Programming highlights for the 2019 MIFA market — running concurrent with the Annecy Festival from June 11-14 — are beginning to take shape. The international MIFA Pitches program is enjoying another record-setting year, four rising toon territories are confirmed for the regional focus sessions, and eight feature film projects seeking gap financing are ready to meet with potential partners.
Out of a record 498 submissions, 37 projects will be presented at the MIFA Pitches over five category sessions:
Tuesday, June 11: Interactive & Transmedia Creations, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12: Feature Films, 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Short Films, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 13: TV Series & Specials, 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Animation du Monde, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The selection offers a comprehensive overview of next-wave creativity around the world, with participants from France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, China, South Korea, Singapore, Russia, U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, etc. The Prizes & Partners ceremony will be held Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Impérial Palace (by invitation).
Selected pitches and more information here.
This year, MIFA Pitches will be held in the Salle du Lac on the MIFA Platform; reservation required for attendees.
Already confirmed for the Pitching Territory Focus, in which regional organizations support and showoff their home-grown talent, are Latin America, South Africa, Japan and Quebec, Canada. The sessions will be held JUne 12 & 13 at the Impérial Palace (full program coming online soon).
During the Gap Financing program, fincancers, investors, distributors, sales agents and other potential stakeholders can meet the producers behind eight animated feature projects with at least 85% of their budget secured. The Meet the Producers mixer will be held Tuesday, June 11 from 9-11 a.m. at the Impérial Palace.
The projects are:
No Dogs or Italians Allowed, Alain Ughetto (Les Films du Tambour de Soie, Foliascope, Vivement Lundi!, Graffiti, Nadasdy Film; France/Italy/Switzerland)
Beast, Miguel Ángel Uriegas (Mantarraya Films, Fotosintesis Media; Mexico)
Saules aveugles, femme endormie (Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman), Pierre Foldes (Miyu Prod, Cinema DeFacto; France)
Icare, Carlo Vogele (Iris Prod., Rezo Films Int’l; Luxembourg/Belgium/France)
Aurora’s Sunrise (Bars Media, Gebruder Beetz Filmproduktion; Armenia/Germany)
My Sunny Maad, Michaela Pavlátová (Sacrebleu Prod., Negativ Film, BFilm.CZ; France/Czech Republic)
Josep, Aurélien Froment (Les Films d’Ici, In Efecto, Les Films du Poisson Rouge, promenons nous dans les bois, Lunanime; France/Belgium/Spain)
Len and the Song of the Whale, Manuel Alejandro Victoria & Manu Samhita (LEN SAS; Colombia)
More information available here.