Who will win the Cristal award? Every year in June, the same suspense grips the charming town of Annecy. Having become a world leader in the field of animation over the years, the Annecy Festival offers an international competition with over 200 films from around the world including short and feature films, TV movies and final year student films. Alongside the competition there are premières at the town's various venues, exhibitions, student meetings, conferences, retrospectives and signings. Every night, free outdoor screenings take place on Le Pâquier field.
Founded in 1960 and organised by CITIA, Annecy Festival's aim is to reveal and promote creations by the greatest animation studios as well as young talents. Since 1985, the award given to the winners of the competition has been the "Cristal", an original creation by the Slovakian glassmaker Yan Zoritchak. The list of award-winning films is a prestigious one and includes such works as Porco Rosso by Hayao Miyazaki (1993), James and the Giant Peach by Henry Selick (1997) or Kirikou and the Sorceress by Michel Ocelot (1999).
Throughout the week, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival is accompanied by the International Animated Film Market (Mifa). This market aims to promote meetings between professionals and inform the public about current events and developments in the animation industry.