Stop France 4: the discontent at the Annecy Animation Film Festival

Stop France 4: the discontent at the Annecy Animation Film Festival

It is within Mifa, the largest animation film market in the world, which is organized alongside 42nd Annecy Festival (until June 16), that the anger of the professionals – producers and technicians of the sector in particular – has broken out since a few days. His target, the recent decision of the Ministry of Culture to remove France 4 short term. Taking advantage Wednesday of the great annual press conference of France Televisions, the SPFA, Union of the producers of animated films, joined since by the powerful Ficam (Federation of the industries of the cinema, audio-visual and multimedia), recalled that many children under the age of 15 still watched television, including France 4, which is a major broadcaster of animated films and series. READ ALSO> France Télévisions: “We will reinvent our channels”, promises Delphine Ernotte One way to respond to the plan unveiled by the audiovisual group and the minister, who assured professionals last week that the removal of France 4 as a TV channel would not change the annual volume of films and series produced, since they would be broadcast on dedicated websites of France Télévisions. “We will fight for France 4,” added industry professionals, pointing out that in their view the removal of the chain was to remove the “flagship of animation French”. Takis Candilis, number 2 of France Televisions – the president of the group, Delphine Ernotte had not made the trip to the lake – tried to reassure them, answering that the group was thinking about the changes to come, and that France Televisions go “stay the first financier of the animation.” “But how are we going to look at Angelo the Scramble? ” A speech that does not seem to have calmed the concerns of the community. The proof with TeamTo, the company that produced the hilarious animated short film presenting the festival before each screening in Annecy. He starred the young Angelo La Débrouille, one of the star heroes of the young audience on France 4, become the mascot of the festival. The character is also the star of a small film on YouTube that supports the fight of the SPFA. Entitled “ANGELO # SauvonsFrance4”, he shows Angelo and his friends rebel against the suppression of the channel and claim “but how are we going to watch Angelo La Débrouille and the other cartoons? Or “we are going to lose the children, it is horror! »Atmosphere …

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