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FAQ
  1. Submit a film
  2. Submit a project in development
  3. Official selection

Summary

Find the most frequently asked questions classed by category.

 Submit a film

01 - Do I have to pay to enter my film?

No, there is no entry fee required.

02 - I submitted my film last year and it wasn't selected. Can I submit it again this year?

No.

03 - Can I enter another episode of a series that was already selected?

No.

04 – I would like to submit a feature film. What are the entry conditions?

The feature should have been made for the cinema and should have a running time of at least 60 minutes.

It should not have been commercially exploited in France (before or after its official release date) before the end of the Festival (19th June 2020).

05 - I have made a short film that could be developed into a series or feature: can I submit it to both the short film category of the Festival and the Feature Mifa Pitches?

You can only submit your finished short to the official selection in the short film category.

If you have developed this short film into a feature project you can submit it to the Mifa Pitches along with all the documents required by the regulations. However, the Mifa Pitches selection committee will evaluate it as a feature project and not judge the short film.

06 - My film has been selected. Do I have to pay for the subtitling?

Short films: The Festival will subtitle non-French short films presented in competition using laser engraving.


Non-French versions of feature films and TV films (series and TV specials) selected for the competition must be subtitled in French by the producers themselves, at their own expense.


French features and TV films (series and specials) selected for the competition must be subtitled in English by the producers themselves, at their own expense.


Graduation films in competition and Perspectives will be screened in their original version unless subtitled versions are supplied.

07 - If my film is selected, what's the deadline for sending in the screening copy?

The date is 15th May, but if we have to subtitle the film we will need it before 1st May.

 Submit a project in development

01 - I have written a screenplay for an animated film (feature, short, TV series or special), but I do not have all the graphic material available. Can I submit it to the Mifa Pitches in this state?

No. You must send all the graphic research material with your project. Also try to find a graphic designer to work with if possible.

02 - I have been working on my project during my animation studies. Can I submit it to the Mifa Pitches?

No. Your project should be completely personal and not part of your animation training course.

03 - I have already submitted a project to the Mifa Pitches, can I submit it again?

Yes, but only if it didn't win any prizes in the Mifa Pitches and has undergone major changes in the meantime.

04 - I have made a short film that could be developed into a series or a feature. Can I submit it to both the Festival selection in the short film category and the Mifa Feature (or Series) Pitches?

You can only submit your finished short to the official selection in the short film category.

If you have developed this short film into a feature (or a series) you can submit it to the Mifa Pitches along with all the documents required by the regulations. However, the selection committee will evaluate it as a feature or series project and not judge the short film.

05 - I have a short film project but my storyboard only contains 3 key sequences. Can I submit it to the Mifa Pitches?

Yes.

06 - I have a feature film project, but I have not yet created the storyboard. Can I still submit it to the Mifa Pitches?

Of course, a storyboard is required for short film projects but not for features.

It is very important that your paperwork contains examples of the design and graphics to be used, to have an idea of the style and atmosphere of the project.

07 - I'm working on a project for TV and the internet, can I submit it to the two categories: "TV Series & Specials" and "Digital Experiences"?

No. You cannot submit a project in two categories; you'll have to choose which one. Please note: Web series are eligible in the "TV Series & Specials" category.

08 - I'm an animation student and I have been working on a project for a short film outside of my studies. Can I submit it to the Mifa Pitches?

Yes.

09 - I am a producer and I have a project for a series/short film. Can I submit it to the Mifa Pitches?

No.
The projects for TV series or specials and short films can only be submitted by one or more of the writers of these projects. A project that has already been subject of interest from a producer can be submitted but this must be stipulated. One producer cannot be associated to more than 3 short films in the same year.

10 - It doesn't look as if I can submit projects for the Mifa Pitches if I am a producer.

Yes, you can. As a producer (associated or not with one or more creators), you can submit a feature or "Digital Experiences" project, as long as all regulations in the category concerned have been respected.

11 - Can I submit a project adapted from a comic strip?

Yes, as long as you include an authorisation statement from the writer of the comic strip in question.

12 - Can I submit two projects?

As long as they are two different projects for two different categories (e.g. a short film project and a project for a series).

You can only submit one project per category.

13 - Can I submit my film (feature, short, TV series or special) for both the official selection and the Mifa Pitches?

No. If your film is finished or in production, you cannot submit it to the Mifa Pitches, which is only for projects in their first formulation stage and not yet in production.

14 - Can I only fill in the form online?

Yes.

15 - Who chooses the projects?

Panels made up of professionals including representatives from CITIA look after choosing projects for each category.

Several different partners offer prizes for the projects. Each partner chooses a particular project to reward.

For further information, please contact Géraldine Baché (geraldinebache@citia.org).

16 - Do I have accreditation if I submit a project in the Mifa Pitches?

No, only project leaders of selected projects receive a free accreditation and if the accreditation has already been bought, it shall be reimbursed.

17 - Can a project compete if a subvention has been asked for?

Yes, a project awaiting news of a subvention can compete, providing that the information is included in the paperwork. Please note: selected projects and therefore Pitches, should still be looking for financing to justify any interest to the audience.

18 - What does "first presentation in Europe" mean?

Only projects that have never been selected or pitched at other European events during the same year can be submitted to the Mifa Pitches feature and TV series or specials categories. Networking and personal interviews with TV channels, financers and broadcasters are nevertheless possible.

19 - When are the selected projects announced?

Deliberations will take place at the end of March. The results will be announced via e-mail as quickly as possible, before the end of April.

20 - Which language should I use to submit my dossier?

Feature film, short film and digital experience projects must be presented in French for Francophones and in English for all others.
For the TV specials & series, English is the preferred language. For French speaking people, it is recommended that a French version be included with the English dossier. We do not need the dossier to be translated by a professional, we just need some of it written in English so that we can have a comprehensible and general idea of the project.

 Official selection

01 - When will the list of films chosen for the official selection be announced?

The results will be published at the end of March for short films, TV and commissioned films and graduation films and at the end of April for features and VR works.

02 - How will I know if my film has been selected?

The list of films in the Official Selection and in competition will be available on www.annecy.org by the end of April.

Selected films: the Festival will inform the person who has submitted the film by email by the end of April.
The invitation and/or accreditation form(s) sent with this mail should be returned before 30th April (graduation films' directors: 15th April).
The person who has submitted the film must inform and forward documents to the film director(s).

Unselected films: the Festival will inform the person who has submitted the film by the end of April.

If you haven't received this mail, please contact Laurent Million (laurentmillion@citia.org).

03 - My film has been selected in competition; what prizes is it up for?

The list of prizes is available in the regulations for the category concerned:

04 - My film is selected in competition, will I be invited by the Festival?

Invitation conditions are available in the regulations for the category concerned:

  
DIRECTOR

COMPETITION – Directors of short films in the Official Competition (with Animation "Off-Limits", and of short films in Young Audience and Perspectives categories, feature films, Contrechamp feature films, TV films (TV series & specials):

  • Accommodation for 6 nights for the director (one director only per film*);
  • Mifa official selection accreditation for the director(s) appearing in the credits.

COMPETITION - Directors of graduation films:

  • Accommodation in a holiday centre for 6 nights for the director (one director only per film*) – form to be sent back before 15th April;
  • Mifa official selection accreditation for the director(s) appearing in the credits.

* IN CASE OF CO-DIRECTION: ONLY ONE director can benefit from accommodation.

 

COMPETITION - Director of commissioned films (educational, scientific or industrial, advertising or promotional, music videos):

  • Mifa official selection accreditation for the director(s) appearing in the credits. Accommodation is not offered.

 

PRODUCER

PRODUCERS OF FEATURES IN COMPETITION AND CONTRECHAMP

  • Mifa accreditation (for one producer only, in case of co-production).
    Accommodation is not offered.

In no case will the Festival cover travel expenses.
The invitation and/or accreditation form(s) is/are sent to the person who submitted the film with the notification of the official selection results.
To be returned before 30th April to confirm your visit (graduation films's directors 15th April).

05 - Several of us co-directed the film, will we all be invited by the Festival?

All directors appearing on the credits will be offered Mifa official selection accreditation.

Accommodation offered to 1 director depends on the category.

06 - I'm the producer of a film in the official selection, what am I entitled to?

In accordance with the Festival regulations, only producers of features in the official selection will be offered Mifa accreditation (for one producer only in the case of co-production). They must however reserve and pay for their own accommodation.

For the other categories, producers must get accreditation and reserve/pay for their own accommodation.

07 - I'm a director with a film in the official selection but I can't attend. Can I pass on my accreditation to someone else?

No. The invitation (whether an accreditation or accommodation) is strictly personal and non-transferable.
In no case can it/they be transferred to another person, even for a producer or if the invited director cannot come to the Festival.

The producer, or any other representative of the film wishing to attend Annecy Festival, must reserve and pay for accreditation and accommodation.

08 - What does official selection accreditation include?

This free accreditation offered to directors in the official selection is strictly personal and non-transferable and gives access to Mifa accreditation.

09 - Ticket reservation

The directors and producers of all films in the official selection (in and out of competition) must reserve their tickets online, even for the screening sessions of their films.

Online reservation is open from the beginning of June for those with accreditation, via Annecy Network.

10 - Opening ceremony and closing award ceremonies

  • Opening ceremony, Monday 14th June 2021 at 8:30 pm – Bonlieu Grande salle
  • Special prize ceremony, Friday 18th June 2021 at 6:30 pm – Bonlieu Petite Salle
  • Closing award ceremony, Saturday 19th June 2021 at 8:30 pm – Bonlieu Grande salle

Ceremonies accessible by invitation only (check your invitations at your Annecy Network personal space in June).

11 - How do I confirm I'm attending the Festival?

Each director (and producer of feature films) must complete the invitation or accreditation form before 30th April to confirm their visit (graduation films' directors: before 15th April).

You will receive confirmation and necessary information for your stay by email at the beginning of June. Failing this, please contact accreditation@citia.org.


12 - People travelling with directors

Any person travelling with directors will not have free accommodation or accreditation.

To attend Annecy 2021, they must get either

  • an accreditation
  • individual screening tickets

Accommodation,

  • if the person is sharing a room with the director (except for graduation films), supplements for a double room and breakfasts must be paid for personally
  • if not, reserve and pay accommodation

13 - I have not received my accreditation/invitation form

Contact accreditation@citia.org specifying your full name and film title.

14 - My film was not chosen by the Festival; how can I take part?

The person who submitted the film should receive official notification (by the end of April) that the film has not been selected.

To take part in Annecy 2020 Online, you must get your own accreditation and reserve accomodation.

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