Annecy International Airport. Animation Festival returns to a full-fledged in-person event in 2022, expecting over 10,000 attendees, from over 90 countries from June 13-18.
“The world animation community will be back in Annecy, the unmissable meeting place for the industry and artists”, rejoices the director of the festival, Mickaël Marin.
The Annecy team has been working to maintain the connections and momentum within the animation community during the pandemic, through the 2020 online edition and the 2021 hybrid festival, complemented by masterclasses all throughout the year, professional meetings, seminars and dedicated trips, including recent trips to Nigeria, Israel and Brazil. .
The festival also collaborates with events such as Ventana Sur in Argentina and Animation Day in Cannes.
Annecy’s 2022 lineup includes French-produced feature films and series, such as the opening film, “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” made at Illumination MacGuff for Illumination/Universal; “Arcane”, directed by Fortiche for Netflix/Riot Games; and “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai”, directed by Blue Spirit for Warners.
“Annecy has become the unmissable meeting place for the international industry,” says Eleanor Coleman of Blue Spirit. “There are so many different levels to experience it. Like a festival or a market.
You can go there as a student or an emerging producer. This is the place to be! Highlights from this year include Netflix’s sea monster adventure “The Sea Beast” and first glimpses of DreamWorks Animation’s “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.” , “Ernest and Celestine, a Journey to Gibberitia” and Walt Disney’s “Strange World.” The Netflix Animation Showcase focuses on the streamer’s upcoming slate, from preschool to anime, to adults and tents, offering glimpses of Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio” and Kid Cudi’s “Entergalactic.” “A few years ago we entered the golden age of animation,” Marin says. video, comics and manga are now at the heart of young people’s experiences and allow different art forms to interact.Annecy Intl. Animation Film Market (MIFA) expects around 4,000 attendees.Its various events include a sidebar on work in progress and a gap financing market.
“All the countries want to be back physically in Annecy, specifies Véronique Encrenaz, head of MIFA. “The animation industry has adapted well to the pandemic. Everyone has continued to work and there is exciting content to show. But it is particularly difficult for emerging countries to break into an online format. Annecy will host its first pavilion dedicated to Africa and expects a significant presence of countries with a booming animation sector, such as India, Italy, Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Brazil.
MIFA is holding 10 more pitching sessions and expects a particularly strong turnout from streamers and studios looking for talent.
Some countries will only participate online, including China and Taiwan.
MIFA’s Women in the Animation Industry Spotlight will feature content from various professional associations around the world and host panel discussions, pitch sessions and discussion on the role of women in Japanese animation.
Another highlight at Annecy will be a showcase of projects using real-time animation and the growing links between animation, video games and virtual reality.
“This trend is opening up new opportunities for content,” says Marin. “To create new stories and change the way projects are done. It’s a game changer for talent. A completely different pipeline. There will be more room to experiment. Annecy will have its largest ever XR zone, featuring work-in-progress sessions for XR and VR projects, pitching sessions and dedicated booths for gamers such as Unity and Epic Games.
“I think animation is the most interesting cinematic experience of our time,” concludes Marin.
“You see live action directors moving to animation and vice versa. Talent pushes the boundaries, in terms of techniques and materials. It’s a very exciting time.