Chairman of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region
It was here in 19th century Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes that the Lumière brothers invented cinema. Since that founding time, our region has never stopped nourishing this legacy, allowing it to grow, unfurling the history of the Seventh Art.
Today we are the grand region of cinema. We are so fortunate to be able to count on a dynamic industry in this field with numerous movie houses throughout our départements, renowned and often prizewinning studios, plus major events dedicated to the art of cinema. Indeed every year we host international festivals exemplifying our territory’s excellence. Among them the Annecy Festival has grown over the years to become the world’s foremost animated film rendezvous.
After a few problematic years due to the health context, we are very pleased to be back on the scene for this event which once again is brimming with promise. For 62 years, the Annecy Festival has shone its spotlight on the animation industry, illuminating an ever-increasingly rich and demanding top-quality selection. It also gives pride of place to our regional studios which have shown themselves to be incredibly talented in this sector. Thus the future of cinema is being scripted in Annecy.
Our congratulations to the organizers and volunteers without whom such events could never take place. We are proud to be on hand, just as we are for the nearly 500 other cultural events we back every year.