For Animation Filmmakers:
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CARTOON Springboard is a new pitching event where young talents of European animation schools will be able to pitch their project in front of a panel of experts from the audiovisual world.
The 3 day-event will focus on 2 parts:
The event is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA programme of the European Union, and Generalitat Valenciana, Institut Valencià de Cultura and the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
2020 Event Coverage
19 projects have been selected at those events after their participation in Cartoon Springboard, confirming the success of this initiative.
PROJECTS TOWARDS MATURITY
The shortlist for this Cartoon Springboard’s sixth edition is defined by the originality of concepts, stories & themes, with projects about friendship, love, hope, identity quest, and environment. The projects hail from Austria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and UK, and more than half of them have been conceived for the Young Adults/Adults audience, a growing trend in European animation. The selection also includes projects for Children, Family, Pre-schoolers, and Teenagers. Format-wise, TV Series make up the overwhelming majority followed by Web Series and Feature Films (17, 3 and 2, respectively).
France, Spain and Italy are the best represented countries at the event, with projects by graduates from L'Atelier, ESAAT, Gobelins and La Poudrière (France); Barreira, U-Tad, ESUPT and ECAM (Spain); and Scuola Internazionale di Comics and C.S.C Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Italy).
There are also projects from Denmark’s ASF VGIK and The National Film School of Denmark; Germany’s Filmuniversität Babelsberg "Konrad Wolf" and Animationsinstitut Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg; Ireland’s Dún Laoghaire IADT; Budapest Metropolitan University (Hungary); HKU (Netherlands); Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture (Serbia); and Royal College of Arts (UK).
The group of experts in charge of guiding the project leaders is made up of acquisition and development managers from streaming platforms and tv channels’ such as Sony Pictures Television, Adult Swim, Ketnet/VRT, France Télévisions and BBC Children, as well as consultants, scriptwriters and animation producers from companies such as Peekaboo Animation, Lightning Sprite Media, Blue Spirit Productions, Haruworks, Cartoon Saloon, Storyegg, MIAM! Animation, Dandelooo and Laïdak Films.
2019 Event Coverage:
2020 Call for Entries (Archive)
WHO CAN PRESENT A PROJECT?
European young talents who want to develop and test their new animation project or property for the international market and/or to be distributed on several screens (360 approach).
Young talents who have graduated from animation schools for a maximum of 5 years.
Kind of projects:
TV special (min. 26 minutes)
TV or Web series
Feature film (min. 60 minutes)
Animated project dedicated to cross-media
Short films are NOT accepted.
1. Prepare all the required elements
Prepare a PDF presentation of your project. Written in English only. From 10 to 20 pages in total, including:
• A cover page with the project title, contact name and a nice still to illustrate the project (such as a poster of a feature film)
• The concept/note of intent: it should explain what the project is about and why you believe in it (max. 2 pages)
• Give as much detail as you can on the content that you will develop (description of the main characters, treatment/storyline: extensive description of the story)
(Please be aware that to obtain clear and helpful advice from our panel of experts, you will need to be as precise as possible).
• Nice stills of the project and graphic elements: make it attractive!
Choose 2 nice stills (1 horizontal & 1 square) for our digital publication, screen and website: high resolution (300 dpi) in .jpeg
If you are a citizen of one of the following countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia & Ukraine), you can apply for a scholarship in order to attend the event (with or without a project).
There is no registration fee, accommodation (3 nights) and travel expenses (up to 200€) are offered to the successful applicants.
Applicants will have to:
1/ For those who want to pitch their project:
Submit their project by 4th September at the latest specifying their country of origin (nationality) through the online form (My Cartoon > My Projects > Cartoon Springboard > Submit a new project).
Note: Should your project be accepted by the Springboard Selection committee (on 5th September), your scholarship request will automatically be validated.
2/ For those who want to attend without pitching any project:
Tuesday 27 October 2020:Morning: arrival of participants in Valencia / Opening lunch with all participants / Afternoon: keynotes by animation experts, rehearsals of pitches with moderators. / Evening: Welcome dinner with all participants.
Wednesday 28 October 2020: pitching sessions and keynotes.
Thursday 29 October 2020: pitching sessions and keynotes. Farewell dinner with all participants in the evening.
Friday 30 October 2020: Departure of participants.
> 250 EUR for young talents pitching a selected project. Meals (3 lunches and 2 dinners) and accommodation (3 nights) are offered.
> 250 EUR for young talents without a project. Meals (3 lunches and 2 dinners) and accommodation (3 nights) are offered.
Submit a project
Deadline to submit a project: 4 Sep 2020