Annecy Logo Annecy en Copyright 2019, CITIA Site officiel du Festival, du Marché du film d'animation, des Conférences et du Carrefour de la Création d'Annecy. 1440 Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:07:27 +0100 Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:07:27 +0100 Happy New Year 2019! The entire team at CITIA, organisers of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the Mifa, wish you an excellent 2019!<br /><p>New projects, enriching encounters and overflowing creativity: CITIA wishes you a marvelous 2019, devoted to animation!</p> <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> <p>CITIA are thrilled to renew their collaboration with the students at the École des Nouvelles Images, who are responsible for this animated greeting card.</p> <p>Check out the other five greeting cards created by the students for the same promotion.</p> <p><a class="btn btn1" title="Voir les vidéos" href="" target="_blank"> <span class="icon20_oeil"> </span> Watch the videos </a></p> <p>Stay connected to receive all the latest news that we have in store for 2019!<br /><strong>     </strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Visit Ecole des Nouvelles Images website" href="" target="_blank">The École des Nouvelles Images</a>  </strong><br /> The École des Nouvelles Images provides higher training of excellence in Avignon. Over a period of 5-years of studies the students learn about all the animation and computer graphics professions.<br /> The greeting cards were created by the 3<sup>rd</sup> year students. This team exercise is the first project of the year (using any choice of techniques). Then, during the second trimester a 3D creative exercise is organised. <br /> From script writing to the movie theater, students validate their knowledge through all the stages of 3D production. Intense and structuring, the École des Nouvelles Images reveals the characters of each individual and faces them up to the realities of the professional world.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0100 Mifa 2019 – Our International Representatives The Annecy International Film Animation Market is all over the world!<br /><p>The Mifa is the largest international market dedicated to animated film. It is organized alongside the Annecy International Film Animation Festival, and will take place <strong>from 11<sup>th</sup> to 14<sup>th</sup> June 2019</strong>.</p> <p>To help your participation run smoothly and answer any questions you may have we are working with the official representatives from all the continents.<br /> Please contact them for information or to organize your trip in the best possible way.</p> <p><strong>Japan: <a title="Contactez Akira Yamaguchi" href="">Akira Yamaguchi</a></strong></p> <p><strong>South Korea: <a title="Contactez André Lee Seung-wook" href="">André Lee Seung-wook</a></strong></p> <p><strong>India & South East Asia: <a title="Contactez Anand Gurnani" href="">Anand Gurnani</a></strong></p> <p><strong>USA: <a title="Contactez Heather Kenyon" href="">Heather Kenyon</a></strong></p> <p><strong>China: <a title="Contactez Chloé Rui Guo" href="">Chloé Rui Guo</a></strong></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Annecy: official festival partner with the Annie Awards™ Annecy joins the Ottawa, Hiroshima and Zagreb festivals by becoming a partner of the Annie Awards™, that are organised by the ASIFA-Hollywood, International Animated Film Society.​<br /><p>As part of these partnerships, ASIFA-Hollywood has allowed the festivals’ grand prize winners to submit their work for Annie Award™ consideration at no charge. This year, there are 10 festival grand prize winners who have submitted for an Annie Award™. The hope is that these festival partnerships will help to expand the scope of the Annie Awards™ internationally.</p> <p>When asked about this festival initiative, <strong>Frank Gladstone</strong>, ASIFA-Hollywood's executive director remarked, "<em>For years, we have been trying to enlarge the scope of the Annie Awards to include more international productions. Adding Annecy and the other major animation festivals as Annie partners is another way to bring an expanding world-wide scope to both our event, as well as giving well- deserved industry attention to so many more worthwhile projects.</em>"</p> <p>"<em>We are thrilled to collaborate with ASIFA-Hollywood in promoting artistic animated creations.<br />This is an additional opportunity to support films and directors by giving them improved visibility competing at the prestigious Annie AwardsTM, who give genuine acknowledgment to animation professionals.</em>"<br /><strong>Mickaël Marin</strong>, CEO, CITIA</p> <p><strong>ASIFA-Hollywood</strong><br /> ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international ASIFA organization, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, Animation Educators Forum, animated film preservation, special events, scholarships and screenings.</p> <p>For more information: <a title="Visit ASIFA-Hollywood website" href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0100 2 winners at the Animation du Monde in Africa Congratulations to the project leaders Dami Solesi and Nildo Essa for their two TV series. They are the winners of the Animation du Monde in Africa Pitches.<br /><p>For the second time, the International Annecy Animation Film Festival and its Market joined with AAN (<a title="Visit African Animation Network website" href="" target="_blank">African Animation Network</a>), to radiate across the entire African continent and discover the talents to present to the Animation du Monde.</p> <p class="illustration"><a title="Visit African Animation Network website" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" width="298" height="95" /></a></p> <p>The AAN relied on 5 events during the year to reach out to as many territories as possible. During the call for projects launched at the <a title="More info about Discop Abidjan" href="" target="_blank">Discop and Abidjan Discomic</a> (Ivory Coast), Nairobi (Kenya), Zanzibar, Lagos (Nigeria) and Johannesburg (South Africa), more than 70 projects competed.</p> <p>Only 10 of these were invited to the <a title="More info about the workshop in Johannesburg" href="" target="_blank">Animation du Monde workshop in Johannesburg</a>. The candidates could work on and refine their projects with the support of the following experts:</p> <ul> <li>Rathan Sam Georges (VP Operations & Development, <a title="Visit Toonz Media Group website" href="" target="_blank">Toonz Media Group</a>, India) </li> <li>Mike de Seve (script writer/story consultant, <a title="Visit Baboon Animation website" href="" target="_blank">Baboon Animation</a>, USA) </li> <li>Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord (directors, <a title="More info about Zombillenium movie" href="" target="_blank"><em>Zombillenium</em></a>) </li> <li>Géraldine Baché, head of projects at Mifa.</li> </ul> <p>A final Pitch session held after the workshop enabled them to choose the two projects that will be invited to Annecy in June 2019 to participate in the Animation du Monde Pitches. They are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Dami Solesi</strong> for his TV series project <em><strong>The Makerbolts</strong></em> (Nigeria) </li> <li><strong>Nildo Essa</strong> for his TV series project <em><strong>The Trouble Makers</strong></em> (Mozambique).</li> </ul> <p>Congratulations to the two winners and RDV in June during the Mifa to discover their projects.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Death of Catherine Charmet Catherine Charmet, markets manager for TV France International, passed away Monday 20<sup>th</sup> November in Paris.<br /><p><strong>Catherine Charmet</strong>, who accompanied the audiovisual exporters for over 20-years at the heart of <a title="Visit TV France International website" href="" target="_blank">TV France International</a>, passed away due to an accident 20<sup>th</sup> November, at the age of 53. Her extraordinary personality and energy touched everyone who had the good fortune to meet her.</p> <p><strong>Hervé Michel</strong>, president of TV France International reacted with these words following the news of her passing: <br /> <em>"I have known Catherine since she arrived at TV France in the mid-1990s, at the beginning of our association. She was one of the first to join us and supported our development with unparalleled enthusiasm. All our members are fully aware of her devotion and loyalty through the international events she organized with such talent, authority and good humor. To the question ‘How’s Catherine?’ she invariably replied, ‘Couldn’t be better.’ And that is the memory we keep of her today.<br /> All those at TV France have lost a passionate and devoted colleague, and above all a friend, and they join in the grief of her husband, two daughters and her mother."</em></p> <p>The entire Festival’s team also reunite in the grief of Catherine Charmet’s family, colleagues and friends.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Annecy officially launches its Animation Cinema City Following the vote by the Municipal Council at Annecy Town Hall on Monday 12th November, the Council have officially announced the launch of its Animation Cinema City.<br /><p>For nearly 60 years Annecy has hosted the world’s largest festival dedicated to animation, organized by CITIA. In 2018 almost 12,000 professionals and animation enthusiasts, from 90 different countries, have gathered together in Annecy to celebrate animated film. Over the years Annecy has become the number one artistic and professional meeting place.</p> <p>Following the vote by the Municipal Council at Annecy Town Hall on Monday 12<sup>th</sup> November, the Council have officially announced the launch of its Animation Cinema City. This project will provide the world capital of animated film a permanent showcase entirely dedicated to this art form.</p> <h2>An ambitious project sees the light of day: The Haras, an architectural landmark nestled in a haven of green</h2> <p>It is here at the heart of the city, nestled in 2.6 hectares of lush greenery and surrounded by historical architecture, that the project first saw the light of day. The Haras was built in 1885, a contemporary of the birth of cinema. Annecy Town Hall acquired the Haras in 2013, and the transformation of this 19th-century heritage site addresses three specific issues:</p> <ul> <li><strong>restauration of 6500 m² of the heritage site and the enhancement of its 2.6 hectare parkland; </strong></li> <li>opening the site so that it will be a <strong>lively and convivial place to meet,</strong> notably with the installation of the <strong>gourmet market-hall; </strong></li> <li>and lastly, the creation of <strong>an emblematic venue, unique in Europe, dedicated to the world of animated film.</strong></li> </ul> <h2>The creation of an Animation Cinema City, a legitimate choice</h2> <p><strong>Since 1960, by virtue of its Festival, and later its International Animation Film Market, Annecy has become the world’s leading reference in the field of animated film.</strong></p> <p>Promoting the Moving Image and making it accessible to the widest audience possible throughout the year and for all generations are CITIA’s main objectives. CITIA is a resource and expertise centre in the field of Image and Creative Industries. Since 2006, beyond the June events, CITIA’s initiatives have evolved considerably.</p> <p>Hence the launch of the <strong>Animation Cinema City is a logical outcome for both CITIA and Annecy Town Hall. Six schemes are already in the pipeline:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>A temporary exhibition on an international scale <br /></strong></li> <li><strong>A permanent exhibition <br /></strong></li> <li><strong>An artist in residence <br /></strong></li> <li><strong>A screening room <br /></strong></li> <li><strong>Areas devoted to the Animation Education <br /></strong></li> <li><strong>A venue for experimenting with creative animation in all its forms!</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>An architect’s competition</strong> has been launched and the winning team will be selected in Spring 2019. The inauguration of the Animation Cinema City is scheduled for the beginning of 2023.</p> <p><em>“To ensure Annecy’s identity in the field of animated film, the Town Hall is implementing an ambitious project for an Animation Cinema City located at the Haras, in an architecturally stunning and green setting.” </em><br /><strong> Jean-Luc Rigaut, Mayor of the New Annecy Township<br /></strong></p> <p><em>“This project will allow the public to discover all forms of creation and innovation, and to even experiment by trying them out. This will symbolize the permanent nature of animated film in Annecy”.</em><br /><strong> Dominique Puthod, Chairman of CITIA, Delegated Mayor of Annecy</strong></p> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Animation du Monde: a Winner in Armenia The Animation du Monde workshops are underway and at ReAnimania the "Quand je suis triste" project by Lilit Altunyan was chosen after the pitch sessions.<br /><p>For the <a title="Visit ReAnimania Festival website" href="" target="_blank">Festival ReAnimania</a> in Erevan, in Armenia, and as part of the Mifa Animation du Monde, a delegation of professionals from the sector went there to supervise a workshop.</p> <p>Seven projects took part in the workshop, directed by 3 experts: <strong>Corinne Destombes</strong> (Producer, Folimage), <strong>Arthur de Pins</strong> (Director, Comic Illustrator) and <strong>Géraldine Baché</strong> (Head of Éducation à l’image & Mifa Projects).</p> <p>On completion of four days of work and a final pitch session, the project <em><strong>Quand je suis triste</strong></em> by <strong>Lilit Altunyan</strong>, won the Grand Prix, this allows her to present it at the Animation du Monde Pitch Sessions in June 2019 in Annecy.</p> <p>The quality of the Armenian projects was so high the experts decided to issue two additional awards:</p> <ul> <li>a Special Distinction for the project <em><strong>Ha ?</strong></em>, by <strong>Yelling Animation Studio</strong>, which highlights the freshness and innovation of Armenian animation.</li> <li>a Coup de Cœur Award for the project <em><strong>Aurora’s Sunrise</strong></em>, by <strong>Inna Sahakyan</strong>, an animated documentary (feature film) historical, deep and poignant.</li> </ul> <p>Congratulations to all the winners and see you at the Annecy International Animation Film Market in June 2019 to discover Lilit Altunyan’s project.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Submissions are open for Annecy 2019 Are you a director or project leader of an animation film? Submit it for the next Annecy Festival and Mifa.<br /><p>Would you like to present your animation film to the official selection during the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019? Or, would you like to present your animation film project at the Mifa Pitch sessions? Submissions are open!</p> <h2>Submitting films</h2> <p>To compete in the official selection during the next edition of the Festival, register your film in the corresponding category as of today. NB: there is a new section for Feature Films, <strong>Contrechamp</strong>, that replaces the out of competition category, and <strong>virtual reality</strong> has now become a competitive category! <a title="More info about the first major changes for Annecy 2019" href="" target="_blank"><strong>For more info</strong></a></p> <ul> <li>Short Films </li> <li>Feature Films </li> <li>Television Films </li> <li>Commissioned Films </li> <li> Graduation Films</li> </ul> <p>To submit a virtual reality work, choose the registration form corresponding to your film category and tick the "Virtual reality" box at step 3.</p> <p>You have until <strong>15<sup>th</sup> February 2019</strong> to submit your Short Films, Commissioned Films, Television and Graduation Films, until <strong>15<sup>th</sup> March 2019</strong> for your Feature Films and until <strong>15<sup>th</sup> April 2019</strong> for Virtual reality.</p> <p><a class="btn btn1" title="Submit your film online" href="" target="_blank"> <span class="icon20_form"> </span> Submit your film online </a></p> <h2>Submitting film projects</h2> <p>To present your animation film project at the Annecy International Animation Film Market, to a professional audience, fill in the registration form now.</p> <ul> <li>Short Films </li> <li>TV Series & Specials </li> <li>Feature Films </li> <li>Interactive creations & Transmedia </li> <li>Animation du Monde</li> </ul> <p>You have until <strong>4<sup>th</sup> February 2019</strong> to register your animation film project in your chosen category.</p> <p><a class="btn btn1" title="Submit your film project online" href="" target="_blank"> <span class="icon20_form"> </span> Submit your film projetct online </a></p> <p>   <br />Don’t waste another minute to take part in the Annecy 2019 adventure, where Japanese animation will be honored. Rendezvous 10<sup>th</sup> to 15<sup>th</sup> June for the Festival and 11<sup>th</sup> to 14<sup>th</sup> June 2019 for the Mifa.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Annecy 2019, changes! The feature film out of competition category is replaced by a competitive section, more women on the selection committees, and development of VR. These are the first major changes for our next edition!<br /><p><strong>A new feature film competitive section</strong></p> <p>Due to the considerable development of feature film production globally, 2019 Annecy inaugurates a new section that has just been added to the official competition: <strong>Contrechamp</strong>. <br /> This new section brings together a dozen feature films, with the view of <strong>offering a better showcase for the most unique feature films, as well as those that create more challenges vis-à-vis the audience.</strong> <br /> Therefore, the feature film out of competition category will be replaced by Contrechamp.</p> <br /> <p><strong>VR@ANNECY: an indispensable presence</strong></p> <p><strong>In competition </strong><br /> Since 2016, virtual reality has been an important aspect of the Festival, where new virtual reality animated short films or animated clips can be viewed by the general public and professionals. <br /> In 2019 virtual reality will be instated as a competitive category. This decision is due to an increasing demand from professionals and will accommodate more works and reveal the latest and most innovative projects possible.</p> <p><strong> A leading position for Conferences and Mifa is to be reinforced</strong><br /> For 2019 CITIA confirms the VR status at the heart of the Festival and the Market by developing <strong>a transversal, ambitious and complementary programme</strong> to the existing one, dedicated to immersive creation. <br /> This decision is motivated by the desire to make Annecy THE unmissable event for animated creations in all its forms, via conferences, Work in Progress (WIP), Pitches, stands and more.</p> <br /> <p><strong>More women on the selection committee!</strong></p> <p><strong>Continuous change </strong><br /> June 2018, Patrick Eveno, then director of CITIA, signed the <strong>Charter 5050x2020</strong> for Parity and Diversity in Film, Audiovisual and Animated Film Festivals. CITIA is continuing his commitment to encourage a fair place for women within the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and more generally in the animation film sector, and reinforcing its commitment to achieving gender parity at the centre of the organization. <br /> With this view in mind, and under the leadership of <strong>Mickaël Marin</strong>, the new director, there will be an increased feminine presence on the selection committees for Feature Films, TV and Commissioned Films, Graduation Films and VR categories. Since 2017 Peggy Zejgman-Lecarme, director of the Cinémathèque de Grenoble, is involved in the Short Films category.</p> <p>The Annecy 2019 selection team that will work alongside <strong>Marcel Jean</strong>, the artistic director, will be unveiled soon.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Annecy across the world! The Annecy Festival is travelling the world with its "Best of Annecy 2018" and "Best of Annecy Kids 2018" programme. Follow the guide!<br /><p>The Annecy Festival takes to the road on a journey to discover the best of animation with two programmes from its 2018 edition:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Best of Annecy 2018</strong>, that gathers together a selection of short films from the last edition and a trailer from the students GOBELINS, l’école de l’image. <br /> <a title="Check out the programme of the Best of Annecy 2018" href="" target="_blank">Check out the programme</a> </li> <li><strong>Best of Annecy Kids 2018</strong>, a mixture of funny and emotional short films for children from Annecy 2018’s official selection and trailers. <br /> <a title="Check out the programme of the Best of Annecy Kids 2018" href="" target="_blank">Check out the programme</a> </li> </ul> <p>Do you want to join the journey? Pull out your calendar, here are some of the countries that will be diffused:</p> <ul> <li>2<sup>nd</sup> to 6<sup>th</sup> October 2018: <a title="Visit Balkanima website" href="" target="_blank">Balkanima 2018</a>, 15<sup>th</sup> European Animated Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia  </li> <li>4<sup>th</sup> to 7<sup>th</sup> October 2018: <a title="Visit StopTrik Festival website" href="" target="_blank">StopTrik Festival</a>, Maribor, Slovenia </li> <li>5<sup>th</sup> to 13<sup>th</sup> October 2018: <a title="Visit Animatou website" href="" target="_blank">Animatou</a>, International Animation Film Festival, Geneva, Suisse  </li> <li>19<sup>th</sup> to 21<sup>st</sup> October 2018: <a title="Visit Animation is Film Festival website" href="" target="_blank">Animation is Film Festival</a>, Los Angeles, USA  </li> <li>19<sup>th</sup> to 23<sup>rd</sup> October 2018: <a title="Visit BIAF 2018 website" href="" target="_blank">BIAF 2018</a>, 20<sup>th</sup> Bucheon International Animation Festival, South Korea  </li> <li>20<sup>th</sup> to 21<sup>st</sup> October 2018: Nerima Anime Carnival, Tokyo </li> <li>21<sup>st</sup> October 2018: <a title="Visit Ville de Sainte-Thérèse website" href="" target="_blank"> Ville de Sainte-Thérèse</a>, Québec, Canada  </li> <li>21<sup>st</sup> October 2018: <a title="Visit Alliance Française of Kuala Lumpur website" href="" target="_blank">Alliance Française of Kuala Lumpur</a>, Malaysia  </li> <li>27<sup>th</sup> October to 3<sup>rd</sup> November 2018: SCAD, <a title="Visit Savannah Film Festival website" href="" target="_blank">Savannah Film Festival</a>, Savannah, Georgia, USA  </li> <li>31<sup>st</sup> October 2018: <a title="Visit Café des images website" href="" target="_blank">Café des Images</a>, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, France </li> <li>21<sup>st</sup> to 25<sup>th</sup> November 2018: <a title="Visit Les Sommets du cinéma d'animation website" href="" target="_blank">Les Sommets du cinéma d’animation</a>, Montreal, Canada  </li> <li>9<sup>th</sup> December 2018: <a title="Visit Musée de la civilisation website" href="" target="_blank">Musée de la civilisation</a>, Quebec, Canada  </li> </ul> <p>To know if the events in question are screening a "Best of" and/or an "Annecy Kids", and to know the days and times of their diffusion, please check their respective websites and be there!</p> <p>If you are an association, festival, cultural institution or any other structure with a screening room, you can also <a title="More info about the Best of Annecy 2018 program" href="" target="_blank">order one of the two programmes</a>!</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Animation du Monde Mifa 2019 Mifa continues its support for emerging countries in the animation sector and announces the planning for Animation du Monde 2019!<br /><p>The <a title="More info about Animation du Monde" href="" target="_blank">Animation du Monde</a>, started up in 2015 within the Annecy International Animation Film Market (Mifa) Pitch sessions, continues its project support.</p> <p><strong>What is its aim?</strong> To identify and spotlight creativity and potential project authors of animation from emerging countries and support them by giving them a chance to find suitable partners in Annecy. Following the call for projects, workshops and Pitch sessions carried out on-site in the countries concerned, the most promising projects are selected and their authors are invited to come and present them to professionals during the Animation du Monde Mifa Pitches, in Annecy in June.</p> <p>On the program this year:</p> <p><strong>- Animation du Monde in Armenia</strong><br /> A delegation of animation professionals will go to Armenia for the <strong>Festival <a title="Visit ReAnimania Festival website" href="" target="_blank">ReAnimania</a></strong>, from 28<sup>th</sup> October to 2<sup>nd</sup> November.</p> <p><strong>- Animation du Monde in Africa</strong><br /> Following a partnership with the <a title="Visit African Animation Network website" href="" target="_blank"><strong>African Animation Network</strong></a>, several calls for projects were launched for the various <strong><a title="Visit DISCOP website" href="" target="_blank">DISCOP</a></strong> markets and African <strong>DISCOMICS</strong>, in this way radiating across the entire continent. The final stage will take place at the <a title="Visit Johannesburg DISCOP website" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Johannesburg DISCOP</strong></a>, from 14<sup>th</sup> to 16<sup>th</sup> November, in the presence of animation professionals.</p> <p><strong>- Animation du Monde in South East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore)</strong><br /> A call for projects was launched in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore during the <a title="Visit Kre8tif website" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Kre8tif</strong></a>, and in partnership with the <strong>Institut Français</strong> and <strong>MDEC</strong>. A workshop mentored by animation experts will take place in Manilla from 18<sup>th</sup> to 22<sup>nd</sup> February to support the selected projects.</p> <p>With all these different territories represented, the Animation du Monde Mifa Pitches once again promise to take the badgeholders on an exquisite voyage during the Pitch sessions in Annecy in June!</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Second Annual ANIMATION IS FILM Festival The second annual edition of ANIMATION IS FILM, festival dedicated to animation, launches in Los Angeles, Oct 19-21, 2018.<br /><p>The <a title="Check out ANIMATION IS FILM Festival website" href="" target="_blank"><strong>ANIMATION IS FILM</strong></a> festival, which launched in 2017, is being produced by <a title="Check out the GKIDS website" href="" target="_blank">GKIDS</a>, in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival and <a title="Check out Variety website" href="" target="_blank"><em>Variety</em></a>. It is aimed at putting animation films in the spotlight and its second edition will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, <strong>Hollywood</strong>, from <strong>Friday 19<sup>th</sup> to Sunday 21<sup>nd</sup> October 2018</strong>.</p> <p>During these three days, more than 30 animation films from around the world will be screened, including premieres, remastered movies (<em>THE PRINCE OF EGYPT</em>) and exclusive footage from films still in production (<em>RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET</em>, <em>SPIDERMAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE</em>). At the end of the event, two prizes will be awarded – The <strong>Jury Prize</strong> (Competition films only) and the <strong>Audience Award</strong>.</p> <p>Mamoru Hosoda's last feature <em><strong>MIRAI</strong></em> will open the festival with Hosoda in attendance.</p> <p>11 titles have been confirmed for the competition:</p> <ul> <li><em><strong>ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE</strong></em>, Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow </li> <li><em><strong>BUNUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES</strong></em>, Salvador Simó </li> <li><em><strong>FUNAN</strong></em>, Denis Do </li> <li><em><strong>I WANT TO EAT YOUR PANCREAS</strong></em>, Shin’ichirô Ushijima </li> <li><em><strong>MIRAI</strong></em>, Mamoru Hosoda </li> <li><em><strong>OKKO'S INN</strong></em>, Kitarô Kôsaka </li> <li><em><strong>PACHAMAMA</strong></em>, Juan Antin </li> <li><em><strong>PENGUIN HIGHWAY</strong></em>, Hiroyasu Ishida </li> <li><em><strong>RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR</strong></em>, Milorad Krstic </li> <li><em><strong>SEDER-MASOCHISM</strong></em>, Nina Paley </li> <li><em><strong>TITO AND THE BIRDS</strong></em>, Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto, Gustavo Steinberg</li> </ul> <p>The following jury members have been unveiled: <strong>Peter Debruge</strong> (Chief film critic, <em>Variety</em>, jury chairman), <strong>Allison Abbate</strong> (EVP, Warner Animation Group), <strong>Kobe Bryant</strong> (Oscar winner and NBA superstar), <strong>Melissa Cobb</strong> (VP, Kids and Family, Netflix), <strong>Dean DeBlois</strong> (Filmmaker, <em>HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON</em>(s) 1-3), <strong>Carolyn Giardina</strong> (Editor, <em>Hollywood Reporter</em>), <strong>Jorge Gutierrez</strong> (Filmmaker, <em>THE BOOK OF LIFE</em>), <strong>Jennifer Yuh Nelson</strong> (Filmmaker, <em>KUNG FU PANDA</em>(s) 2 & 3), <strong>Henry Selick</strong> (Filmmaker, <em>NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS</em>, <em>CORALINE</em>), <strong>Charles Solomon</strong> (Critic/Historian), <strong>Mabel Tam</strong> (VP and Head Film Buyer, Landmark Theatres) and <strong>Anne Thompson</strong> (Critic, IndieWire).</p> <p>Book your tickets now to attend <a title="Book your tickets now to attend Animation is Film" href="" target="_blank"><strong>ANIMATION IS FILM</strong></a>. The festival is produced by <strong>GKIDS</strong> in partnership with <strong>Annecy International Animation Film Festival</strong> and <em><strong>Variety</strong></em>, from Friday <strong>19<sup>th</sup> to Sunday 21<sup>th</sup> October 2018</strong>, at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, Hollywood.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Interviews of the most acclaimed directors! Discover the interviews of the directors and voices from the world of animation who were present during the 2018 Festival!<br /><p>Maybe you had the opportunity to meet them during the special screenings, premieres, signing sessions, meetings, or just simply out and about over a coffee in Annecy? The most important directors from the world of animation were present for this 2018 edition.</p> <p>Find all these exclusive interviews: <strong>Michel Ocelot</strong>, <strong>Zabou Breitman</strong>, <strong>Raoul de la Fuente</strong> & <strong>Damien Nenow</strong>, <strong>Genndy Tartakovsky</strong>, <strong>Brad Bird</strong>, <strong>Dean DeBlois</strong>, <strong>Denis Do</strong>, <strong>Bérénice Béjo</strong>, <strong>Richard Williams</strong>, <strong>Josie Trinidad</strong> & <strong>Kira Lehtomaki</strong> and <strong>Hiroyuki Seshita</strong> & <strong>Kobun Shizuno</strong>!</p> <div class="blc_iframe"><img class="blc_iframe_img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKhI+py+0Po5yUFQA7" alt="" /> <iframe src="" width="640" height="360"></iframe></div> Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:30:00 +0200 Mifa Expert Insights: the interviews! Discover the professionals’ impressions concerning their presence, projects and the state of the animation film industry, collected during the Mifa 2018.<br /><p>The Mifa 2018, is the largest International market devoted to animation films, and it greeted more than 3800 professionals from 75 countries.</p> <p>This edition the Mifa continued its expansion by offering a welcome area of more than 7,200m² and developed new mediums: VR Areas, "creative MEDIA", Market Screenings, Meet the Composers and Demo Sessions, all whilst continuing to reinforce the already existing initiatives and rendezvous.</p> <p>An exceptional edition where animation professionals happily answered questions and shared their impressions, especially:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Chuck Peil</strong> – Reel FX Business Development Manager </li> <li><strong>Peilin Chou</strong> – Chief Creative Officer, Pearl Studio </li> <li><strong>Pablo Zuccarino</strong> – SVP & General Manager, Cartoon Network Latin America</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li><strong>Erik Beckman</strong> – Founder and CEO, GKids</li> </ul> </div> <ul> </ul> <p>Happy viewing!</p> <div class="blc_iframe"><img class="blc_iframe_img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAIAAAP///wAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKhI+py+0Po5yUFQA7" alt="" /> <iframe src="" width="640" height="360"></iframe></div> Thu, 26 Jul 2018 10:45:00 +0200 Words from the 2018 award winners This year, the Annecy Festival 2018 awarded 19 Official Awards and 13 Special Awards. Discover the reactions hot off the press from the award winners after receiving their prizes!<br /><p>The 2018 Awards Ceremony edition was rich in emotion and this year once again quality shorts and features were rewarded for their particularly interesting scripts and richness of their production.</p> <p>Discover interviews of three award winners that share their impressions after receiving their awards:</p> <ul> <li><a title="Watch the video" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Trevor Jimenez</strong></a> for the short film <em>Weekends</em>, <strong>Jury Award</strong> and <strong>Audience Award</strong>, </li> <li><a title="Watch the video" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Nienke Deutz</strong></a> for the short film <em>Bloeistraat 11</em>, <strong>Cristal Award for Short Film</strong> and <strong>Festivals Connexion – Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Award / In partnership with Lumières Numériques & Mèche Courte</strong>, </li> <li><a title="Watch the video" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Denis Do</strong></a>, accompanied by <strong>Sébastien Onomo</strong>, for the film <em>Funan</em>, Cristal Award Best Feature. </li> </ul> Tue, 24 Jul 2018 11:00:00 +0200