Credited with over seventy international film sales, forty-one festival selections, and seven awards at our partner festivals outside France in 2018, Miyu Productions takes over from last year's Export Prize winner Sacrebleu Productions to take the honors in 2019.
Miyu Productions was founded in 2009 by Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, with Pierre Baussaron joining the company as a partner in 2015. Initially known for its production of short films—a format that is still actively pursued by the company—Miyu has gained increasing renown over the past decade, growing to become a major player in the sector. The company recently acquired holding company status in order to bring together and expand its various activities: film production, distribution, the Miyu Gallery (which opened in 2018 and is the first European structure of its kind dedicated to animated filmmaking), and the Studio Miyu (aimed at promoting its technical expertise in 2D animation and film production capabilities to other French and international companies).
Ten years after its creation and three years after its first selection at the European Coproduction Market for Animated Feature Films in 2016 (for Domenica by Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach), Miyu's two associates presented three feature films at this year's Cartoon Movie pitching and coproduction event, in the role of executive producers, line producers, or both: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Pierre Földes (coproduction executive producers), Journey to The West by Mirai Mizue (executive producers), and Linda veut du poulet! by Sébastien Laudenbach and Chiara Malta (line producers).
Of the three, the production at the most advanced stage of development is Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, the debut feature by Pierre Földes which is an adaptation of six short stories by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. For this co-production, Miyu is executive coproducer in association with Cinéma Defacto, as well as line producer. The film is coproduced with the international partners micro_scope (Canada) and Proton Cinema (Hungary), in association with An Original Picture (Netherlands) and Studio Mairana (France). It has benefited from the "Avance sur Recettes" funding scheme in France and has been presold to the Arte television network, with distribution in France handled by Gebeka Films* and international sales handled by The Match Factory.
For the France Télévisions network, Miyu is currently providing support to two of the three 26-minute productions submitted to a call for projects on the theme of coming-of-age stories with a female lead: La Vie de château (Films Grand Huit), for which Miyu is coproducer and line producer), and Moules-Frites, for which Miyu is executive producer and line producer. In another vein altogether, the company is also currently creating the Cartoon Network series Elliott from Earth.
UniFrance's contribution to the award:
• Free membership to UniFrance for the production company in 2020
• A grant of €1,000.
• To honor the achievements of Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron, and their staff, four outstanding films from the Miyu Productions portfolio will be available for viewing on the UniFrance website from June 12 through 19, 2019 (click on the film title, then on button "View film"):
The AFCA's contribution to the award:
• Free accreditation at the upcoming Rennes International Film Festival
• One night at a hotel during the festival
• Free membership to the AFCA
View the complete filmography of Miyu Productions here.