The 65th Milan International Film, TV and Multimedia Market (MIFED) kicks off this week with a strong focus on animation, in collaboration with the European MEDIA II program. The six-day event, November 1 -6, will include a designated animation market and even an Animation Day on November 3. Scheduled events include a seminar titled Strategy for the New European Animation Feature Film, and screenings of animated features such as Michel Ocelots Kirikou at la Sorciere and Lanterna Magicas work-in-progress, Lucky and Zorba/The Little Seagull and the Cat. Heading up these animation initiatives at MIFED is Alfio Bastiancich, one of the founders of the television conference, Cartoons on the Bay. He said, As became clear at a seminar held last June at Annecy, animation continues to be poorly represented at the three major cinema markets: Mifed, Cannes and the American Film Market. With Mifed Animation, we aim to develop this new market by offering an organization structure and services to boost and develop new business opportunities.
The November issue of Animation World Magazine, available November 1, focuses on animated feature films, including an article by Chiara Magri about Lanterna Magica and their feature film work. http://www.awn.com/mag