Five new Polish animated series qualified
for Cartoon Forum Polska. The 22nd edition of this event will be
held in Sopot on September 13-16, 2011.
Cartoon Forum, taking place in Poland for the first
time in the event's history, will present 66 projects to a group of 700
experts from the animated film industry. Considered to be the best place to
show European animated series, Cartoon Forum Polska will serve as
a promotional platform for Polish animated films.
This year Poland ranks fourth in terms of the number of
presented projects - after France, the United Kingdom, and Spain, that will
present 21, 14, and 11 projects respectively. The list of Polish projects
includes the following pictures: Agata
(produced by Serafiński Studio and TV Studio Filmów Animowanych); Basia (produced by Grupa
(produced by Film Produkcja); Pamiętnik
Florki (produced by Anima-Pol); and Pluszaki rozrabiaki (produced by Filmograf,
Egmont Polska, and Studio Miniatur Filmowych).
In addition to screening these projects, Cartoon Forum
Polska will also host Cartoon d'Or 2011, the European award for best short
animated film of the year. Paths
of Hate by Polish director Damian Nenow is one of six nominated
films. Paths of Hate, produced
by Warsaw-based Platige Image, received the award for best international short
animated film at Mundos Digitales in La Coruña (Spain), and qualified for
screening at international film festivals in Annecy and Edinburgh.
This year's edition of Cartoon Forum is particularly
interesting due to the significant increase in production budgets of presented
projects. The total budgets of qualified films amount to over 214.5 million
euros, marking a 30% increase compared to last year. The number of
produced films grew by 25%. This year saw the production of a total of 467
hours of animated films.
This year's leader in terms of the number of presented
projects is once again France, with 21 projects. The United Kingdom and Spain
are in second and third place respectively, having doubled the number of
presented projects since last year (14 and 11 respectively). Cartoon Forum will
screen film projects from 16 other European countries, which indicates an
increasing role in the animated film industry across the whole continent.
Cartoon Forum, known for successfully fostering
presented animated film projects into production, is an event organized
annually since 1990 by the European Association of Animation Film to encourage
production and distribution of European animated series. This will be the
second time the event is hosted by a new EU member state; last year's
event was held in Hungary.
Cartoon Forum, established in 1990 to increase
co-production and distribution of European animated films for television and
new media, has helped 450 projects to receive financing amounting to
a total of over 1.5 billion euros.
Key partner organizations of Cartoon Forum Polska
include the MEDIA programme, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the
Polish Film Institute, and the City of Sopot authorities.
The list of selected projects is available online: www.cartoon-media.eu/FORUM/selected.
Further details about Cartoon Forum Polska available