|DELPHINE ERNOTTE CUNCI
CEO of France Télévisions
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has taken on very special meaning in 2021 for France Télévisions and for the entire animation industry.
The continuation of France 4 beyond next August, announced by the President of the Republic on May 18, is indeed excellent news. This decision denotes recognition for the decisive role the channel has played since the start of the health crisis and for the specific efforts it has made toward younger viewers.
It is especially good news for showcasing French animation on public television. Since a dedicated linear channel is to be continued, now more than ever before, France Télévisions will be able to strengthen its position as a leading partner promoting creative French works for children.
At the same time, the Group’s digital transformation, particularly via the 2019 launch of Okoo, must be pursued. Faced with a landscape of platforms, public service needs to continue to combine the power of linear broadcasting with the outstanding value of the catalog of a digital platform accessible to all, free of charge.
Like never before, the dynamic and lively partnership linking France Télévisions to the animation industry must be allowed to thrive. It helps us accompany the creation of works which are strongly diversified, beloved by young viewers and reputed for their quality. This partnership heightens the influence of French animation throughout the world and, while enabling us to weave strong ties with our young TV viewers, aligns completely with France Télévisions core missions.
Long life to creativity, and excellent festival to all!