The Annecy International Animated Film Festival will celebrate women who have left their mark on the history of animation, current figureheads and promising young creatives from film schools in animation at this year’s annual festival.
Set for June 15-20 in Annecy, France, the festival’s official poster will be designed by Regina Pessoa, winner of the Annecy Cristal in 2006 for her short film, Tragic Story with Happy Ending. Her poster will be unveiled in March.
The spotlight on women also will include an all-female jury, programs of films by women directors and a tribute to female animation pioneers made through films specially created by students from Gobelins l’école de l’image.
The festival also will honor this year Spain as guest country and explore the multiple facets of Spanish animation. Special programs, the launch of a DVD book and panel presentations will ensure that that the colors of Spain will pervade the festival program and be well represented at the film market.
The MIFA Film & TV Marketplace, which runs June 17-19, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Festival organizers also announced new rules for the feature film competition: Only features that have not been released in France up to the beginning of the Festival will be able to compete.