Producer Mission - Annecy Animation Market

Application Deadline: April 3, 2024

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Screen Nova Scotia is now accepting applications from mid-to-senior level animation producer members to join a Pan-Atlantic business development trip for Atlantic Canada-based animation producers to travel to Annecy, France, for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market (Mifa) taking place June 9th – 15th, 2024.

This delegation will enhance the promotion of coproduction, joint-financing, distribution and development opportunities between animation producers and companies in the Atlantic provinces, and those internationally. The mission will enhance the group’s knowledge of working with producers on an international scale.

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market (Mifa) is the international animation industry’s unmissable event. Discover all animation’s richness and productivity and meet with top industry professionals to discuss, network, and make acquisitions. Please click HERE for more information.

Screen Nova Scotia will partner with Telefilm Canada and the Canada Pavilion to ensure designated meeting space for delegates for the duration of the program. A delegate from Screen Nova Scotia will also be on the ground during the mission to help with logistical planning.


Flights, Accommodations, and Travel Assistance: Producers will be responsible for booking their own travel and accommodations for this trip. The delegation should be on the ground for meetings by the morning of June 9th, 2024 (subject to change). Nova Scotia animation producers can apply for travel assistance (flights, accommodation, and ground transport) via the Export Development Program (EDP) with Invest Nova Scotia. Each company is allotted up to $15,000 per fiscal year to fund 50 percent of travel costs for travel to markets. The key with this is to apply for the funding before you leave for Annecy, or you do not qualify. Guidelines HERE. Of note: the turnaround on gaining approval from Invest Nova Scotia can be between seven and 14 days.

Reach out to Beth McCormack at Invest Nova Scotia who can set you up with an online profile in order to apply and can also answer any direct questions you may have about this process. She can be reached at:


Application Process: To be considered for the Annecy mission, producers must submit all application materials by the deadline of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Incomplete/late applications will not be considered.

Participants will be selected based on specific criteria, and through a competitive application process. Members of an independent selection committee (comprised of experienced and respected members of the national screen industry) will review applications and select the chosen participants. Screen Nova Scotia will notify all applicants of the status of their application by email following the jury meeting.

Please forward your complete application package to Danya Knowles, Industry Services Coordinator ( with the email title “Annecy 2024 Application”. There is no fee to apply.

Mandatory Support Documents: The following documents must be submitted electronically as individual .PDF files in order for your application to be considered by the jury.

  • Personal resume including relevant production credits
  • Company and personal biography
  • A synopsis of your animation project (including format and a summary of the project’s status to date)
  • Project screenplay treatment and/or series bible
  • Statement of all relevant attachments to the project including companies, co-producers, writers, directors etc. (one-page maximum)

Non-Mandatory Additional Package Elements (if available): Applicants are invited to include any of the following additional package elements.

  • Completed screenplay
  • Bios of any currently attached principal cast and/or key creative positions
  • Marketing and distribution plan and any existing marketing materials
  • Budget top sheets or proposed budget and finance scenarios
  • Statement of all additional attachments including pre-sales, development funding, or confirmed cast etc. (one-page maximum)

Producer Criteria: This is a producer mission for mid-to-senior-level producers who work in the animation industry. Please see below for the minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Must have a minimum of two full producer credits on completed productions within the last five (5) years of the following nature:
    • Television one-off production with a minimum broadcast length of 30 minutes
    • Television series production
    • Feature film that a) received financing from Telefilm Canada or NSBI (now known as Invest Nova Scotia), or b) had a budget of $1 million or greater
    • Digital media production that a) received funding from the province of Nova Scotia (Digital Animation Tax Credit), Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Independent Production Fund, or  NSBI/Invest Nova Scotia and/or b) has achieved distribution on a reputable nationally recognized platform
  • Must have at least one animation project in development.
  • Must have participated in at least one international market, or festival event (can include provincially led business development trips/trade missions)
  • Must be a Screen Nova Scotia Producer Member in good standing (for information on membership, click HERE)

Please note: Screen Nova Scotia strives to ensure that 25% of program placements will be filled by diverse voices. If you are a member of an equity-seeking or sovereignty-seeking community who does not meet all of the eligibility criteria but can fulfill the application requirements, please self-identify in your application email. If you have any questions about this process, contact Danya Knowles, Industry Services Coordinator: / 902-229-1499.