A recent crop of European animation features in the making are up for the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award during Cartoon Movie 2022.
The Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund & Cartoon have joined forces in order to award the Eurimages Co-production Development Award. A cash-prize of €20,000, this award has been created to promote the Fund’s role in encouraging international co-production from the initial stages of a project.
8 animation feature projects in development are eligible for the award, to be presented during the 2022 CARTOON Movie event (8-10 March 2022, Bordeaux).
Nominees for the Eurimages Co-production Development Award
At the Ark at 8, dir. Kim Hagen
Produced by Zooper Film (Germany) - Co-produced by Now Films (Germany), Parka Pictures (Denmark) & Hydralab (Denmark)
Based on the successful novel by Ulrich Hub, “At the Ark at Eight” is an updated version of the story of Noah’s Ark. “At the Ark at 8” is narrated from the perspective of three penguins breaking the only-two-of-each-species-rule by secretly embarking the Ark as threesome, exploring with humor and insight ancient and contemporary questions raised by the biblical myth.
Born Happy, dir. Edmunds Jansons
Produced by Atom Art (Latvia) - Co-produced by Letko (Poland) & Pikkukala (Finland)
During the school summer break, the 9‑year-old Ilze joins her family in the rainforest where they live together with the Pemon tribe close to the Devil’s mountain. When after an accident Mom needs to fly Dad to a hospital, Ilze volunteers to look after her 3‑year-old brother Alex. However, instead of paying attention to her brother, Ilze’s nose is stuffed in a book. When finally Ilze looks up, she discovers that Alex has disappeared.
Flow, dir. Gints Zilbalodis
Produced by Dream Well (Latvia) - Co-produced by Sacrebleu Productions (France) & CINÉ-LITTÉ Productions (Germany)
After a terrible flood wreaks havoc on the world, a stubbornly, independent cat is forced to share a small boat with a group of other animals. Getting along with them turns out to be an even greater challenge for him than surviving the flood.
Produced by Barletta (Czech Republic) - Co-produced by Novanima Productions (France) & NOVINSKI (Slovakia)
It is the beginning of the school year. At 13-years-old, Ben discovers the effects of puberty on his classmates who have changed a lot. Especially Claire, who is now really pretty. Ben would like her to notice him, but he is hung up by his weight and even the school nurse worries about him
Melvile, dir. Romain Renard, Fursy Teyssier
Produced by Need Productions (Belgium) - Co-produced by Creative Touch Studios (France) & Special Touch Studios (France)
After more than twenty-five years of absence, Paul Rivest returns to Melvile. He knows this little town pretty well, having spent all his summer vacations there as a child with his grandmother. Feeling responsible for the death of his first love and his best friend in a fire that destroyed the region the summer of his fifteenth birthday, his return to Melvile forces him to stir up the past
Starseed, dir. Anca Damian
Produced by Special Touch Studios (France) - Co-produced by Aparte Film (Romania)
Loveness, a little albino girl, tries to survive in a poor neighborhood in Zimbabwe ironically named Los Angeles. One day she has a strange encounter in the King Black forest. Danger is near, she risks her life if she stays on earth
Trip to Teulada, dir. Nicola Contini, Pascal Chevé, Florent Mounier
Produced by Isla Productions (France) - Co-produced by 2d3D Animations (France) & Mommotty (Italy)
Assunta, an elderly woman, collapses from exhaustion. She is rescued by her neighbour Fatima, a Syrian teenager. When the old woman regains consciousness, she makes a strange discovery: her apartment is now invaded by the people who lived in her childhood village in Sardinia.
Young Vincent, dir. Jean van de Velde
Produced by Submarine (Netherlands) - Co-produced by Tchack (France)
The young Vincent has trouble following the rules and prefers wandering around through nature, alone or with his brother Theo. But all his parents see is a problematic and disobedient child. So, eventually they send him away to boarding school. Lonely and far away from home, he finds solace in the world of his own imagination, and he writes long, illustrated letters to Theo.
Results will be announced during CARTOON Movie, 8-10 March 2022 (Bordeaux).