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Annecy Festival Goes Big for 2023

Wait… we get to spend another day by the lake you say? This year’s event will kick off a day earlier, on Sunday, June 11, for 7 full days dedicated to the art of animation; Guillermo del Toro announced this year’s spotlight on Mexican Animation.

Mark your calendars! Annecy Festival 2023 has updated its schedule with an additional day, now offering an entire week (that’s seven whole days!) dedicated to all things animated. The event will kick off Sunday, June 11, and run through June 17.

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival will open on Sunday evening (with a few screenings earlier in the day), with its traditional Opening Ceremony held in the Bonlieu Scène Nationale’s Grande salle.

“Each year, the number of festivalgoers is higher, the content is increasingly varied and comes from all walks of life; subsequently, we find ourselves too restricted by the Festival’s historical format,” shared Mickaël Marin, CEO of CITIA. “Bringing the opening day forward should enable us to improve everyone’s experience and put the Opening Ceremony in the spotlight to increase its prestige in the week’s overall programming.”   

"In recent years, the programming has become increasingly dense,” added artistic director Marcel Jean. “By moving the Opening Ceremony to Sunday, we are re-establishing the agenda so that Monday becomes a fully-fledged Festival Day. Also, a few screenings will enable festivalgoers to begin discovering the program on Sunday.”

“It’s only December,” added Jean. “…yet we already know that the program will satisfy the most critical audiences. Quality and diversity have already made the cut, both with the major studios and the independent studios alike."               

As announced by Guillermo del Toro, Mexican animation will be in the spotlight!

To respond to emerging challenges,

MIFA - The International Animation Film Market is also restructuring for professionals and young talents around three offerings and areas - one of which is new.

  • Stands and pavilions in the Exhibition Area.
  • Industry Content (conferences, discussion panels, and meetings) at the Impérial Palace and La Volière.
  • Talents Content (training, recruitment, etc.) in a new dedicated area: Le Campus – the event is expanding one day to MIFA’s Tuesday – Friday schedule.

More information about MIFA 2023 is available here.

Source: Annecy Festival

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.