The biggest and best animation festival in the world, Annecy, is accepting submissions for both finished films and projects in development! South Africa benefits from a very special relationship with Annecy and its associated market, MIFA, thanks to the hard work of Animation SA, our partners and the generosity of our friends at Institut Francais. As a result – and of course, due to the quality of our work – we’ve had a strong showing in recent years, culminating in two wins at 2016’s Cristal Awards, not to mention the first ever African student film in competition (ARID by Charl van der Merwe) – and the first French/SA coproduction (Bugbox’s Musi & Cuckoo)!
Read all about our awesome Annecy 2016 here… or better yet, watch the video below!
Interested in coming along? Great!
Should you wish to attend Annecy, there are a few options to think about:
- ENTER A PROJECT!
If you have a finished film, why not submit to Annecy for the chance to be screened “in competition”? Entry is free! If you are selected, some of your funding will be covered by the festival, and you’ll stand a better chance of securing government funding from NFVF and/or DTI.
If you have a project in development, you can enter into MIFA’s prestigious pitching opportunities. Now this is where it gets tricky… there is the international pitch, which is open to the whole world, and then the Animation du Monde pitch, which has been opened up to certain emerging territories that MIFA wishes to champion as countries with great potential in animation. You can enter both – for free!
2. APPLY FOR FUNDING THROUGH ANIMATION SA
As a student or professional, you can also apply directly to NFVF and DTI for funding. The best way to do this is to join Animation SA and apply to be on the official South African delegation. Every year’s funding process is different, so make sure you’re on our mailing list and we’ll keep you in the loop!
3. GO ON YOUR OWN STEAM
Why leave it up to chance? If you’re sure you want to go (and you do) save up and join us! The expedition will cost you between R16 000 and R20 000, depending on where you find accommodation. Animation SA is happy to assist members with questions.
We look forward to seeing you there!