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Annecy Opens YouTube Competition

The International Animation Film Festival and YouTube are launching the second edition of the Annecy/YouTube competition.

Press Release from The International Animation Film Festival Annecy

Annecy, 7th February 2011 – The International Animation Film Festival and YouTube are launching the second edition of the Annecy/YouTube competition. This competition is open to all.

“Steeped in tradition, the Festival has always accompanied, or even anticipated, new trends in creation and broadcasting. Encouraging creation on the Web with this competition is consistent with our original mission to bring together talents beyond all borders” said Tiziana Loschi, CITIA Managing Director.

“Building on the success of the first Annecy/YouTube competition, we wanted to once again offer animation creators a place of expression to unleash their talent and creativity” said Anthony Zameczkowski, Director of partnerships YouTube France. “We are convinced that animation needs to be supported and encouraged on the Internet and this competition is a unique opportunity for artists to show off their work to the general public as well as professionals.”

Participants should submit an animated short flm on video of a running time of no longer than five minutes, taking into account the specific theme: “Animation, land of freedom”. This original creation must make a reference to and contain the key words “International Animation Film Festival” and “Annecy 2011”.

Annecy 2011 is particularly focusing its programme on the USA and a reference to this country can also be included in the film.

The short film is to be put online on the YouTube channel of the Annecy Festival from 7th February to midnight 1st May 2011 to the following address: www.youtube.com/annecyfestival

The winner will receive prizes including a Cristal trophy, a diploma and a week at the Annecy Festival from 6th to 11th June 2011 where the flm will be screened.

Event partner, Autodesk, leading publisher of design, engineering and entertainment software, will also be offering licences to 3 prizewinning shorts.

The FestivalThe International Animation Film Festival was created in 1960 and is the biggest event in the world entirely dedicated to animation. Along with its Market (Mifa), the Festival gives the opportunity to discover the latest in animated creation, meet up with great names and young talents, identify new trends and find the perfect business partner… all in one friendly place. The Festival also celebrated its 50th birthday in June 2010.

YouTubeYouTube is the most popular video-sharing websites in the world with almost 20 million visitors in France and more than 500 million around the world. The site allows millions of users to discover, screen and share original videos. YouTube offers a forum to exchange, inform and inspire others across the globe, and serves as a distribution platform for creators of original content and advertisers whatever their status. YouTube, LLC, whose headquarters is situated at San Bruno in California, is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

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