recruitment sessions, 265 projects presented, 16 awards and 13 meetings at the 2013 Creative Focus.
Funan has won the Ficam/Tomato Sound Factory prize for the Creative Focus Call for Projects for feature films.
The Creative Focus, offering the perfect opportunity to discover new talents (recruitments and pitches of projects in development), will open its doors on Tuesday 11th June. On the bill: 4 days for 4 formats, targeting features, shorts, TV, cross-media, master classes and case studies. Interview with Géraldine Baché, Head of Creative Focus
Can you tell us what's new at the Creative Focus for 2013?
I wanted the content of the meetings to be more comprehensible, so this year, they are divided into master classes and case studies.
The master classes are essentially sessions for sharing knowledge and work experience, like finding out what goes on behind the scenes of an animation studio, (Sony Pictures or Laika this year), discovering new techniques or the career of an important filmmaker.
The case studies propose a more technical approach. A film is used as an example to understand the process of creation and production. This year, amongst others, "Writing an animated short film": a project selected in 2012 will be analysed in the presence of the authors and different partners. This meeting concept is inspired by the different stages of the creation process initiated by the Abbaye de Fontevraud.
The Adobe After Events will be another key moment of this year's Creative Focus: 3 live shows from Bishi, a London-based performer, in association with C-R-U-X, which combine technique (Adobe software) and artistic intervention. The 15 to 20-minute shows will be followed by a free networking and chat get together. I decided to put these events at the end of the day's programme to round off the Creative Focus with an unconventional and free-spirited session.
This traditional appointment for companies and creatives is in harmony with the Creative Focus concept. Last year, for example, 300 candidates were interviewed from 900 applicants. This year, we will be hosting Nickelodeon and Laika for the first time.
And the pitches
Our formula for giving project creators assisted help from a sponsor as early as April, enables them to receive professional coaching and useful pointers about the market to prepare their Creative Focus pitches.
The Banquet of the Concubine, a prize-winning project in 2010, is in the official selection this year. There's nothing more motivating than seeing projects that come to life and end up as films thanks to the Creative Focus!
Check out the pitches
Have a great Creative Focus, one and all!
Take part in the master class to learn about factors for the success of a crowdfunding project, as well as meeting the Touscoprod experts on their stand.
Take part at 9:30 am in the in the master class "The Keys of Crowdfunding. Bill Plympton: How to Make your Campaign Work". The Touscoprod team will also present the campaign for its short Dip N'Dance, directed by Hugo Cierzniak.
At the end of the master class, Claire Ledru, winner of the touscoprod Call for Projects, will present her project L’Oiseau pleureur as well as her campaign in which more than 200 people participated.
You can make an appointment to meet with the touscoprod expert team during the Festival
Founded in 2009, touscoprod is one of the first crowdfunding platforms and is particularly expert in the film field. Twice a month, the company offers training courses on the crowfunding process in Paris to put all the chances on your side to succeed in your fund-raising projects!
As an association for children isolated by illness and handicaps, Les Toiles Enchantées brings the cinema to hospitals or health centres. Check out its tour with the film "Epic" at the Annecy Festival.
Method Animation is organising a recruitment session Wednesday morning at the Creative Focus. Read the interview with the Studio Director from Method Animation, Jean-Yves Patay.
"Once again this year, Method Animation is taking part in the recruitment sessions as they give us an excellent opportunity to meet talented people. Our company produces ambitious series with a visually rich design, and we are always looking for collaborators who can join our teams and contribute to our development.
I want to take advantage of this opportunity to meet all kinds of candidates, from freshly graduated young artists to experienced professionals who wish to get involved in the wonderful projects we are going to launch in the upcoming months.
From Tuesday to Friday, ten members of our team will be in Annecy. Do not hesitate to come and talk to us!
Sneak preview of "Aya de Yopougon"
A Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie film
Aya is 19 and lives in Yopougon, a working-class neighbourhood of Abidjan (Ivory Coast) renamed as Yop City in the end of the 70s. As a studious young girl, she divides her days between her studies, her family and her two friends, Adjoua and Bintou. When Adjoua gets pregnant, she and the child's father, Moussa, feel lost... What can they do?
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse in "Get a Horse" World Debut, salle des haras
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents a never-before-seen short starring the one and only Mickey Mouse in Get a Horse!
Vote for the funniest film, every evening from Monday to Thursday, by attending the 8:30 pm screening, Décavision salle 2. The films selected by this vote will be screened on Friday evening in Décavision salle 2, at 8:30pm. The funniest film for 2013 will be chosen through a final vote!
Movement, acting etc.: find out how a character is developed in pre-prod.
Kristof Serrand will explain the process of a character's development in preproduction, through motion, acting and voice talent, and will show why the original design evolves throughout this process.
Chambre de métiers
A sneak peak at work in progress materials from How to Train Your Dragon 2 with director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold. The filmmakers will give an exclusive look at the new film with clips, images and behind the scenes examples of how the film takes shape.
Salle Pierre Lamy
9:30 am-12:30 pm: Walt Disney Animation Studios recruitment session at the Creative Focus
Vote for your favourite short, Décavision salle 1
CMC2 : Décavision salle 1, 4:00 pm and 8:30 pm
Association française du cinéma d'animation (AFCA) press conference
Rézo Imaginove cocktail reception, Networking Lounge: 6:30-9:00 pm