All foreign nationals (non-EU) wishing to come to France, even for professional reasons, need to be able to present regulatory documents at the border indicating the purpose of stay, means of subsistence and accommodation conditions.
Generally, unless exempted, a visa is necessary, which must be requested prior to departure from the French Embassy or Consulate in the applicant's country of residence.
If you are a citizen of the European Union (EU)
You don't need a visa, just an identity card.
For citizens outside of the EU
An up-to-date passport, issued less than 10 years ago, is mandatory. The validity should be more than 3 months after the allocated visa.
Depending on your nationality, check out with the French Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence if a visa is also necessary.
You will find more info on the France Diplomatie site.
How to get a visa?
You'll need the following documents:
- Official invitation letter* from the International Animation Film Festival and Mifa
- Schengen short-stay visa request form
How to get an invitation letter?
- Make a request for online accreditation
After your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a username and password allowing you to request your official invitation letter.
- Complete the request form for an invitation letter and return it by email before 30th April, to CITIA
You will receive an official invitation letter* from the International Animation Film Festival and Mifa to make your visa request.
It is highly recommended that you return your request form at latest the 30th April in order to have your invitation letter in time: The official procedure to get your Visa often takes time.
Make sure you include the name on your passport on the form, which will then be indicated on the invitation letter for the French Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.
The official procedure often takes a long time and CITIA is not in a position to speed up the process. We recommend that you put in your requests as early as possible.
The visa is given at the discretion of the French Consulates and CITIA has no influence over the decisions given by the Consular departments.
*This invitation letter is only valid for you to make a visa request for your visit to the International Animation Film Festival and Market.
The information you send for this letter may be transmitted to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A Swiss visa is not required in transit; passengers coming from or travelling within the Schengen area are not subjected to control.
If you are arriving at Geneva airport, go to the exit on the Swiss side and present yourself at the Festival Welcome desk to pick up the shuttle to Annecy.