Chairman of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is France’s grand cinema region. We must not forget that the Seventh Art originated here, thanks to the genius of the Lumière brothers. Since that time our area has constantly expanded on this legacy, making us the leading French region in overall numbers of movie theaters, art houses and towns equipped with big screens.
This know-how is also aglow with its many territory-wide festivals dedicated to the cinematographic art. One of these festivals represents the acme of events for all animated film enthusiasts and professionals, a sector of excellence in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The Annecy Festival is truly the world’s foremost meeting place for this full-fledged art: 120,000 admissions, 205 films selected and 432 screened, 92 countries represented… These figures speak volumes.
This year’s 60th celebration is already sparkling with a hybrid format for a festival to be held both on the spot in Annecy as well as circulated across the Web, stoking the fame of animation industry players. The event will also turn its spotlights on the excellence of the African continent’s animation sector.
We know that the health crisis has sorely strained the movie world in all its variegated forms. Making such an event possible allows us to plunge into those strong emotions which only cinema can provide.
Our heartfelt thanks go to the organizers and volunteers who have crafted this event. Our wish is for it to be a source of tremendous inspiration for the general public and professionals alike.