Bon Anniversaire, MIFA!
How time flies — this year’s three-day International Animation Film Market (June 17-19) marks 30 years of what toon biz types the world over know as MIFA. By the numbers, this year will see 2,450 accredited attendees, 334 buyers and distributors and 513 exhibitors representing 73 different countries — not to mention the 230 pitch projects submitted, a small fraction of the thousands of titles that will be mulled over by decision makers from across the globe during the event.
In addition to the focus on guest country Spain, MIFA will present Territory Focus programs on Mexico, Vancouver’s animated history and France- Quebec partnership opportunities. The Studio Focus sessions boast big studio names, with Disney presenting on “The Art of Character Development,” Cartoon Network showcasing its in-house shorts program, Nickelodeon’s spotlight on its Global Animated Shorts Program and more.