Eight feature films selected for the Annecy Mifa Pitches

Happy ending by Marie Amachoukeli and Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka is one of the 32 projects pitched at the international animated film market

Happy ending by Marie Amachoukeli and Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka

A few days before the world’s biggest animation event, the next Annecy Festival (from June 13 to 18), unveils its official selection, the 32 projects (chosen from 472 files) which will be pitched during Mifa online‘s market have now been unveiled. Among them, eight feature film projects, including Happy endingwhich marks the French talent Marie Amachoukelithe first steps of in the world of animation, after having co-directed the winning film at the Caméra d’Or in Cannes in 2014 party girl [+see also:
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and recently shot his second fiction feature film Ama Gloria – read our article).

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Marie Amachoukeli also wrote the screenplay for Happy endingwhich she will co-lead with Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka who is also responsible for the graphic design of the film. For the record, the duo had already been nominated for the César for best animated short film in 2018, courtesy of I want Pluto to be a planet again. Target an adult audience, Happy ending revolves around an interesting idea: what if death disappeared overnight? And what of the world and Bertha King, a former career soldier now deeply suicidal and devastated by this development? Production is managed by Emmanuel-Alain Raynal behalf Miyu Productions (who are preparing to unveil Pierre FoldesBlind willow, sleeping woman).

Two other French projects stand out in the 2022 Mifa Pitches selection: The Fire Keeper by Jeanne Irzensky (supervised by Gao Shan Pictures – read our news) and The dancing heart by Pierre LeCouviour and Amine El Ouarti. Produced by Long live Monday!, the latter is aimed at children and families, with a story that takes us back to 1918 in Douarnenez, land of fishermen and legends. Venaig’s father is fighting at the front. To bring him back, she decides to organize a party that they and the inhabitants of the Breton port loved before the war. But the adults of the city don’t feel like dancing anymore.

Equally eye-catching is an animated documentary aimed at adults and young adults: Pour the water as I’m leaving (Prospi Vode Za Mnom) by the Bosnian director (living in the USA) Daniela Meals. Written by Seen Phamthe story returns to how the brave survivors of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s, who are now in the diaspora, give advice to two characters trying to flee the same war zone.

Target a family audience, Frank MosvoldThe Norwegian project The Legend of Magnus the Good see Denmark (A.Film Production A/S), Norway (Kool Production AS) and the Netherlands (Phanta Vision Film International) joining the production forces. Written by the director alongside Rob Sprackling and John Smith, this action-comedy follows the immature Magnus, a Viking prince who escapes his evil, macho uncle by traveling back in time from the year 1030 to present-day Norway. Here, he meets three drag queens who teach him a thing or two about courage…

Also worth mentioning is a project called igi by Georgia Natya Nikolashvili (also a producer via her company 20 steps). Adapted from Jemal Kharchkhadze‘s novel of the same name, the story takes us back to prehistory and in the company of a primitive tribe that still walks on all fours. Igi is a young man who looks like others but whose inner thoughts and feelings set him apart. He is the first to get up, and huge changes take place in his mind, and in his relationship to society…

The two other feature film projects selected for the Mifa Pitches (taking place on June 15 and 16) are Mexico The Ballad of the Phoenix and Zimbabwe Tribebut the selection also includes Short Film Pitches, Special Series and TV Pitches and Digital Experience Pitches, all taking place alongside Partner Pitches which will highlight talents from a specific country or category (in particular the Switzerland via GIFF, which is dedicated to digital experiences, and Spain via ICEX).

The selected projects are:

Feature films

The dancing heartPierre LeCouviourAmine El Ouarti (France)
Production: Long live Monday!

TribeTendayi Nyéké (Zimbabwe)
Production: Ndiani Productions PTY LTD, Triggerfish Animation Studios (PTY) LTD.,

igiNatya Nikolashvili (Georgia)
Production: 20 steps

Happy endingMarie Amachoukeli, Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka (France)
Production: Miyu Productions

The Ballad of the PhoenixArturo Ambriz, Rodolfo Ambriz (Mexico)
Production: Cinema Fantasma

The Fire KeeperJeanne Irzensky (France)
Production: Gao Shan Pictures

Pour the water as I’m leaving (Prospi Vode Za Mnom) – Daniela Meals (Bosnia and Herzegovina/USA)
Production: Shrine13, Yellow Inc.

The Legend of Magnus the GoodFrank Mosvold (Denmark/Norway/Netherlands)
Production: A.Film Production A/S), Kool Production AS, Phanta Vision Film International

Short films

ArborValentino Lasso (Mexico)

Hot water bolsitaYuliana Paula Brutti (Argentina)

The little white queenMathieu Georis, Théo Hanosset (Belgium)
Producer: Ozu Productions

The sorrow of the sunflowersLea Krawczyk (France)
Producer: The Astronauts

Petra and the groundStefania Malacchini, Maria Luisa Furche (Chile)

ShokoladiFabian Guamaní Aldaz, Medea Sharikadze (Ecuador/Georgia)

super sillyVeronica Martiradonna (France)
Production: Sacrebleu Productions

The day I smoked a cigarette with my fatherRobin Vouters, Sameh Alaa (France)
Production: The Valseurs

Digital experiences

motel at sunsetGilles Jobin (Switzerland/France)
Directed by: CIE Gilles Jobin, Nadasdy Film SARL, Floreal Films

Mary DwieWioletta Sowa (Poland)
Production: Likaon SP. ZOO

OrbisEric Serre (USA/France)
Production: Lucid Realities, Ink Stories, Lucid Camera

The Backwind HordeMorgane Schmitt Giordano (France)
Production: Small Bang, Studio NEB (Association Blend Awake), Studio Manette, Cosmotone

Anouschka and the braid of timeTamara Shogaolu (Netherlands/USA)
Production: Ado Ato Pictures

Incredible monster!Raphael Penasa (France/Switzerland)
Production: Wowl, small creation

MelancholyStephane Hueber-Blies, Nicolas Blies (France/Luxembourg)
Production: Lucid Realities, A_BAHN

Series and specials

Magic Mission in MexicoHefang Wei (France)
Production: Kazakh productions

Greetings from the ApocalypseMaryka Laudet, Quentin Camus Durand (US/UK)
Realization: Management 360, Pictures Passion

my superhero husbandAlex Tagali (Greece)
Production: Addart

Polo without boboSophie Castaignede (France)
Production: large company

Grandpa and Grandma made the revolutionAgnès Patron, Sophie Nivelle-Cardinal (France)
Production: Silk Drum Films

yukonMartin Engh, Jakob Thommessen (Norway)
Production: Imaginary Film

The Thoughts of JupiterJupiter Moumouni Sodre (Burkina Faso/France)
Production: Komadoli Studio

tiger and pigLiang Huang (China)
Produced by: Uyoung Culture & Media Co LTD.

LoveAnna Mantzaris (UK/Sweden)
Production: Passion Pictures

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(Translated from French)

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