For 60 years, every year, Annecy has assembled image enthusiasts to celebrate animated film at the world’s largest gathering for the profession. This sixtieth anniversary of the International Animation Film Festival deserved a worthy illustration of the event. Although cancelled in 2020 for obvious reasons, the festivities as well as the tribute to animation from the African continent have been rescheduled this year – with an offer adapted to prevailing health regulations.
2021 is the year when we dare to believe in an edition that will (re)animate Annecy. CITIA and its partners have concocted a hybrid design to take up the challenge: from June 14 to 19, conditions permitting, the world of animation will rediscover the road to Annecy and the heart of the city will pulse to in-theater and outdoor screenings, exhibitions and artistic encounters. Via its digital version it will also be possible to experience the Festival from afar, with part of the official selection, unique highlights and exclusive content all available online.
After a crisis-flecked year, the creatives, directors, musicians and editors who work on these films need outstanding events – now more than ever before – to boost and promote their works. Annecy is proud to contribute to the influence of the images industry thanks to “its own” Festival but also thanks to the animation industry that energizes its region throughout the year.
Whether it be on-site or online, there is no doubt that the Festival and its Market will once again draw their fans this year, and that they will continue to substantiate the abundance and vitality of the world’s animated creativity.
Organizers, professionals, film-lovers and visitors, festival-goers from all walks of life, I wish you a 2021 Annecy Festival loaded with surprises and epic movie moments… shared together!