These 15 and 16 June 2016, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, in his capacity as Minister for Communications and Media, made the trip to Annecy to visit the International Market of Animated Film (Marché International du film d'animation, MIFA) which takes place in the context of the festival of the same name. This event is the annual unavoidable meeting place for all professionals in the animation industry with 8,250 participants from 83 countries, 364 buyers/distributors/exhibitors and 555 international investors.
This year, two feature films were presented at the MIFA in the 'work in progress' section: Croc-Blanc – White Fang, directed by Oscar winner Alexandre Espigares, and Drôles de petites bêtes – Funny little bugs, directed by Arnaud Bouron, two coproductions by Bidibul Productions.
During the MIFA, students of the Lycée des arts et métiers (LAM) had the opportunity to present their talents to Luxembourgish professionals in the light of a potential internship or work recruitment.
Luxembourg's audiovisual landscape
From a purely national film production at the beginning, the Grand Duchy has developed a rich and by the international audiovisual industry recognized Film production, notably through the National Support Fund for Audiovisual Production or Film Fund Luxembourg. Thanks to the latter, the Grand Duchy has built itself a reputation in the international audiovisual industry; evidence are the many (co)award-winning productions on the occasion of international film festivals.
In the Grand Duchy there are about thirty production companies in the field of fiction and animation; 17 of them are active internationally. The professionalisation of the job has expanded the possibilities of co-production with other countries. As a result, the number of productions has increased considerably in the Grand Duchy, not only because of a favourable legal framework, but also because of the excellent technical infrastructures and the expanding skills of the local film production industry.
The Luxembourgish animated film sector has experienced a similar success as the film production sector. The fact that the Luxembourgish co-productions 'Ernest et Célestine' (Studio 352) and 'Mr Hublot (Zeilt Productions) have been nominated at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014 and that the latter has even won a statuette shows the beautiful path of the animation sector of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
(Source: press release by the National Support Fund for Audiovisual Production)