy in Israel, and the <a title="Visit Institut Français in Israel website" href="" target="_blank">Institut Français in Israel</a> renewed their support for local creation offering 8 project leaders the opportunity to follow a remote support programme over several weeks. The scheme is part of the Mifa Campus led by the Mifa teams and aims to guide, create and evolve animation projects as they are just beginning.</p> <p class="illustration"><img src="" alt="" width="600" height="148" /></p> <p>The project leaders taking part in the Workshop were lucky to be coached by three complementary experts:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Delphine Farhi Nicolini</strong>, freelance Animation Consultant and Artistic Producer  </li> <li><strong>Sophie Caron</strong>, Head of Development, Ellipsanime Productions </li> <li><strong>Sébastien Tavel</strong>, Writer and Director </li> </ul> <p>Since 15<sup>th</sup> December 2020, group and individual work sessions have enabled each candidate to improve their skills and have greater maturity. Everyone has practiced pitching ready to deliver the fruits of their work this Wednesday 20<sup>th</sup> January.</p> <p>Congratulations to the project leaders who were selected at the end of the Pitch session:</p> <ul> <li><em>The Pit</em> ‒ <strong>Stav Levi</strong> </li> <li><em>The End</em> ‒ <strong>Anan Gibson</strong> </li> <li><em>Sleeping Ass Beauty</em> ‒ <strong>Hadas Almagor</strong> </li> <li><em>That Bitch, Korky</em> ‒ <strong>Aya Honig & Raz Sonnenfeld</strong> </li> <li>Special Distinction for <em>2:51</em> ‒ <strong>Moria Koren</strong></li> </ul> <p>The winners now access the second stage of the workshop with follow-up support and individual preparation between February and this coming June. The aim is to improve further and be ready to present the most advanced version of their projects during an Israeli Partner’s Pitch.</p> Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Happy New Year 2021 All the team at CITIA, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Mifa organisers, wish you a very Happy New Year 2021.<br />2021 is upon us, and the CITIA team hopes you have a year full of creativity, exciting projects, and most important of all that it is an animated one!<br /><br />Our dearest wishes are to be able to return to movie theatres as soon as possible and to celebrate animation together at the next edition of the Annecy Festival, 14<sup>th</sup> to 19<sup>th</sup> June 2021.<br /><br /> <div class="blc_iframe"><img class="blc_iframe_img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKhI+py+0Po5yUFQA7" alt="" /> <iframe src="" width="560" height="315"></iframe></div> Our greeting cards are created in collaboration with the 3<sup>rd</sup> year students from the <a href="" target="_blank">École des Nouvelles Images</a> where they offer higher education courses in animation and 3D imaging professions.<br /><br />During these eight greeting cards, you will discover the two themes that we wanted to showcase for 2021: returning to movie theatres and getting together again in Annecy with all our public.<br /><br /> <p><a class="btn btn1" title="Watch the videos" href="" target="_blank"><span class="icon20_go"> </span> Watch the videos </a></p> Thu, 07 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Happy New Year All the team at CITIA, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Mifa organisers, wish you a very Happy New Year 2021.<br />2021 is upon us, and the CITIA team hopes you have a year full of creativity, exciting projects, and most important of all that it is an animated one!<br /><br />Our dearest wishes are to be able to return to movie theatres as soon as possible and to celebrate animation together at the next edition of the Annecy Festival, 14<sup>th</sup> to 19<sup>th</sup> June 2021.<br /><br /> <div class="blc_iframe"><img class="blc_iframe_img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKhI+py+0Po5yUFQA7" alt="" /> <iframe src="" width="560" height="315"></iframe></div> <br />Our greeting cards are created in collaboration with the 3<sup>rd</sup> year students from the <a href="" target="_blank">École des Nouvelles Images</a> where they offer higher education courses in animation and 3D imaging professions.<br /><br />During these eight greeting cards, you will discover the two themes that we wanted to showcase for 2021: returning to movie theatres and getting together again in Annecy with all our public.<br /><br /> <p><a class="btn btn1" title="Watch the videos" href="" target="_blank"><span class="icon20_go"> </span> Watch the videos </a></p> Thu, 07 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Bruno Edera has Died TV Producer-programmer and animation film historian, Bruno Edera, supported the professionalisation of this sector in his country by founding the Swiss Animation Film Group. He died on 17<sup>th</sup> November.<br />Born on 3<sup>rd</sup> November 1937 in Sainte-Croix, in the Vaud canton in Switzerland, as a teenager Bruno Edera already filmed his first amateur productions before founding two film clubs in his hometown and in La Chaux-de-Fonds.<br /><br /> <div>He began his career at Paillard-Bolex producing cinematographic equipment as a machine draftsman. Later, his passion for animation permitted him to join <strong>Télévision Suisse Romande</strong> (TSR), first as an expert collaborator in this field, then in charge of animation film co-productions, and finally, until he retired, as producer of television programmes such as <em>Sauce cartoon</em> or <em>A comme animation</em>.</div> <br /> <div>From 1968, at a time when animation was still fairly unknown in his country, and when people pursued it in a more self-taught, hand-crafted and solitary manner, he has the bright idea of getting animators, directors, technicians and producers together to share their experiences. With Nag and Gisèle Ansorge, Georges Schwizgebel, Claude Luyet and Daniel Suter, he establishes the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Swiss Animation Film Group</strong></a> (GSFA), and the very first meeting takes place in his kitchen at home in Onex.<br />In 2020, this section of the ASIFA (International Animation Film Association) will gather together around 200 Swiss professionals.</div> <br /><br /><br /> <div>                                           <img src="" alt="" width="190" height="190" /> <img style="vertical-align: middle;" title=" " src="" alt="" width="190" height="190" />    </div> <br /><br />Bruno takes part in many festivals throughout his career. Each of them <a href="" target="_blank"><em>"plays an important role in his activity"</em></a>, providing the opportunity to meet Russian, Polish or Czech creators, when everyone is still only talking about American productions.<br />The event that influences him the most, in the early 1960s, is the <strong>Annecy Festival</strong> (that at the time is known as Journées internationales du cinéma d’animation, JICA). He becomes a member of the board of directors of the organising structure, which is called the Centre international du cinéma d’animation (CICA), and subsequently remains a very dear friend of the event. <br /><br /><strong>A true animation film archive</strong>, Bruno Edera publishes many articles in specialist magazines, as well as the works, <em>Full Length Animated Feature Films</em> (1977) and <em>Histoire du cinéma suisse d’animation</em> (1978). With <em>À la découverte d'un cinéma méconnu : Le Cinéma d'animation africain</em> (in collaboration with the Annecy Festival, 1993), he is the author of one of the very first publications on the subject. <br />He would’ve been thrilled to learn that Annecy 2021 was going to pay tribute to animation from this continent. <br /><br />In 1988, in recognition of his full career, he is presented the <strong>Raoul Servais Award</strong>.<br /><br />In his later years, an illness slowly erases Bruno Edera’s memory and his life-long journey and Covid takes him at the age of 83. <br /><br /><strong>For more information:</strong><br /> <ul> <li>The <a href="" target="_blank">tribute</a> from his friends, Georges Schwizgebel and Claude Luyet <em>(French only)</em></li> <li>TV Onex replays a 2019 <a href="" target="_blank">documentary</a> dedicated to the GSFA's 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary <em>(French only)</em></li> </ul> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Annecy Festival Residency: The 3 Winning Projects CITIA reveals the 3 projects that will inaugurate the 2021 artists’ residency dedicated to animation feature film.<br /><div>Last June, CITIA, the organisers of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, announced the creation of the arts residency "<strong>Graphic development for animation feature film</strong>" with backing from the <a title="See the website" href="" target="_blank">Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes</a>, <a title="See the website" href="" target="_blank">Département de la Haute-Savoie</a>, the<a title="See the website" href="" target="_blank"> CNC</a> and <a title="See the website" href="" target="_blank">France Télévisions</a> – this is a new milestone in the shared history between the Annecy region and animation film.</div> <br /> <div>During the summer, <strong>32 projects</strong> were submitted,<strong> from 17 countries</strong>: France, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Georgia, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Hungary, India, Dominican Republic, Serbia, China, Turkey, Mexico, and the Philippines. Because the three-month residency for graphic treatment is intended to enrich the narrative, the maturity of the script was one of the criteria for the selection process.</div> <br /> <div>A wide range of genres were represented, from mainstream projects to projects from more independent authors. An eclecticism that drew passionate discussions between the selection committee members: <strong>Sara Wikler</strong> (Artistic Film Producer, Blue Spirit, Script Consultant), <strong>Damien Brunner </strong>(Producer, Folivari), <strong>Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec</strong> (Director), <strong>Marc Bonny</strong> (Distributor) and <strong>Pierre Siracusa</strong> (Director of the Animation and Young Audiences' Unit, France Télévisions).</div> <br /> <h2>The 3 winning projects</h2> <div><em><strong>- Piece </strong></em>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.</div> <br /> <div><em><strong>- Heirloom </strong></em>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.</div> <br /> <div><em><strong>- Le Cœur à danser</strong></em> 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.</div> <br /> <p><img src="" alt="" width="185" height="278" /> <img src="" alt="" width="185" height="278" /> <img src="" alt="" width="185" height="278" /></p> <br /> <div>CITIA will invite a member of the team from each of these projects to Annecy, <strong>from 5<sup>th</sup> April to 27<sup>th</sup> June 2021</strong>.</div> <br /> <div>Know more about <a title="Discover the Annecy Festival Residency" href="">the Annecy Festival Residency</a>.</div> <div><strong>Contact</strong>: <a title="Contact Géraldine Baché" href="">Géraldine Baché</a>, Head of Education & Projects Mifa.</div> Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:58:00 +0100