The Annecy International Animation Film Festival

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June.

Initially occurring every two years, the festival became an annual event in 1998. It is organised by the CITIA (Cité de l’image en movement d’Annecy).

Some numbers:

  • 115000 tickets sold every year
  • 7500 accredited tickets
  • +500 movies projected
  • 230 movies selected
  • 73 countries represented
  • 26 awards

The festival has given many awards such as: Man on the chair, Pixels, Fantastic Mr Fox, Avril et le Monde truqué. The festival is extremely important for Annecy as it draws a lot of international attention. Hotels and restaurants benefit from the increased tourist trade during the festival. Monday 23rd of May our French school organised a visit of CITIA. The CITIA is similar to an interactive museum, ensuring that all visits are enjoyable.

In earlier times, a lot of devices were used to create films. For example:

The Phenakistoscope which is a disk with symbols drawn on it. The phenakistoscope is placed before a mirror and turned.

The Flip Book is a little flexible book. When you turn the pages you can see the symbols change and it shows a little story.

These types of objects were showed in the CITIA. 

During the visit a lot of cartoons were shown in the museum such as Emile Cohl’s Fantasmagorie. It was really interesting because whilst watching the filmwe had a presentation of which devices were used to create it and how the creators used them.

At the end of the visit we had to create our own cartoon which was both funny and rewarding.

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