As each year, the French city of Toulouse hosted the 28th edition of Cartoon Forum, the co-production platform for European animation series. 83 new animated projects from 23 European countries were presented to more than 900 producers, investors, distributors, buyers, SVoD/VoD platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, Hopster TV, MoMedia TV, SK Broadband and WildBrain International.
France led the line-up by country with 28 projects followed by Ireland with 9 projects, Belgium and Poland with 5 projects each, which confirm their solid production trend. Four projects were presented by Finland, Italy, Spain and the UK. Animation production continues to expand across the rest of Europe: Germany, Portugal, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, etc.
In addition, three projects that were pitched at Cartoon Springboard 2016, event for the emergence of young talents, were selected for the Cartoon Forum 2017: “Hungry Bear Tales” by Bionaut (Czech Republic), “Mabel Cleans Up” by Viola Lippmann (Germany) and “The Brownies” by Zographic films (Bulgaria).
In occasion of 70-year anniversary of animation industry, Poland has offered its candidature for being the spotlight country to go under the full limelight of the media. The animation industry in Poland has shown a great potential over the last few years and now, there are more than 30 active animation studios in Poland. In 2017, the budget for development and film production amounted to PLN 94 million PLN (21.3 M EUR). The allocation for the production of animated films its approximately 20 million PLN (4.6 M EUR) (including the production of TV series, films for children and youth and animated films).
Since 2006, all professionals attending the Cartoon Forum vote on site for their favourite nominee in 3 categories: Broadcaster, Investor/distributor and Producer of the Year. The winners of this year are:
– BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR: France Télévisions (France)
– INVESTOR/DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR: Beta Film (Germany)
– PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Dandelooo (France)
– CARTOON TRIBUTE OF HONOUR: Patrick Eveno, General Director of Citia and of The Annecy International Animation Film Festival
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