Cartoon Movie: where projects come to life

2-4 March 2016, Lyon (France)

Created in 1999, Cartoon Movie is an intense and efficient pitching event intended to create a synergy between producers, investors and distributors of feature-length animation films.

Producers have the opportunity to pitch their project to all potential financial partners gathered in the same room, in order to find co-producers, speed up financing and negotiate deals with distributors, sales agents and game companies.

In 2015:

  • 750 participants from 40 countries
  • 240 buyers incl. 120 distributors
  • 60 projects pitched in 4 categories
 

4 stages of project development

A special feature of Cartoon Movie is that it is possible to present projects at their different stages:

  • projects in concept
  • projects in development
  • films in production
  • completed films in sneak preview*

Therefore the whole industrial network can take part in the development of the film, which increases tenfold the producer’s chances for success.

*Except the opening film that will be screened in its entirety

30 minutes to convince the buyers

The pitching sessions are the core element of Cartoon Movie. Participants have to choose between 2 rooms where projects are pitched by the whole production and artistic team, from 10 minutes for projects in concept up to 30 minutes for films in production.

To start the day, 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 Movie

Around the sessions, Cartoon Movie creates golden opportunities to network:  at the Welcome Dinner, the giant buffet lunches, or even on the dance floor during the Farewell evening. Business without stress!

A highly efficient formula

Since 1990, over 257 films pitched at Cartoon Movie, with a total budget of 1.8 billion EUR, have secured their financing and have been released.

Among them, many hits such as: Sammy’s Adventures, Niko & the Way to the Stars, Zarafa, The Pirates, Ernest & Celestine, Tad Jones, Animals United, Kirikou, Belleville Rendez-Vous, A Cat in Paris, Le Tableau, Dragon Hunters, Chico & Rita, Santa’s Apprentice, Shaun the Sheep, Maya the Bee, Ooops...Noah is Gone, Mortadelo & Filemon, Minuscule...

International distributors

One of the strengths of Cartoon Movie is the network of distributors from Europe, South America, North America and Asia who come to pick the best projects and ensure a pan-European and international distribution of the films.

Famous directors and creative talents

Renowned directors and authors have trusted Cartoon Movie and presented their film, including: Michel Ocelot, Peter Lord, Ari Folman, Sylvain Chomet, Jean-François Laguionie, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Patrice Leconte, Enzo d’Alò, Terry Gilliam, Jannik Hastrup, Mathias Malzieu, Enki Bilal, Tomm Moore…

However the essence of Cartoon Movie is to give the same chances to big names as to small companies with creative talents: a good project with potential will catch the eyes of the participants wherever it comes from. And Cartoon Movie counts beautiful success stories starting from scratch.

Who attends Cartoon Movie?

International professionals from the animation film industry:

  • Distributors, investors, broadcasters, new media platforms, game companies, video editors, book publishers, sale agents, …
  • Producers, authors, directors, studios, press…