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Throughout the first day of the Festival, you can enjoy a few Spanish gems.
You have opportunities all day long to catch events around Spanish animation and filmmakers. Start out with a Masterclass by Guillermo García Carsí, who will share some of his character design secrets.
Follow that up with the screening of the Spanish feature in competition Possessed, the hilarious story that puts a spin on horror films.
And also check out three Special Programmes: The Stamp of the Artist, Doodles and Under the Yoke
On the Festival's opening day, dive head-first into this year's subject in the spotlight, Women and Animation. A great way to start out could be to go see the Special Programme Florence Miailhe: Honorary Cristal.
This artist has received several awards over the years for her films that demonstrate her unique style.
Her short Au premier dimanche d'août was in the Official Selection at Annecy in 2000, nominated for the Cartoon d'or in 2001 and received the César for Best Short Film in 2002. Her short Conte de quartier received a Special Mention from the jury at Cannes in 2006.
In 2015, she's back in Annecy to receive the Honorary Cristal for her impressive career and contributions. It will be given to her on Saturday 20th June during the Closing Ceremony.
The first chance to see this programme with several of her shorts is at 4:00 pm.
Until then, check out the making of an animation that she made based on the Festival poster created by Regina Pessoa. It's on today's playlist!
You can find a wide range of Festival-related products at the Boutique du Festival @ bdfugue (posters, T-shirts, DVDs and much more).
Don't leave without an Annecy 2015 souvenir and come to the signing sessions to meet your favourite artists or take a break at the Bar du Festival.
All the true Festival fans will be at the Boutique du Festival!
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This year, find your bearings in a renovated space, with newly remodelled theatres and meeting spaces.
Gathered in a central location, you can find the Festival Welcome Area (open today at 9:00 am), the Bar du Festival, the Boutique du Festival @ bdfugue (BD Fugue Café), the Press Meeting Corner for the press conferences, the Partners' Club (Bar du Festival), the Info Point (Festival Welcome Area) and the Multimedia Stations (12 stations open to all for reserving your screenings and sessions).
For more info, go to the Annecy Festival website.
This year, the Annecy Festival is developing its partnerships with the magazines "Variety", "Première" and "Le Film français".
Check out their daily reports retracing the events that you shouldn't miss.
Find out when they're published on the Online Daily’s "Live" section.
The Festival's partners' trailer, created by Ankama, is unveiled!
You'll be able to spot lots of Festival symbols in it, from the famous rabbit to paper planes, from the lake to the old town, in Ankama's fashion with flashy colours and set to Andalusian music, a tip of the hat to Spain. And the most hardcore amongst you may even recognise the DOFUS world. Check out the trailer on today's playlist!
Orange, supporter of creation and animation and the Festival's technical partner, is coming to animate Annecy during two of the open-air screenings.
Take part in Orange's virtual game via Twitter on Tuesday 16th and Thursday 18th June while attending the open-air screenings. All you have to do is tweet to try to win four tickets to an amusement park.
Each night there will be a different theme:
The lucky winners will be announced online the next day!
Show up to the Pâquier from 9:45 pm for more info.
A new Screening Event has been added to the Annecy Festival's programme.
Strange Magic is the latest curiosity from Lucasfilm and tells the madcap fairytale musical inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, written and produced by George Lucas and directed by Gary Rydstrom.
Catch a screening of it on either Friday 19th at 9:30 pm at Pathé 2 or Saturday 20th at 2:00 pm at Pathé 1.
Perhaps you had the chance to discover the Work in Progress of "The Book of Life" last year...
This year, you can see the finished product during the open-air screening on the Pâquier at 10:15 tonight.
Earlier in the day, you can also attend the Making of this film and get to know it inside and out!
The second episode of "The Adventurers of Modern Art" series will be shown as a world premiere.
This six-episode series takes you into the life of artists and writers who lived in Paris in the early 20th century. Different animation techniques will illustrate portraits of important artists and thinkers who came to Paris as adventurers and became heroes.
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During the Opening Ceremony, members of the film crew will be here to present 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet', directed by Roger Allers and co-directed by 9 great animators.
Leading the production was Salma Hayek-Pinault who is very fond of Gibran's poems which were the inspiration for the film. With Roger Allers and two of the animators, Mohammed Harib and Joan Gratz. (Invitation required)
After the Opening Ceremony, head to the Plage de l'Impérial for the Festival's opening party, sponsored by the Gan Foundation. (Invitation required)
Through video clips with their main characters, some of our favourite animation studios decided to join the party for the Mifa's 30th.
The Mifa received plenty of sweet birthday/anniversary messages and you can watch them all online!
A big thanks to all the animation stars and their studios for these thoughtful contributions!
Head of Economic Development & Mifa, Mickaël Marin has evaluated the upcoming International Animation Film Market, which is looking very good (for 30).
Two days before the opening and its 30th anniversary, the Mifa team is happy to announce a 10% rise in accreditations (almost 2,400), a 10% increase in investors and buyers' participation (almost 350) and more exhibitors than ever (over 550), up 7%.
We already know this year will be one to remember in Mifa history.
As said above, participation has risen in perfect correlation to the status of attending professionals. For example, several decision makers in the industry such as producers and investors will be present.
The programme is full of Meetings, highlights (Keynote speeches) and special events organised for the Mifa's 30th. Each year, more and more delegates are coming from key animation production lands like the USA, Canada and France, promoting new national and international collaborations.
Spain, this year's Guest Country, will be here with a delegation of over 260 professionals.
As for the Mifa, the cherry on top of the tribute to Spain will be the Territory Focus on Wednesday at 2:30 pm.
In general, there are more sessions dedicated to Spain on the Festival side, with an entire Special Programme, while the Meetings are featuring a Masterclass and many other events dedicated to our southern neighbours.
This homage will salute a very rich filmography and an admirably dynamic industry.
There are plenty North American delegates this year with the US in the lead and new European countries (the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark) are making their first visit to the Mifa.
The presence of Latin American and Asian countries has been steadily rising over the years and even French participation is on the up and up.
Find the events programme on our website's section dedicated to the Mifa.
You can come and visit the Mifa starting today and take the chance to discover Keep an Eye Out an exhibition that's winking at the lake's shore.
This temporary exhibition by Marc Limousin questions the relationship between humans and nature. Imitating mass surveillance in public places, a couple pairs of eyes on the lake are animated by wind, light and the water's ebb and flow.