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Attend the European Film Forum in Annecy

The European Commission is holding the next European Film Forum (EFF) in Annecy, France, on 15 June during The Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market

The event, designed to develop a strategic policy agenda on European film in the digital era, focuses on animation for the first time and is entitled Europe’s Animation Industry – how do we build scale?

Looking at the current concerns of the animation industry in Europe and the barriers that exist, the conference asks how the industry can be supported to be more successful. It also discusses the challenges for private financing and how the public sector can help, and includes an interview with Ignacio Perez Dolset, founder of Ilion Animation Studios and Pyro Studios, as well as a panel discussion with producers and distributors, cinemas and public authorities on the wider animation industry.


Moderator: Ivan Brincat, Policy Officer - Media Programmes and Euronews at the European Commission

2:30pm - 2:35pm - Welcome by Martin Dawson, Deputy Head of Unit - Media Programmes and Euronews at the European Commission

2.35pm - 2:45pm - Snapshot: Facts & Figures on the Animation Industry in Europe by Marta Jiménez Pumares, European Audiovisual Observatory

2:45 - 3:05pm - Interview with Ignacio Perez Dolset, Ilion Animation Studios

3.05pm - 4:25pm - Panel Discussion: How do we build scale in the animation sector? 


  • Mikko Setälä, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Rovio
  • Mark du Pontavice, Chairman and CEO, Xilam
  • Annemie Degryse, CEO/Producer Lumiere Group
  • UNIC – name to be confirmed
  • Valérie Bourgoin, Deputy Director for Audiovisual and Digital Creation, CNC

4:20pm - 4:30pm  - Closing remarks and wrap-up by Martin Dawson

The European Film Forum Annecy 2016 takes place in the L'Impérial Palace Verdi A&B and is open to all accredited guests of The Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market. 

If you would like to discuss Creative Europe funding opportunities during the festival you can contact the following European Commission representatives to set up an appointment: Genevieve Felgueiras, who manages the Single Projects and Slate development schemes, or Sabine Minniti, who looks after TV-programming. 

Image: Angry Birds, by Rovio