The Annecy International Animation Film Festival and its Market (Mifa) has announced an extensive set of market offerings and activities, ahead of the 2019 Annecy Film Festival in France next month. According to the organizers, the 2019 Mifa is on the verge of being the biggest in history, and will include an expanded market, a 1500m² platform, more than twice its size last year, with a conference room by the lake, a bigger VR area, and a private Mifa beach. Following are the features that the 2019 Mifa will present: Gap Financing: Meet the Producers: Mifa provides support to feature film producers in the final stages of development or in production with at least 85 per cent of their budget secured by offering them the chance to find new partners through targeted meetings. Buyers’ Club: set up in a new dedicated area specifically for buyers to provide them with what they need for meetings and to make it easy to view video content. A bigger and better VR area: twice the surface area reserved for studios and companies presenting their latest technological inventions as well as plenty of space to view and experience XR, with no less than 200m² available. Pitching – Territory Focus: in addition to the Industry – Territory Focus showcasing a country’s or region’s industry, these sessions offer the chance to discover new talent through presentations about current projects in development. In the spotlight this year, Japan will arrive in force with a 214m² booth. Nora Twomey is the guest of honor for the third edition of Mifa Campus. Following Guillermo del Toro and Richard Williams, Twomey will present on Tuesday, 11 June 2019 at 9:00am. Besides, Mifa will also run a recruitment drive from 11 to 14 June 2019 and some of the notable recruiters present will be Netflix, DreamWall, Jam Media, Zeilt Studio, Laika and Unit Image. Mifa pitches will run from 12 to 13 June 2019 and its divided into five categories: Feature films/Short films/TV series or specials/Interactive and transmedia creations/animation without borders. Other essentials at the event include TV channel press conferences, demo sessions and market screenings among others.