Annecy Festival 2020 Cancelled, Plans Online Version

Annecy Festival 2020 Cancelled, Plans Online Version

Annecy Festival (15-20 June 2020) is the latest of festivals to announce its cancellation - and moving to an "online version, giving access to exclusive works and content".

The coronavirus crisis also had its effect to the French celebrated festival. However, 2020 selection results will still be announced (15th April for all categories except for VR works).

The Annecy Festival online programme will appear by the end of April. The tribute to animation from the African continent, and the Annecy Festival's 60th anniversary, will be programmed into the 2021 edition.

It hasn't been clarified yet if selection results announcement plus online film access will also imply jury work to be conducted and prizes given during the online June 2020 event. Zippy Frames has reached out to Annecy Festival organizers for a comment. Their response "we're working an a solution, too early to answer".

Next official festival date: 14 to 19 June 2021.

Read the Annecy Festival statement:

It is with tremendous disappointment that we are resigned to cancelling the Annecy 2020 edition.

Over the past few weeks, driven by our passion and our enthusiasm, despite the confinement constraints we were nevertheless hoping to maintain the exceptional edition that we had in store for you.

But today, the rationale and the international situation compel us to act with lucidity and responsibility. To show our respect and our deep gratitude to the health care providers, as well as all those who choose solidarity and the public interest.
Annecy is a party, a "family gathering". We cannot bring ourselves to celebrate animation and our 60th anniversary when some amongst you would not be able to attend.

For several weeks, our founding members, partners, suppliers, professionals and creators have been sending us their full support, and for this we are immensely grateful. These encouragements motivate us to offer an Annecy 2020 online version that would give access to exclusive works and original content, despite the current circumstances.

We will soon disclose an offer that will be elaborate and up to the expectations of our festivalgoers and loyal Mifa professionals.

The Official Selection will be announced on 15th April (not including VR Works, whose registration deadline has been moved to 15/04). The team is mobilised on this project, so see you in the forthcoming days, and from 14th to 19th June 2021 to finally celebrate, as it should be, the Festival’s 60th anniversary and African animation, in Annecy - The Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market team

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