Monday, June 14, 2021

First Hybrid Mifa 2021 Revealed: Connect Online or In-Person

Update (6/12) - Below is Nickelodeon's Virtual Annecy Week 2021 schedule!:

June 14

Greenlighting Diverse Voices
with Ramsey Naito, Karen Toliver, Jessica Julius, Sarah Victor, Peter Gal, and Janet Wu (Moderator)

Mobile First Animation
with John Pagano

Women in Animation: Laura Hohman

June 15-18

Virtual Recruitment with Nickelodeon Animation

June 18

Bikini Bottom Biographies

Featuring special guests from the SpongeBob SquarePants Universe

From Variety:

Animation Booms

This year’s Annecy Festival, the world’s most important animation event, catches the industry in dramatic sea change. One pivot: New studio streamers are driving a massive increased demand for animation. The business is booming like never before. From the past year, Nickelodeon has hired nearly 700 people to work on its shows as it scales up, says Nickelodeon Animation’s Ramsey Naito. “There’s a volume of work being produced that we’ve never had before,” adds Eléanor Coleman, at Blue Spirit, a major French studio.

The Business is Going Truly Global

The pandemic, it’s almost a cliche, has accelerated change. Only about 30% of the crew on one new Nickelodeon show which started production during the pandemic have met in person, Naito notes. Animation has “gone completely global,” Coleman adds. There was a time when people used to work for hire in Indonesia or China. Now, says Coleman, all the top talent in all of the world can live and work anywhere. Competition is global, our reach is global. Animation has really woken up to that.” The consequences of these two factors – the boom, going global – play out throughout this year’s Annecy.


Original post:

Industry leading market’s new, flexible format encourages attendee participation from anywhere; extensive program line-up includes pitches, on-line targeted meetings, and career recruitment; Annecy 2021 runs June 14-19.

As part of the 2021 Annecy Animation Film Festival taking place June 14-19, Mifa 2021, the first hybrid edition of the industry-leading market, is making meetings a priority!

  • In-person attendees the event exhibition area will feature private tables for companies, mini stands for delegations and pavilions. The entire Impérial Palace is providing meeting and viewing areas, as well as the La Voile and Brasserie’s upstairs lounges, restaurants, and terraces. Additional information is available here.
  • Virtual attendees can organize visits and meetings via the Annecy Network and Virtual Stands. Set up profiles, meet with professionals who are attending individually or in delegations and connect live in private virtual rooms. Delegates attending include Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Russia, Argentina, Mexico, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa.

The extensive and varied program includes:

Mifa Pitches:

  • 36 unique projects from all over the world including France, Argentina, Brazil, Ireland, Greece, Latvia, Canada, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Iran, USA, Madagascar, Germany, and Belgium. More information is available here.

Partners Pitches:

70 projects spread across 13 sessions identified by its geographical zone. Including Africa (Digital Lab Africa, Nigeria Focus @ Mifa, Africa2020 Season, NFVF Market Readiness Program), Latin America (La Liga, Chile, Colombia, Animation! Women), Asia (South East Asia Focus 2021, Taiwan, Japan), Middle East (Israel), as well as Europe (Aura in Motion, CEE Animation Forum). More information is available here


  • Discover the company or delegation line-ups, reunited in playlists in Mifa’s video library, that will be added to the completed projects and productions.

Meet the…:

  • Connect - Participate in online targeted meetings dedicated to the talents (the Pitch sessions’ project leaders), festival programmers, book publishers and producers (Gap Financing). More information is available here.

New this year:

  • Meet buyers in a live session or a one-on-one meeting. This line-up includes HBO Max, BBC, Super RTL, Tencent, Rai, Disney, Gloob, ZDF, WarnerMedia, Trace, Sudu Connexion, VRT, SVT, and Akili Networks.
  • In partnership with the Sacem and in collaboration with the Festival International du Film d’Aubagne, Mifa presents MUSIC&CINEMA, for its 3rd character scheme. Meetings with composers will take place in person May 31 – June 5, and online June 7-12.
  • A Meet the… format is open to authors, for a targeted meeting between graphic and literary authors, in partnership with AGrAF.


  • Focus sessions enable participants to gain global understanding of the animation industry in the Baltic states, United Kingdom, Greece, China, and Korea. The program offers an opportunity to encourage meetings and spark new collaborations. More information is available here.


Take advantage of a Virtual Recruitment Area with a special virtual stand and recruiters talk sessions beginning June 15:

  • Nickelodeon, USA
  • Fortiche Prod, France
  • Laika, USA
  • The Third Floor, United Kingdom
  • Blue-Zoo, United Kingdom
  • GO-N, France
  • Axis, United Kingdom
  • Lighthouse, Ireland
  • Netflix, USA
  • Cartoon Saloon, Ireland
More information is available here.

Mifa Campus:

  • In partnership with Unity, the event will take place on June 18 offering a chance to showcase talents from the African continent, from the Festival, as well as the biggest names in animation.
  • The program will include School of Visuals Arts, Disney, Nickelodeon, Cinesite, RECA, VIPO, the Paris-Lyon-Singapore project and their students’ films.
More information is available here.

Originally published: May 25, 2021.

Original source: Animation World Network; Additional source: @NickSchedules.

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