Minister of Culture
Annecy is the first film festival to spring to life again after this very trying period we’ve come through. I’m happy that the ball of a gradual return to normalcy has been inaugurated by the magic and absolute freedom so inherent to animation! Animation is a hotbed for immense talents, especially in France, where they are trained in the finest schools and cultivated by renowned studios. This is an industry of excellence that has been accompanied for over 60 years by the public authorities, via the National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image.
I do want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our professionals and warmly thank them. Working with them, the State has built solutions to assist the cinema and audiovisual sector during the crisis, mobilizing over one billion euros for the industry via cross-cutting schemes and specific measures, aimed at both companies and creatives. Over the course of these many weeks, we’ve spoken extensively together and today these dialogues are bearing fruit: the fruits of a strong upturn, an ever-present rush of public enthusiasm, and this delights me.
After the collective ordeal, hope springs anew, in France and abroad. Together, public powers and creative players alike, we are all looking forward, in the same direction.