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Online Only - Business First
The rebound of the coronavirus in Europe and in France during the month of August, has made organizers to organise Cartoon Forum online only. The objective still remains “Business First”, with the projects as the main priority.
1. The recorded pitches: Since the pitches will no longer take place on site and can no longer be recorded from Toulouse, CARTOON asks the producers to record their pitch themselves or to create a presentation video.
2. The digital platform: From 15 September, pitches will be placed on the digital platform per half-day following the already established agenda. The videos will be available until 15 October.
3. The mobile application for projects: the mobile application allows you to view all the information concerning the projects. The trailer and the evaluation form have also been integrated – online participants commit to fill it out as soon as they have watched a pitch.
Selected Projects Info
Ninety original projects from all over Europe will be launched in this year’s atypical edition focused on the business side of animation, as reflected in its motto "Business First".
The 143 projects submitted to the Forum reflect the strength of a sector that did not come to a halt even during the global health emergency most critical period. In spite of this edition’s exceptional conditions, producers will be presenting their projects in the flesh to the professionals attending the event, including decision makers, TV channels’ and streaming platforms’ heads of acquisitions, and other potential partners interested in European animation. The projects will take part in pitching sessions where producers will have the chance to talk their audiences into the distinctive concept and characters of their series.
Cartoon Forum’s line-up offers a comprehensive overview of European animation, which is currently dominated by series aimed at 6-11-year-old children, produced in 2D animation and with 6-12 minutes episodes. Twenty-four European countries are involved in the projects, while another 6 countries outside the region participate as co-producers.
France leads the line-up with 36 projects, followed by Ireland (8), Denmark (6), and Spain (6), while Belgium, Finland and UK participate with 4 projects each. Led by Denmark, the Nordic countries presence amount to 11 projects, while 8 other projects hail from CEE countries, showing a growing trend in the number of projects from these geographic areas.
The selection includes projects from renowned production companies along with others that are growing fast internationally or production companies relying on young talent.
With an average cost of 4.2 million Euros per series, the 90 projects amount to a total budget of 381 million Euros and 521 hours of content.
Animation aimed at 6-11 children continues to lead the Forum's line-up with 38 projects (43%), closely followed by the series for pre-schoolers, which already account for the 33% (30 projects). Meanwhile, the number of projects aimed at Family Audiences (11 projects), Young-Adults (8 projects) and Teenagers (3 projects) remain stable.
Technical-wise, 65% of the projects rely on 2D animation and 22% on 3D CGI.
A COMMON SPACE
Renowned animation companies from all over Europe will be presenting their new projects in Toulouse, including France's Folimage (“Anuki”), Xilam Animation (“Gemma's Quest”), Millimages (“The Springs”), Dandelooo (“The Upside-Down River”), Cyber Group Studios (“Monster In my Pocket”), Ellipsanime Productions (“Wonder Waï”), Vivement Lundi! (“Super-Lucha”), and Autour de Minuit (“Two Little Birds”), among others.
The line-up also includes new series by Belgium’s Lunanime (“Tommy Pepper”), Denmark’s Copenhagen Bombay (“Rabarbar”), Ireland’s Dream Logic (“The Ghastly Ghoul”), Spain’s Motion Pictures (“Agus & Monsters”), UK’s Paper Owl Films (“Mr. Dog”), and Italy’s Gertie Production (“Relè”).
Some twenty of the selected projects are adaptations of comic books, books, and live-action films, including the French series ”Open Bar” (Les films du poisson rouge) and “Zombillenium” (Maybe Movies) – based on the comic books by Fabcaro and Arthur de Pins, respectively.
Other highlights include UK's “Rocket Robbins” (Illuminated Films), based on the picture book series written by Nathan Bryon and illustrated by Dapo Adeola, Finland's “Belzebubs” (Pyjama Films), based on the webcomic created by JP Ahonen, Netherlands' “Princess Arabella” (Phanta Animation), an adaptation of the picture book by Mylo Freeman, and “Champions” (Morena Films), a series based on the top-grossing film in Spain in 2018.
The Occitanie / Pyrénées-Mediterranée Region continues to strengthen its presence with three projects: “Atla5”, produced by Dwarf Ent. (Montpellier), “Obo, My Very Spatial Friend”, produced by Digiblur (Toulouse), and “Immobile Stars”, produced by Tripode Productions (Montclus).
CARTOON partnered with CEE Animation Forum since 2015 to promote the emergence of Eastern European projects; “Daisy & Dot” (KEDD, Hungary) and “Baldies” (Cofilm, Czech Rep.) were directly selected by the jury composed by experts from 5 CEE countries.
New talent represented by producers and directors working on their first projects hold a special place in Cartoon Forum's line up with projects such as “Hanna & Nana” (Jam Media, Ireland), “Baldies” (Cofilm, Czech Rep.), “The Very Hairy Alphabet” (Eagle Eye, Germany), “Blue Figures” (Laidak Films, France), and” Felix! He Can Explain Everything” (Sacrebleu Production, France). All of these projects were launched at Cartoon Springboard, CARTOON'S pitching event devoted to young talent.
Other highlights include “Blue Figures” (Laidak Films, France) and “Good Enough - Burnout Diary” (Studio Pupil, Netherlands), shortlisted in Cartoon 360, CARTOON's pitching event for transmedia projects and IPs.
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About Cartoon Forum
The French city of Toulouse will host the 29th edition of Cartoon Forum, the co-production platform for European animation series that will present 86 original projects from across Europe from 10-13 September 2018. This year, 21 countries have selected projects. France, UK, Germany, Belgium and Spain lead the selection, while the spotlight is on Finland. Furthermore, 44% of the projects is aimed at children.
Created in 1990 to boost the co-production and distribution of European animation for TV and new media platforms, Cartoon Forum has helped 734 animation series obtain financing to the tune of over 2,5 billion Euros.