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Call For Pitches: Present Your Animation Project At Annecy 2017

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has put out a call for projects to be presented at its MIFA market and business conference. The prestigious international pitching platform accepts short films, features, television series/specials, and transmedia projects.

Projects must be in the first phase of development (script, storyboard, statement of intent, graphic research). Creators whose projects are selected will receive an invitation to pitch at Annecy, next June 12-17, in front of networks, producers, and distributors. Numerous prizes are awarded to the projects, including various funds and grants that range from 2,000 to 35,000 EUR, residencies, and development aid.

The deadline for candidates to submit a project online is February 1, 2017. Go here to submit a film and here to submit a project.

MIFA’s head of projects Géraldine Baché told Cartoon Brew that she would especially like to see more projects submitted from the United States. Last year, just 15 of the 400 submissions came from the U.S. and the conference believes that there are many more American creators who would take part if they were aware of the opportunity.

Here is a breakdown of what parts of the world the MIFA submissions have come from in the last few years:

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If you’re curious about the type of projects pitched in the past that have actually been produced, the festival keeps track of completed projects on its web site.

  • Ann

    For the life of me, clear information on this event is hard to find. I’ve been going through their website, but I can’t even find a paragraph under the ‘about’ section that tells me what the Annecy MIFA conference IS. Even the wikipedia page offers a very limited description saying it’s a “competition between cartoon films of various techniques” only after describing its history. I’m assume from context it’s like CTNX with a strong emphasis on pitching concepts to buyers? Will Annecy want winners to make a short based off their idea, or do they just get to pitch a slideshow presentation to buyers at the event?

    After reading this article I thought I might have a TV series to submit, but I’m not sure anymore. The guidelines PDF is pretty confusing, I assume they’re just looking for something like a pitch bible? It doesn’t help that most of what the festival’s promotional material showcases is big studio projects from creators like Disney. Are they just doing that because big names draw more attention to the event, or are they looking for pitches to be submitted by people who have previous experience creating major animated films and tv shows and can easily find a team of people to work with? They mentioned students in the FAQ section… Maybe it’s just a sign I don’t have enough experience to submit a pitch? It seems like a pretty big event and I kinda feel like I should know what it is, but I’ve never heard of MIFA before so I don’t.

    I wonder if part of the reason not many Americans apply is because of this?