2024 Mifa Pitches Awards Announce Winners at Annecy Festival, France

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The 2024 Annecy Festival in France announced the winners of the Mifa Pitches Awards, highlighting emerging international animators. Forty-one projects in development were showcased, with prizes awarded in Short Films, Feature Films, TV Series & Specials, and Digital Experiences categories. Key partners included SACD, Kasagi Labo, and Disney+. The event supports project development through financial grants, residencies, and industry opportunities.

The prestigious 2024 Mifa Pitches Awards were held at the Annecy Festival in France, celebrating the creativity and innovation of emerging animators from around the world. This year, 41 projects currently in development were showcased, providing a platform for young creators to present their work to a global audience.

The awards ceremony took place this evening, revealing the talented winners across various categories. These include Short Films, Feature Films, TV Series & Specials, and Digital Experiences. The event not only highlights the promise of these developing projects but also offers significant support to propel them towards completion.

In the Short Films category, several notable prizes were awarded. The ARTE France Prize includes the pre-purchase of a short film for broadcast on the Court-Circuit program. The Ciclic Prize offers 35,000 EUR and a six-month animation residency in Vendôme. The NEF Animation Prize provides a creativity grant and a one-month residency at Fontevraud Abbey. Additional prizes include the Open Workshop Prize, SACD Prize, Studios Alhambra Prize, and the Mifa Prize – Animation du Monde, which offers an invitation to the next edition of the Annecy International Animation Film Market.

For Feature Films, the Ciclic Prize provides 25,000 EUR and a two-month animation residency in Vendôme. The Cristal Publishing Prize covers the creation and fabrication of original music for a feature film trailer. The Kasagi Labo Prize offers a 5,000 EUR grant or a 10,000 EUR purchase option for feature film development. The SACD Prize awards 7,000 EUR for feature film projects, and the TitraFilm Prize covers essential post-production work.

The TV Series & Specials category, supported by Disney+, includes a 25,000 EUR Ciclic Prize and a 5,000 EUR Disney+ Prize for a new series. The TitraFilm Prize also supports post-production work, while the Mifa Prize – Animation du Monde provides an invitation to the next Annecy International Animation Film Market.

In the Digital Experiences category, the Weird Market Prize offers full accreditation and meals for the Weird Market’s 16th edition in Valencia. The Stereopsia Booster Prize includes direct selection and an 800 EUR-fee waiver for the Booster coaching and pitching program at Stereopsia EUROPE.

The Annecy Festival extends its gratitude to its partners, including SACD, Kasagi Labo, and Disney+, for their generous support, which makes these awards possible. Their contributions help ensure that these promising projects receive the recognition and support they deserve.

2024 Mifa Pitches Award Winners:

Short Films Category:

  • ARTE France Prize: Pre-purchase of a short film for Court-Circuit.
  • Ciclic Prize: 35,000 EUR and a six-month animation residency in Vendôme.
  • NEF Animation Prize: Creativity grant and a one-month residency at Fontevraud Abbey.
  • Open Workshop Prize: 2–6-month residency at The Animation Workshop and a 3,000 EUR grant.
  • SACD Prize: 5,600 EUR financial support and invitation to Annecy Festival.
  • Studios Alhambra Prize: Post-production work on a short film project (value of 2,000 EUR).
  • Mifa Prize – Animation du Monde: Invitation to the next Annecy International Animation Film Market.

Feature Films Category:

  • Ciclic Prize: 25,000 EUR and a two-month animation residency in Vendôme.
  • Cristal Publishing Prize: Creation and fabrication of original music for a feature film trailer.
  • Kasagi Labo Prize: 5,000 EUR grant or 10,000 EUR purchase option for feature film development.
  • SACD Prize: 7,000 EUR financial support and invitation to Annecy Festival.
  • TitraFilm Prize: Post-production work on a feature film pilot or development assistance.

TV Series & Specials Category:

  • Ciclic Prize: 25,000 EUR and a two-month animation residency in Vendôme.
  • Disney+ Prize for a New Series: 5,000 EUR for development.
  • TitraFilm Prize: Post-production work on a TV series or special pilot.

Digital Experiences Category:

  • Weird Market Prize: Full accreditation and meals for the Weird Market’s 16th edition.
  • Stereopsia Booster Prize: Direct selection and 800 EUR-fee waiver for The Booster program at Stereopsia EUROPE.

The Annecy Festival and Mifa Pitches continue to be pivotal in supporting the next generation of animators, helping them bring their creative visions to life.