- Latest generation of animated series presented in Poland sparks broadcaster and investor interest across Europe- Quality and creativity set apart European animated series as they gain TV slots
- Series for children aged 6-9 and preschoolers still prevail in
Europe but interest for projects targeting young adults is growingEuropean
animation for television has a promising future ahead, with strong
quality projects sparking the interest of broadcasters and investors as
well as audiences. Such was the conclusion from the 22nd Cartoon Forum, the European co-production forum which closed its doors on 16th September in Sopot, Poland.
The positive sector trend was helped by a significant rise in
investments and production volume, which grew about 30% year on year
according to information from the event's organisers, CARTOON - the
European Association of Animation Film. Creativity and a large diversity
of concept and design stand out as characteristics of European
The latest edition of Cartoon Forum served as a showcase for 66 new
projects for animated series which sought wider distribution and
financing at the event. Studios from 19 countries are involved in the
production of the projects, which have a total budget of 215 million
Euros and represent some 468 hours of content.
Series for children aged 6-9 and preschoolers remain the most
popular in Europe, representing 33 and 29% respectively of the total.
The event also detected a growing interest in projects for young adults, a trend which could eventually lead to new slots for animation in channel programming.
With a third of the projects selected, France was the main protagonist of the event with eight of the 10 most-attended projects (list below). Meanwhile, Britain and Spain
doubled their participation from last year with 14 and 11 projects
respectively while Polish animation showed its potential with five
Irish animation took the Cartoon Tributes 2011 - the annual awards
to outstanding companies that have had a dynamic influence on the
European animation industry - winning Broadcaster and Producer of the
Year (RTÉ and Monster Animation, respectively). As for Investor/Distributor of the Year, the award went to awol animation, a Paris-based company headed by Ireland's Julie Fox.
The future promise of animation also had a place at Cartoon Forum
Polska with the Cartoon d'Or award for the best European animated short
film of the year, which this year went to "The Little Boy and the Beast" directed by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötter (Germany) and produced by Studio Soi in Ludwigsburg.
The next edition of Cartoon Forum will take place from 11 to 14
September 2012, in Toulouse, one of France's most dynamic cities and
home to some of French animation's best studios. Top ten projects in terms of attendance at the pitching session
- "Oscar and Hoo" - Frog Box (FR) - eOne (UK)- "Burny the Little Dragon - LuxAnimation (LU) - Gaumont - Alphanim (FR) - Cromosoma (ES)- "Dimitri" - Vivement Lundi! (FR) - Beast Animation (BE) - Nadasdy Film (CH)
- "Roger" - Je Suis Bien Content (FR)- "Hubert & Takako" - Xilam Animation (FR)- "The Crumpets" - 4.21 Productions (FR) - Redcastle Mediaconsulting (FR)- "Secret Ranch" - Tele Images Productions (FR)
- "Crazy Cavemen!" - Silver Fox Animation (UK) - Evergreen Entertainment (UK) - Cine Cartoon (AU)- "The Cookie and Crime Club" - Neomis Animation (FR)- "Ori & Gami" - Jus de Prod (FR) - 2 Minutes (FR)
Poster of the event and high-resolution stills of the projects: http://www.cartoon-media.eu/FORUM/press.php (password: baltic2011)Pictures of the event: http://www.cartoon-media.eu/FORUM/gallery.php
All pictures © Valerie de Halleux / CARTOONAbout CARTOON FORUMCreated
in 1990 to boost the co-production and distribution of European
animation for television and new media platforms, Cartoon Forum has
helped 470 animation series obtain financing to the tune of over 1.6
Cartoon Forum Polska was organised by CARTOON with the support of
MEDIA - a Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture and
National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, the Polish Film Institute
(PISF) and the City of Sopot, in collaboration with Studio Miniatur
Filmowych (SMF). Cartoon Forum Polska was one of the events under the
patronage of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council.
About CARTOONCARTOON is an international non-profit
association based in Brussels that organises Cartoon Forum, together
with Cartoon Movie, a co-production forum for feature-length animation,
Cartoon Master training seminars and Cartoon Connection, a new programme
intended to explore ways of reinforcing cooperation between EU and non
EU animation professionals.
Link to press release in PDF: http://www.cartoon-media.be/MASTERS/digital/uploads/pdf_report/84_PRFinal_CF2011.pdf