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Annecy 2016

MIFA 2016 
Intensified Indicators and Unparalleled International Status 

With participation on the rise, new territories attending, additional recruitment sessions and speeches from industry leaders, the Mifa 2016 has recorded striking growth and provides a unique outlook on the development factors of this constantly evolving industry. 

Continual Growth Over the Past 12 Years

2,800 accreditations + 4.5% vs 2015
1,200 companies + 4.7% vs 2015
370 buyers, distributors and investors + 1.5% vs 2015 

68 countries (vs 64 in 2015) were represented in an exhibition space of over 5,000 m2, with first time participations from Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Turkey and New Zealand and an impressive turnout from Canada.

35 projects were presented to prospective partners (producers, distributors, etc.). 

Top Hits at the Video Library


Feature film: 25 April, Leanne Pooley, New Zealand

Short film: A Little Pond by the Great Wall, Dmitri Geller, China

TV series: A.J. & the Menagerie, Canada

TV special: The New York Times "Modern Love – A Kiss, Deferred", Moth Collective, United Kingdom

All Mifa badgeholders have access to the Video Library, which promotes the supply and demand of projects or productions for TV, cinema, short films or new platforms. You can consult the site until December by using the access codes provided.

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Key Industry Moments 

François Hollande, the President of France, and Audrey Azoulay, the French Minister for Culture and Communication, came and met the professionals on Thursday 16th June. 

Frédérique Bredin, President of the CNC, spoke about the opportunities for French animation programmes abroad. 

The SPFA gave its annual report 2015/2016 on French production trends.

The Territory Focus on France, organised by Film France and the FICAM, concluded that France is a place where talents, skills and technological expertise come together with the 30% Tax Rebate for International Productions (TRIP), establishing the country as an international animation hub.

French broadcasters’ commitment: France Télévisions, CANAL+, Lagardère Active, TF1 have reconfirmed their support for French animation professionals by presenting their various projects they’re involved in. 

9 Focus studio sessions gave an insight into the creative and technological processes that major animation studios are using and the possibility of talking with the talent about their latest creations. 

The 1stEuropean Animation Awards’ General Assembly took place 14th June under the auspicious guidance of Peter Lord (President) and Didier Brunner (Vice-President).

Special attention was paid to the French and European animation feature film industry, a significant and strategical theme discussed during two meetings: the European Film Forum Panel Discussion, organised by the European Commission and Europe Creative and the Conference organised by CITIA talking about the positioning of independent European films in theatres.  

"The President’s visit will definitely go down in Mifa’s history and it occurred in a record-breaking year on all fronts. We would like to sincerely thank the French Minister for Culture and Communication and the CNC, especially Madame Audrey Azoulay and Madame Frédérique Bredin, for their trust and their unrelenting support that they bring to this innovative industry that is French animation."

Mickael Marin
CITIA Managing Director, Head of Economic Development & Mifa

Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the Year Award for Peter Lord and David Sproxton

Peter Lord and David Sproxton, founders of the celebrated British studio Aardman Animations, received the 2016 Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the Year Award. Chris Meledandri was the first to win this award that was created in 2015.

An Exciting Year for Recruitment

More than 800 candidates were selected out of 3,000 applications, taking part in 60 recruitment sessions.

Over twenty of the most reputed studios in the world (Illumination MacGuff, Pixar, Ubisoft, Mikros Animation, Xilam, etc.) met with the brightest young professionals in the market for over 100 job offers.

See you in Annecy 14th June to 16th June 2017 for the next Mifa

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Laurence Ythier
Media Relations & Special Operations Manager

Véronique Dumon
Media Support


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