Annecy Festival Launches Artists’ Residency for Feature Film Development

In April 2021, CITIA will welcome its first three resident artists to the Papeteries – Image Factory in Annecy, as it launches a new program dedicated to the visual development of feature films tied to the city’s famous animation festival.

“The development of the Artists’ Residency, which focuses on feature films, is an important and historic step for Annecy. Land of the Festival, Annecy will now become land of creation,” said Mickaël Marin, CEO, CITIA. “This is also an additional commitment for CITIA to support works and artists that are the mainstay of our action. I would like to thank the partners who have agreed to accompany us in this wonderful project. More than ever we need to support creation and culture. It is for our common good.”

The Annecy Festival Residency has been created with support from the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the Haute-Savoie Department, the CNC and France Télévisions.

With international positioning, top-of-the-range mentoring and a unique showcase on the professional world of animation, the Annecy Festival Residency offers a three-month time capsule (April 5 to June 27, 2021), focused on artistic reflection and evolution.

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Registrations open: June 11, 2020

Registration deadline: August 30, 2020

Announcement of the selection: beginning of October 2020

Residency: April 5 to June 27, 2021

From today and until August 30, project leaders can send in their applications. The selection will be announced at the beginning of October 2020. As a signatory to the 50/50 Charter, CITIA pays particular attention to respecting gender parity.

“The Region is proud to be associated with the Annecy Festival’s launch of a new residency project, which fits perfectly in the Region’s strategy developed around the four areas of expertise in film,” said Laurent Wauquiez, Chairman of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. “The current health crisis has made it clear to us that it is vital to continue to create and enable young talents to express themselves, via this new residency project, but also via this year’s digital edition of the Festival. In these uncertain times it is indispensable to safeguard the irreplaceable link with the works and artists.”

“Haute-Savoie is the land of animation film, and the Department has backed the dynamics of this sector for over 40 years: its Audiovisual Production Support Fund has already assisted almost 40 works to see the light of day. So, it is perfectly natural that it supports the new project helmed by CITIA to welcome artists to our territory. Creation, production, moving image education, youth training, international broadcasting and now artist residencies: Haute-Savoie supports all stages and all those concerned within animation film,” said Christian Monteil, Chairman of the Haute-Savoie Department. “Over time this has become one of our territory’s emblems. The resources provided by the Department are massive and testify to a long-lasting commitment. The health crisis that we are currently traversing only highlights the absolute necessity of this investment in favour of quality artistic and cinematographic content.”

“Write, think, hesitate, and take your time, this is how we need to bring forth the beginnings of a creative project! France Télévisions is enthusiastically involved in the Annecy Festival’s residency project, this will be the opportunity for our group to meet new artists and possibly initiate new feature film projects that are always “long-term journeys” for the years to come. More than ever we are supporting French creation and even more specifically the animation sector. Encouraging and meeting new talents should remain essential in the creative cycle,” said Cécile Négrier, Head of France 3 Cinéma, and Tiphaine de Raguenel, Head of Youth Audiences and Animation.




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