A selection of short films by Annecy International Animation Film Festival to be screened at France Pavilion

/ Partenaires du Pavillon

The France Pavilion at Dubai World Expo, due to be held from 1 October 2021 until 31 March 2022, is delighted to welcome the Annecy International Animation Film Festival as an institutional partner. During the six-month long mega event, the Annecy Festival will present an exceptional selection of short films for each thematic fortnight of the Pavilion.

The Dubai World Expo is expected to be the biggest event of the year 2021, and the France Pavilion will make the most of this biggest global show to highlight France by promoting its companies, excellence, innovations, talents, ideas and assets. 

By scheduling 12 thematic fortnights for the six-month long exhibition, France has chosen to put the United Nation’s initiative for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of its events.

France Pavilion’s event programming

The main goal of each thematic fortnight is to raise public awareness about the major issues and potential challenges shaping the future, as well as to highlight French initiatives and actions in areas such as biodiversity, climate, peace, space and consumption amongst other things.

The scheduled events at the France Pavilion will be open to the general public and will be held at the Belvedere, an exceptional venue offering a panoramic view of the Expo 2020 Dubai site. A wide array of events has been lined up to fit with each theme. The events will include mini-exhibitions, conferences, workshops, masterclasses, round tables, meetings of personalities, presentation of innovative objects, performances, installations and others.  

Within this framework, the Annecy Festival will present a selection of short films illustrating the issues highlighted by each thematic fortnight.

" I am delighted to welcome the Annecy Festival as an Institutional sponsor, which will contribute with a selection of short films made specially to cope with each thematic fortnight. The festival’s valuable resources will enhance French creativity and innovative ideas in all topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals. "

Erik Linquier
Commissioner General for France at Expo 2020 Dubai, and Chairman of Cofrex

The Annecy Festival celebrations will last for the six-month period of the World Expo 

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has been celebrating the best animation movies since 1960. It has soon became the world’s biggest event dedicated to this movie making technique. Complemented in 1985 by the International Animation Film Market (Mifa), which is considered as a major event in the animation industry that brings together about 800 international exhibitors, the Annecy Festival attracts more than 12,000 participants, including students, professionals, journalists, and the general public as well.

" We pride ourselves on being part of the France Pavilion’s events, and its unifying project that highlights French creativity, talent, businesses and savoir-faire.
This is truly the very core of the Annecy Festival, and we are eager to showcase, through the different events, the richness of the animation industry that we regard as the cinema of universality and diversity. "

Mickael MARIN
Director CITIA, Annecy Festival

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