Head of Mifa, CITIA
This year the tribute to African animation plus the Festival’s 60th anniversary mean so much for Mifa, besides this return to a semblance of normal life and meetings at the lakeshore.
Being able, at one and the same time, to learn from the greatest artists and professionals of animated filmmaking, to hear the novel stories from young talents or discover new styles arising this year from Africa but also from around the world, graceful Mifa will be doing the splits. Inspirations from the past and new imaginings promise us a thriving edition. It seems that animation has definitively spread to all continents and soon to their every corner, in myriad fashion contributing to greater understanding, sharing and inclusion.
Despite a year of lockdown – or perhaps we should say grace? – creativity has never been so animated, reaching us from all sides, heralding future international productions and co-productions.
A sign of the times, regional collaborative models are now springing up and they will be tomorrow’s secret to success. Learning to create and exchange as close to home as possible, to then better share with this vast world. This is doubtless the key to more authentic storytelling, allowing the world’s populations and territories to recite and preserve their stories and languages, and enabling a whole industrial and economic fabric to emerge and serve creativity.
While today’s health context makes things quite complicated for a Market that usually convenes the world’s professionals to Annecy’s lakeside every year, in spite of it all, Mifa continues throughout the months to accompany and back the international animation industry. Mifa invites you to discover a rich and eclectic program, on-line or in person, for this very first and quite historical hybrid edition, foreshadowing new market models for the years to come.