Annecy 2022: The Award Winners from a Historic Edition

This 2022 edition of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and its market, the Mifa, was one of reunions and record-breaking figures.

There were 13,248 badgeholders (an 8% increase compared to 2019, our record year), coming from 106 countries, who got together for a week dedicated to animation film. Directors, producers, distributers, students, composers, and more.

“We promised you fireworks but this week was over and above our expectations! Firstly, in terms of attendance, but not only. Annecy 2022 is simply a reflection of how important animation film is worldwide: a major art form and an industry with remarkable agility that is constantly developing”, declared Mickaël Marin, CEO of CITIA, the Festival organiser, during the Closing Ceremony which has just taken place in the Bonlieu Grande Salle.

A ceremony in which 22 Official Awards and Distinctions were presented by 6 juries: discover the Award Winners!

2022 AwardsAnnecy 2023, to the Rhythm of Mexican Animation

During the same evening, Director Guillermo del Toro, originally from Guadalajara, announced to the audience that Mexican animation will take pride of place in 2023, and in the presence of the Mexican Ambassador in France, Madame Blanca Elena Jiménez Cisneros.

Mexico supersedes Switzerland who were the subject of an extensive retrospective in 2022. The Artistic Director Marcel Jean believes that “Mexican animation is little known and deserves to be the focus of a great National overview. Over the last 20 years, discerning moviegoers have discovered works from incredible short film directors: René Castillo, Karla Castañeda, Sofía Carrillo, Rita Basulto, Andrea Robles Jiménez, and Aria Covamonas. It’s time for the international animation film community to take a closer look at the country who has also given us some of the major creators of contemporary live-action filmmaking.”

For this tribute, another of the Festival’s friends and great name in international film, Jorge Gutiérrez, creator of Maya and the Three and El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, will be designing the 2023 Festival poster.

For Véronique Encrenaz, Head of the Mifa, “paying tribute to Mexican animation indicates the long and intense collaboration with this country’s artists, professionals, and students. An extensive umbrella within the Market will welcome the delegation’s professionals and collaborating directly with all the Mexican industry’s players will produce a rich and diverse programme to highlight the vitality and creativity of this country and its artists.”

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