Annecy organizers announced the cancellation of its 2020 edition due to the global pandemic, and confirmed that they are not going to move the Festival to a later date, as “the necessary facilities and the regular events’ calendar, as well as scheduled postponements of other events, do not provide Annecy with a reasonable option”.
“It is with tremendous disappointment that we are resigned to cancelling the Annecy 2020 edition,” organizers said in a statement. “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,” they added.
However, they revealed plans to carry out a virtual market. “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 offering an Annecy 2020 online version that would give access to exclusive works and original content, despite the current circumstances,” organizers said.
“The Official Selection will be announced on 15th April; we will then disclose an offer that will be elaborated and up to the expectations of our festivalgoers and loyal Mifa professionals. 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 statement concludes.