Next year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival & Market in France is set to celebrate African animation and showcase content from African artists.
African animation will be the core of the 2020 event, alongside the Institute Français’s Africa 2020 season.
Event organiser CITIA’s CEO Mickaël Marin said: “This tribute is a central point of many of our recent initiatives, the creation of Animation du Monde in 2015. Pitch sessions for projects from emerging countries as well as the creation of competitive category Perspectives in 2017 are two solid examples of our desire to provide increased visibility to these countries and to promote their astounding creativity.”
Véronique Encrenaz, head of MIFA, the market part of the event, said: “The presence of African studios and artists is increasingly high at MIFA and we would like to showcase it further by creating a special pavilion, as well as a series of meetings and project presentations.”
Marcel Jean, the festival’s artistic director, said: “We would like to assist productions from the entire continent and bring them into the spotlight, from pioneering works to contemporary young filmmakers, from Maghreb to South Africa, and Senegal to Egypt. In the development of this African animation structure, we intend to collaborate with local organisations and call on African programmers. This will be the opportunity for festival-goers at Annecy to discover a still far too little-known cinematography.”
There will be various screenings, meeting and conferences that will enable participants learn about diverse aspects of production in Africa.