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Car­toon Movie returned to face-to-face atten­dance for its 24th edi­tion in Bor­deaux after last year’s hia­tus, when it was held online. Through­out two days, the main co-pro­duc­tion forum for Euro­pean ani­ma­tion show­cased the next gen­er­a­tion of films against the back­drop of a major trans­for­ma­tion in the sec­tor. Includ­ing sol­id projects and films that are ready to reach the audi­ence, the selec­tion offered a valu­able look into the near future of the Euro­pean ani­ma­tion industry.

Around 900 par­tic­i­pants from 42 coun­tries, includ­ing 296 buy­ers, had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cov­er the 57 new projects pre­sent­ed at the Palais des Con­grès de Bor­deaux. With fig­ures large­ly in line with those of 2020, this new edi­tion of Car­toon Movie not only reflects this indus­try’s remark­able resilience to over­come the chal­lenges of the pan­dem­ic, but also its ongo­ing recov­ery; all of this against the back­drop of movie the­atres long-await­ed reopen­ing, while stream­ing plat­forms con­tin­ue to gain ground with­in the industry.

Car­toon Movie was opened on March 8th by Annick Maes, CAR­TOON’s Gen­er­al Direc­tor, in a wel­com­ing cer­e­mo­ny that also fea­tured speech­es from the part­ners of the event. Stéphane Delpeyrat, Vice-Pres­i­dent of Bor­deaux Métro­pole in charge of Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment and Employ­ment, Edu­ca­tion and Research, high­light­ed the vibrant audio-visu­al ecosys­tem in the area, while Frédéric Cros, Gen­er­al Direc­tor of Pôle Image Mage­lis, under­lined the impor­tance of this hub where some 30 ani­ma­tion and VFX stu­dios and 16 inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned schools are based. 

Also present at the open­ing were Isabelle Boudineau, Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Nou­velle-Aquitaine Region in charge of Euro­pean and inter­na­tion­al affairs, who also high­light­ed the strength of ani­ma­tion in the ter­ri­to­ry, and final­ly came to stage pro­duc­er Ton­je Skar Reiersen, who was in charge of pre­sent­ing this year’s Car­toon Movie Spot­light on four Nordic coun­tries: Fin­land, Ice­land, Nor­way, and Sweden.

Final­ly, the cur­rent polit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion was not over­looked at the open­ing of the Car­toon Movie; quite on the con­trary, expres­sions of sup­port for all the Ukrain­ian peo­ple, espe­cial­ly artists, ani­ma­tors and their fam­i­lies, and wish­es for a prompt solu­tion for this awful tragedy were wide­ly heard dur­ing the wel­com­ing cer­e­mo­ny as well as a stance for coop­er­a­tion and call for sol­i­dar­i­ty with­in the ani­ma­tion pro­fes­sion­als’ family. 


In dif­fer­ent stages of devel­op­ment, the works show­cased in Bor­deaux to deci­sion-mak­ers and pro­fes­sion­als range from con­cept, in devel­op­ment and in pro­duc­tion projects to finalised works ready to be released (Sneak Preview).The over­all bud­get of the projects amounts to 266.3 mil­lion euros, while the aver­age cost per film stands at 4.7 mil­lion euros. Togeth­er, the select­ed works equate to 77 hours of animation.

The 57 select­ed films bear wit­ness to the wide range of themes, tech­niques, and graph­ic styles in cur­rent Euro­pean ani­mat­ed film­mak­ing. Ani­ma­tion’s diver­si­ty was reflect­ed in the dif­fer­ent gen­res of the select­ed projects, includ­ing dra­ma, com­e­dy, adven­ture films, sci­ence fic­tion, ani­mat­ed music fea­tures, and doc­u­men­taries, among others.

The line-up fea­tured both films for the gen­er­al pub­lic and auteur-dri­ven films. Fam­i­ly films remain at the top of the list with a sol­id 51%, while films aimed at young adults/​adults grew up to 37% com­pared to 27% in the pre­vi­ous edi­tion. Regard­ing ani­ma­tion tech­niques, 2D is still on top, although it is almost on a par with 3D projects.

France led the list of coun­tries with 15 select­ed projects fol­lowed by Spain with 8, while Bel­gium and Nor­way stand with 5 each. Projects from Czech Repub­lic, Den­mark, Fin­land, Ger­many, Poland, Por­tu­gal, Latvia, Italy, Croa­t­ia, Greece, Hun­gary, Ice­land, Ire­land, Lux­em­bourg, and Nether­lands were also presented.

A mas­sive 85% of the films select­ed in the Sneak Pre­view or the In Pro­duc­tion cat­e­gories have already par­tic­i­pat­ed in Car­toon Movie as in con­cept or in devel­op­ment projects, thus con­firm­ing the rel­e­vance of the event in pro­mot­ing ani­ma­tion pro­duc­tion in Europe and help­ing the pro­duc­ers all the run to have their films pro­duced and dis­trib­uted. More­over, Car­toon Movie has grown into a hotbed of film fran­chis­es, as shown by the pre­sen­ta­tion of Ploey 2”, Niko — Beyond the North­ern Lights”, and Black is Beltza II: Ain­hoa”, sequels of orig­i­nal works that were pitched at Car­toon Movie in pre­vi­ous years.


After each pitch, the pro­duc­ers of the project receive a list of the peo­ple who attend­ed their pre­sen­ta­tion with the aim of speed­ing up financ­ing, find­ing co-pro­duc­ers and engag­ing inter­na­tion­al dis­trib­u­tors. Below is the Top 10 of the in devel­op­ment and in pro­duc­tion projects that received the most atten­tion from the buyers.

1. Lit­tle Cari­bou” (Ire­land)
2. Marie-Louise” (France)
3. The Amaz­ing Mau­rice” (Germany/​UK)
4. Ellie and the Christ­mas Creep” (Lux­em­bourg)
5. Flow” (Latvia/​France/​Germany)
6. Juul” (Belgium/​Germany/​Spain/​Netherlands)
7. Sul­tana’s Dream” (Spain/​Germany)
8. Trip to Teu­la­da” (France/​Italy)
9. Just Super” (Nor­way)
10. Ploey 2” (Ice­land)

Where­as the Top 10 projects co-pro­duced by two or more Euro­pean coun­tries that attract­ed the most atten­tion from par­tic­i­pants were:

1.Melvile” (Belgium/​France)
2. Young Vin­cent” (Netherlands/​France)
3. The Amaz­ing Mau­rice” (Germany/​UK)
4. Titi­na” (Norway/​Belgium)
5. Mary Anning” (Belgium/​France/​Switzer­land)
6. Flow” (Latvia/​France/​Germany)
7. Juul” (Belgium/​Germany/​Spain/​Netherlands)
8. Starseed” (France/​Romania)
9. At the Ark at 8” (Germany/​Denmark)
10. Liv­ing Large” (Czech Republic/​France/​Slovakia)


Many of the trends detect­ed in pre­vi­ous edi­tions of Car­toon Movie con­tin­ued to strength­en in this year’s event, such as the grow­ing num­ber of projects inspired by books — both graph­ic nov­els and nov­els -. Amer­i­ca” from Franz Kaf­ka, In Waves” from A.J. Dun­go, My Father’s Secrets” from Michel Kich­ka, and Melvile” from Romain Renard are some of the lit­er­ary works adapt­ed into ani­ma­tion projects, which this year account­ed for a third of the select­ed films. 

With rough­ly anoth­er third of the select­ed projects, adult ani­ma­tion con­tin­ues to gain ground despite hav­ing lim­it­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties in the dis­tri­b­u­tion circuit. ​“Vast Blue Antarc­ti­ca”, ​“The Migrant”, ​“A World of their Own”,​“Where Did It Go Wrong?”, ​“Eugène”,​“Suzanne”,​“Rock Bot­tom”,​“Juul”,​“Mars Express”, and Porce­lain Birds” are some of the films aimed at this tar­get audience.

Projects by well-known direc­tors such as Anca Dami­an (Starseed”), Rémi Chayé (Fleur”), Claude Bar­ras (You’re Not the One I Expect­ed”), and Toby Genkel (The Amaz­ing Mau­rice”) were pitched at Bor­deaux along­side oth­ers by up-and-com­ing direc­tors, a com­bi­na­tion which cer­tain­ly strength­ens the Euro­pean ani­mat­ed industry.

Six years after the arrival of Car­toon Movie in Bor­deaux, ani­ma­tion made in the ter­ri­to­ry is thriv­ing. In fact, nine of the projects pitched at this year’s event were made local­ly:​“In Waves”,​“Liv­ing Large”,​“Marie-Louise”,​“Mars Express”,​“Melvile”,​“My Grandfather’s Demons”,​“Porce­lain Birds”,​“Trip to Teu­la­da”, and ​“Uni­corn Wars.

Every year, Car­toon Movie devotes a spot­light to a Euro­pean coun­try or region. On this occa­sion, Nor­way, Fin­land, Ice­land, and Swe­den were the spot­light­ed coun­tries, which arrived in Bor­deaux with a del­e­ga­tion of about 70 rep­re­sen­ta­tives, includ­ing 14 young tal­ents, and a selec­tion of nine projects: Just Super”,​“Mag­i­cal Friends”,​“My True Imag­i­nary Friend – Mr. Clut­ter­buck”,​“Niko - Beyond the North­ern Lights”, Odd is an Egg”,​“Ploey 2”,​“Titi­na”, and ​“Vale­mon: the Polar Bear King”.

Besides the pitch­es, Car­toon Movie also held Ani­ma­tion & Trans­me­dia, an ini­tia­tive aimed at build­ing bridges and cre­at­ing syn­er­gies between the trans­me­dia and ani­ma­tion indus­tries; and the Coach­ing Pro­gramme, a train­ing event involv­ing stu­dents from 9 ani­ma­tion schools in Bor­deaux and the Nou­velle-Aquitaine Region and about 15 stu­dents from three Nordic anima­tion schools.


With the aim of recog­nis­ing the out­stand­ing work by Euro­pean ani­ma­tion pro­fes­sion­als over the pre­vi­ous year, Car­toon Movie par­tic­i­pants vote for the Car­toon Trib­utes win­ners in their three categories.

Recog­nised as Direc­tor of the Year for the ani­mat­ed doc­u­men­tary Flee”, Jonas Poher Ras­mussen has his fea­ture already made his­to­ry by scor­ing three Oscar nom­i­na­tions. The film is a co-pro­duc­tion between Den­mark, France, Swe­den, and Nor­way. The Pro­duc­er of the Year Trib­ute went to the team of Even Mice Belong in Heav­en”, direct­ed by Denisa Grim­mová & Jan Bubeníček, and co-pro­duced by Czech Republic’s Fresh Films, France’s Les Films du Cygne, Slovakia’s Cin­e­mart, and Poland’s Ani­moon. Final­ly, Cha­rades was recog­nised as Dis­trib­u­tor of the Year; based in Paris, this sales and co-pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny’s cat­a­logue includes ani­ma­tion movies from all over Europe, includ­ing Maron­a’s Fan­tas­tic Tale”, The Queen’s Cor­gi”, and I Lost My Body”.

From left to right: Lau­ra Irvine (Sun Crea­ture), Jean-François Le Corre (Vive­ment Lun­di !), Math­ieu Cour­tois (Vive­ment Lun­di !), Amy Spal­let­ta (Sun Crea­ture), Pierre Mazars (Cha­rades), Car­ole Bara­ton (Cha­rades), Yohann Comte (Cha­rades), Grze­gorz Waclawek (Ani­moon), Alexan­dre Charlet (Les Films du Cygne)

Also award­ed dur­ing the Car­toon Movie, the Eurim­ages Co-Pro­duc­tion Devel­op­ment Award went to Melvile”, direct­ed by Romain Renard & Fursy Teyssier and pro­duced by Need Pro­duc­tions (Bel­gium) along with Cre­ative Touch Stu­dios and Spe­cial Touch Stu­dios (France). With a cash prize of 20,000 euros, this award was cre­at­ed to pro­mote the Coun­cil of Europe’s Eurim­ages Fund’s role in encour­ag­ing inter­na­tion­al co-pro­­duc­­tion from the ini­tial stages of a project. The win­ning project was cho­sen from among eight final­ists by a jury com­posed of Emma Scott (Screen Ire­land – Ire­land), Frédéric Corvez (Urban Group – France), and Rose-Marie Strand (Folkets Bio – Sweden).

From left to right: Sébastien Onomo (Spe­cial Touch Stu­dios), Anne-Lau­re Gué­gan (Need Pro­duc­tions), Romain Renard (Cre­ative Touch Stu­dios), Fursy Teyssier (Cre­ative Touch Studios)

The next edi­tion of Car­toon Movie will be held on March 7 – 9, 2023.