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5 things you must see at Annecy Festival and Mifa 2017.
In just a few days, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2017 launches six days of illustration, imagination and innovation. From June 12 to 17, there will be over 500 screenings, spanning more than 400 hours, across 230 films competing from 49 countries in the Official Selection.
The event is not only a household name in the animation world, but increasingly mainstream pop culture. Among the most notable names expected at the 2017 edition include Guillermo del Toro, Carlos Saldanha, Go Nagai, Joann Sfar, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, musicians Mat Bastard, Gringe, The Toxic Avenger and actor Douglas Booth. Last year’s Annecy Festival saw the premiere of Disney’s blockbuster “Finding Dory” and then-French president François Hollande paid a visit to Mifa.
Mifa is the International Animation Film Market attached to the Annecy Festival. As one of the foremost professional events of our industry, it hosts and promotes co-producing initiatives, purchasing, selling, financing and distributing animation content for all broadcasting platforms across 4,300 sq. metres and 550 exhibiting companies — including Toon Boom! (Editor’s note: check out our insider’s guide on what to do at Mifa 2017 plus our pro tips on how to find a studio job there.)
With more big-name, big-budget animations set to premiere this year, and a couple of huge announcements anticipated, Toon Boom put together this list of five things you must see at Annecy Festival and Mifa 2017.
1. "Zombillenium” kicks off the festival.
Arthur de Pins adapted his three-volume graphic novel “Zombillenium” into a film of the same name — and earned himself a spot on “Variety’s 2017 10 Animators to Watch” in the process. On Monday, June 12, he and his co-director Alexis Ducord will launch Annecy 2017 with their quirky feature about an amusement park run by real-life monsters. If it’s anything like the comic that inspired it, it’s certainly not to be missed.
2. Two HUGE announcements from Toon Boom.
We will have a booth at Mifa 2017 (located at 2.009) where we’ll be unveiling our refreshed branding plus our newest product, Producer — an asset management and production tracking tool that promises to improve collaboration and promote never-before-seen efficiencies within the Toon Boom Pipeline. If that’s not enough, we will also be doing fun contests where you can win free swag and licences to our other products like Toon Boom Harmony and Storyboard Pro.
3. “Despicable Me 3”, “Cars 3” and more from Hollywood.
While some, including Tunde Vollenbroek of “Cartoon Brew”, lament the injection —and influence— of major American studios into the once-indie ecosystem of Annecy, it is undeniable that they also bring sizeable attention to the event. Among the Hollywood highlights are Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me 3” premiering on Wednesday, June 4. Competing studio Pixar will also have special showings of “Cars 3” as well as a first look at upcoming feature “Coco” and short film “Lou” on Friday, June 16.
4. DreamWorks will have you pinching yourself.
The American studio has a lot going on at the Annecy Festival and Mifa 2017. It will be doing the French premiere of “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” on Thursday, June 15, with director David Soren present. An episode of “Trollhunters”, DreamWorks’ collaboration with Netflix, will also be screened in competition. Director Guillermo del Toro will be present for book signings, and will be mentoring the next generation with a chat at the first-ever Mifa Campus.
5. Animation gets very, very adult.
The Annecy Festival will be bringing sensual selections to its 2017 offerings with “Erotic Animation: Tastes and Colours”. It will cover three themes: “GL(amour)”, “Wet Dreams” and “La joie de vivre”. Each evening from Monday to Friday, audiences can take an animated journey through the sexual subconscious, desire and fantasy, and entertainment and celebrity.
What are you most excited for at Annecy and Mifa 2017? Let us know in the comments below!