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Annecy 2020 Announces Online Mifa Program

Running June 15-30, the digital market and business conference will feature an extensive mix of pitch sessions, meetings, press conferences, and access to the latest animated projects. 

Annecy 2020 organizers have just released new details about the upcoming digital edition of the annual Mifa Market. According to Véronique Encrenaz, the Head of Mifa, the entire Mifa team has been busy “preparing a 2020 edition that reflects all the richness, creativity, originality, specificity and profusion of the audiovisual and cinematographic production of animation works.”

As animation production has weathered the pandemic shutdowns with much greater success than live-action, and streaming platform viewership continues to expand, the Mifa remains a vital business gathering. Writers, producers, buyers, and studios continue working; audiovisual production is trying to support a huge demand for content, which was already significant before the outbreak of COVID-19, and is intensifying all the more during this period of confinement.

“In order to support animation professionals across the world and to contribute to the sector’s good health, the Mifa has prepared a 2020 edition rich in content and meetings,” Encrenaz shares. “Let’s keep our good habits and meet up on 15th June 2020! From 6th May you can get your accreditations and start filling your diary with numerous screenings and meetings that we are in the process of setting up for you.”

The digital Mifa will include the following market and conference resources:

Virtual Stands

Build your profile and meet professionals from other countries, either individually or reunited delegations such as Japan, China, Malaysia, Belgium, Chile, Russia, Argentina, Mexico, United Kingdom, South Africa, and more, and talk live with them via the live-chat. Click here for more info.

Mifa Pitches / Comics Mifa Pitches (new) / Territory Focus Pitching

Take a one-to-one meeting with over 80 project leaders. There are: 38 projects as part of the Mifa Pitches and more than 30 projects in the Pitching – Territory Focus. Coming from: Latin America (La Liga), South East Asia (Southeast Asia Focus 2020), Japan, Russia and Africa.

Share With Sessions

Check out the list of buyers and, at the end of May, reserve a spot with the head buyers from the main channels, platforms and distribution companies (Hop !, Cartoon Network, Tencent, ZDF, France Télévisions, YLE, Super RTL, etc.).

Mifa Campus

Event just for students and young talents combining technology with creation; the artists’ points of view (Juan Pablo Zaramella; Disney, Nickelodeon, etc.) and guidance towards the working world (assistance with creation, behind the scenes of an animation studio, employment market overview), all via the CNC, RECA (list of animation schools), SVA (sound, video, animation, etc.).

Open access, Tuesday 16th June (then available on replay). UNITY is the official partner.

Meet the…

Attend meetings aimed at festival programmers (NYC Children Film Festival, Ottawa, Cinekid, Biaf, etc.), composers (in partnership with Sacem) and book publishers (in partnership with SCELF).

Industry Territory Focus

Come and discover co-production opportunities with China, Japan, and others.

Video Library

Producers, benefit from a viewing space for your finished content or a project. Registrations start on 18th May (1 Mifa accreditation = 3 films in the video library). Buyers don’t miss viewing before, during and after the Annecy Online, all the content is made available in this space from May 2020 to March 2021.

Press Conferences

Live Q&A sessions organized, discover all the latest news from the main channels/platforms/professional organizations, such as France Télévisions (presentation of their animation line up), the M6 Group (the M6 Group and children’s animation), the SPFA and Digital Lab Africa, and more.

Mifa Special Events

Tune in and appreciate the institutions’ talks. On the program: European Film Forum ("The Audiovisual Sector in a Post-Pandemic World: Focus on Animation"), Unifrance and many more.

Women in Animation and Les Femmes s’Animent will also be presenting a conference.

"We look forward to welcoming the many professionals and talents from around the world,” Encrenaz adds. “Together let’s make this Mifa 2020 online edition rich with meetings, exchanges, discoveries and of course acquisitions!”

Remember that the Mifa accreditation (110 euros VAT incl.) also provides access to the entire Festival content: Official Selection, exclusives, WIP, Making of, Masterclasses…for 15 days. Get your accreditation here.

Source: Mifa

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