LFA to present ‘CONFINEMENT VOTRE’ panel on women in animation in a post-COVID world in Annecy 2020

Les Femmes s’Animent (LFA) will present CONFINEMENT VOTRE, a video conference online all day on 17 June, Wednesday during the Annecy International Animation Digital Festival.  LFA has asked women in the animation industry across Europe about their lockdown experiences and what they learned- Was this period a simple parenthesis, or will it change our lives forever?  This video conference will present mini interviews interspersed with excerpts of animations produced during confinement. This short presentation features some very beautiful and sometimes quite surprising answers.  In line with LFA’s past actions, and in direct reaction to recent weeks’ international upheavals and growing awareness in the importance of diversity and inclusion, LFA is reinforcing it’s initiatives in favour of inclusion in the animation industry in France.  The organisation will also launch a talent search and mentoring programme focused on animation projects which will provide access to an important professional network for those, who do not normally have access to industry leaders and creators.  This innovative programme will take place on two continents: France, in coordination with Annecy’s 2021 focus, and Africa (francophone) including a talent search and mentoring programme specifically aimed at emerging female talent.  LFA’s objective is to identify and support talent, helping selected women to define, nurture and produce animated productions. These projects will be presented during the Annecy 2021 festival.  LFA has additionally announced its actions for the year 2020-2021:  Following the Second Conference for Parity, Equality and Diversity in Cinema and Audiovisual in autumn 2019, which identified and exposed many obstacles to inclusion still present in the cultural sector in France, LFA announced a strengthening of its action in favour of parity and inclusion of women with the following actions –  – Organising common actions with existing Associations and Training Programs aimed at improving inclusion in the Animation Industry focused on increasing visibility and efficiency.  – Organise meetings with animation professionals in order to raise awareness of these barriers to inclusion on all levels, disseminate a Charter of Inclusion and Diversity to animation studios.  – Open up the Animation sector to audiences that are currently excluded. Opening up begins with a better distribution of information explaining the animation profession, especially to high school students.  – Expand the existing organization of LFA mentorships aimed at supporting young women in their career development within Animation.