Ukrainian Animation at the Annecy International Festival and MIFA Market: National Stand and Animated TV Series Pitching

29 May 2023
Ukrainian Animation at the Annecy International Festival and MIFA Market: National Stand and Animated TV Series Pitching

Ukrainian Animation will be participating in the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market (MIFA) in France for the seventh consecutive year. The festival, which annually attracts thousands of industry professionals from around the world, is scheduled from June 11th to June 17th and will feature a variety of activities dedicated to Ukraine's animation industry.

As a part of this event, Ukrainian Animation Stand (C.21) will be set up and a pitching session for Ukrainian animated TV series will take place. To further foster networking and partnership opportunities, a cocktail reception at the Ukrainian Stand will be organized, enabling delegates from the global professional community to engage with Ukrainian representatives and learn more about cooperation opportunities.

This year, Ukraine's presence in Annecy is made possible through the support of the USAID Competitive Economy Program in Ukraine and is organized by Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival LINOLEUM and Ukrainian Animation Association. The project's partner is Media Resources Management. As a gesture of support for Ukraine, the Festival organizers have generously provided a stand and accreditations free of charge for Ukrainian delegates.

Annecy International Animated Film Market (MIFA) is the world's largest animation market, held in conjunction with the International Animated Film Festival in Annecy. Market participants will have the opportunity to network with 3,000 animation industry professionals, showcase their content to over 400 buyers and distributors, and present their achievements to more than 600 exhibitors from over 70 countries. MIFA comprises numerous events aimed at fostering strong connections within the global animation community.

To highlight the Ukrainian animation industry at MIFA, the organizers are establishing a Ukrainian Animation Stand (C.21). This stand will feature an e-catalog showcasing a diverse range of animation projects from the past five years, accompanied by thematic videos that will effectively represent Ukraine's vibrant animation sector within the market program. The primary objective of this stand is to promote contemporary Ukrainian animation while fostering opportunities for its distribution and international co-production collaborations.

On the first day of the MIFA market, June 13th at 3:00 PM, Ukraine cordially invites everyone interested to learn more about the country's projects and meet with members of the delegation at Stand C.21.

Within the MIFA Business Conference, a panel discussion on Understanding the Ecosystem of Independent Animation Studios: Strategic Issues and Editorial Positioning awaits attendees on June 15th at 9:00 AM in Salle Europe at the Imperial Palace hotel. Joining the panelists will be Iryna Kostyuk, the producer behind the Mavka: The Forest Song, providing insights into the unparalleled box office success of the project both domestically and internationally.

As part of the Partners Pitch program, on June 15th at 6:00 PM (Haendel, 5th floor, Imperial Palace), a pitching session for five Ukrainian animated TV series will take place. Among them:

  1. MAVKA. The Series, ANIMAGRAD Studio
  2. School For Little Monsters, directed by Roman Kepkalo, Yarki Studio
  3. Darling Zhu, directed by Anatoliy Lavrenishyn, anima.toll
  4. Illogical adult world, directed by Iryna Harkavets, Svit Neznaiky
  5. Yoyo. A toy turned into a rebel, directed by Feldman Sisters, Phalanstery Films

The USAID Competitive Economy Program in Ukraine (USAID CEP) supports startups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) aiming to provide support for competitive industries and firms on Ukrainian and international markets, foster a better business enabling environment, and enabling Ukrainian companies to benefit from international trade.

Media Resources Management (MRM) is the first media consulting company in Ukraine, which provides comprehensive services in film, TV, and other creative industries since 2005. It is a part of FILM.UA Group. Selected MRM projects: KYIV MEDIA WEEK, MEDIA BUSINESS REPORTS, PITCH UA, #ucancoproduce, Ukrainian Content. Global Cooperation, MEDIABOOK, and others.