Annecy long-time no see
Another essential feature of the festival is the International Animation Film Market or MIFA as it is more commonly known. Here is where the Picturesmith showreel was playing, at the Department for International Trade stall. In this area hundreds of stalls allow different animation companies and embassies from around the world to represent themselves. Pitching, promoting and recruiting animation and animators.
It is a real eye-opener to the amount of animation going on in the world and the sheer diversity of the craft. From game engines like Unity showing that you can make films entirely within it. To motion capture stop motion puppets from SMODO; the market has it all. It’s here where I met up with Citoplasmas who had a stall advertising their animation studio and Kinetic Armatures range.
What I love most about Annecy
Putting faces to names and meeting up with people you’ve followed and talked to through various social media. Naturally, most of this networking takes place at two pubs after the screenings are over. The Captain Pub and Café des Arts are usually bursting at the seams with students and professionals networking and drinking overpriced beer. It’s a great opportunity to review the screenings you’ve seen and would recommend, and talk about the world of animation.
With the stop motion world being so small, I was continually bumping into people I knew, had shared a house with or had talked to online (probably picking their brain about how they had achieved a particular shot). Annecy is an excellent opportunity to catch up with animators from all over the world. Several picnics take place over the week held by various animation studios big and small so keep an eye on social media for where and when they are.
Highlights from Annecy 2019
Annecy Top Tips
- Some screenings are on more than once and sometimes 3/4 times so don’t worry about missing out on things.
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