2.36 million : the number of foreign filmgoers attracted to our animated films in 2013 [fr]
As it does every year, the International Festival of Animated Film in Annecy celebrated animated films from June 9 to 14, 2014.
According to the figures published on June 10, 2014, by the National Film Center (CNC) on the animated film market, the 9 French feature-length animation films released last year were viewed by almost 2.5 million filmgoers abroad. This represents 63.1% of global box-office attendance for French films. American releases continued to attract the most filmgoers, but this strong performance confirms the vitality of the French animated film industry which employs 4,676 people.
Many animated films have been very successful at the box-office : this was the case, for example, for “Ernest & Celestine”, a French-Belgian production released in 2012 which won the César Award for Best Animated Film in 2013 and was notably nominated for an Oscar. The American blockbuster, "Despicable Me 2", was created by a studio in Paris. The French-Luxembourg short film, "Mr. Hublot", won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, following on from the success of Logorama by François Alaux which had received the same award four years earlier.
The French animated film industry has managed to establish itself on the international scene thanks to an animation style and skilful storytelling that captivate audiences. France – together with the United States – has notably received the most Oscar nominations in the Best Animated Feature Film category.
2014 already looks as if it will be an excellent year, as Frédérique Bredin, Chair of the CNC stressed : “We are confident because box-office numbers for French animated films already exceed 1.5 million.”
The analysis carried out by the CNC is available here