The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has started accepting entries for its Mifa Pitches, a showcase of original animation projects in the early stages of development.
As the name of the program suggests, the pitches will take place at Mifa, the animated film market that runs parallel to the prestigious film festival.
Entries will be accepted for projects in four categories: feature films, short films, television series and specials and finally interactive creations/transmedia.
The MIFA organisers have made it clear that they would particularly welcome an increase in submissions from the United States. Only around 6% of the 342 projects submitted last year came from the States.
The pitches have been designed to showcase new ideas and creators from around the globe. In 2015, an additional category – Animation du Monde – was added to highlight projects from emerging animation countries in Africa, South America, and Asia.
In addition to the opportunity of presenting a project to the international community, numerous prizes are awarded including distribution deals, residencies and individual production grants of up to 35,000 euros ($41,500 USD).
Submitted projects must be in the first phase of development (script, storyboard, statement of intent, graphic research). Students can submit projects too, though the projects must be developed independently of any animation course. A faq with further details can be found on the Annecy website.
Last year, over 170,000 euros in production funding was distributed among the prizewinners.