Cartoon Forum: the best springboard to the market
Created in 1990, Cartoon Forum is a unique event focusing on pitching sessions of pre-selected TV projects, where animation producers can find cross-border partners and speed up financial arrangements.
It allows co-productions to be finalised, pre-buys agreed, negotiation of distribution agreements, options discussed on every type of right, and licensing of secondary rights.
- 870 paticipants from 30 countries
- 250 broadcasters
- 75-80 animation projects to be pitched
30 minutes to convince the buyers
The pitching sessions are the core element of the Cartoon Forum; each project is presented in 30 minutes to all potential partners gathered in the same room.
A new category has been created: Short Pitch sessions, where several projects will be pitched in 10 minutes.
The screening of trailers in front of all participants during the traditional breakfast «Croissant & Coffee Shows» gives a taste of the project and encourages people to attend the pitching sessions.
The human touch: the soul of Cartoon Forum
Around the sessions, the Cartoon Forum creates golden opportunities to network: at the Welcome Dinner, the giant buffet lunches, the sightseeing activities like wine-tasting and boat trips, or even on the dance floor during the Farewell Evening.
Business without stress!
A highly efficient formula
Since 1990, over 594 projects pitched at the Cartoon Forum, with a total budget of 2 billion EUR, have secured their financing and are now in production or broadcasted worldwide.
On average, more than one project out of three presented at Cartoon Forum secures financing and enters into production.
Meet the buyers
Almost all European broadcasters and major media investment groups attend the Cartoon Forum each year to get a sneak preview of the latest animation projects for television and pick the future hits.
Which project can be pitched?
Producers can submit a TV project (series or TV special) in development, totalling at least 26 minutes:
- beyond the concept stage, sufficiently polished and developed
- and not yet with all the finance assembled
It can also be a transmedia project.
Who attends Cartoon Forum?
International animation professionals from the TV and new media industries
- Broadcasters, distributors, investors, new media platforms, game companies
- Producers, authors, directors, studios, press…
European animation stronger thanks to Cartoon Forum
Created in 1990 with the support of the MEDIA Programme, Cartoon Forum has dynamised European animation by creating a true network of transborder cooperation and by restoring confidence in the relationship between producers and broadcasters.
The results are considerable: European animation has become the leader on its own territory, the number of productions has dramatically increased and export sales are the best of any in the European audiovisual sector.