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Bor­deaux has become the third city to host Car­toon Movie, the Euro­pean ani­ma­tion co-pro­duc­tion forum pre­vi­ous­ly held in Pots­dam, Ger­many (1999−2008) and Lyon, France (2009−2016). The impor­tance of the dig­i­tal cre­ative indus­try, the clear com­mit­ment to the devel­op­ment of tech­nol­o­gy and the tourist attrac­tions of the region made this beau­ti­ful city locat­ed in South West France the ide­al set­ting to host this even­t’s 19th edition.

Car­toon Movie was launched on 9 March at the Palais des Con­grès Bor­deaux. Vir­ginie Calmels, Vice-Pres­i­dent of Bor­deaux Métro­pole and Deputy May­or in charge of Econ­o­my, Employ­ment and Sus­tain­able Growth, was respon­si­ble for wel­com­ing the 850 par­tic­i­pants from 41 coun­tries that set a new record of par­tic­i­pa­tion and an increase by 14% in the num­ber of atten­dees com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year. 

Fran­cois Bon­neau, pres­i­dent of Pôle Image Mage­lis Angoulême, stressed the impor­tance of ani­ma­tion in the region and the work that this eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment cen­tre for the image and dig­i­tal audio­vi­su­al sec­tor has been car­ry­ing out through the cre­ation of the prop­er envi­ron­ment for the devel­op­ment of projects in the audio­vi­su­al indus­try and the train­ing of pro­fes­sion­als.

Dur­ing their speech­es, Har­ald Tret­ten­brein (Head of MEDIA Unit – EACEA Edu­ca­tion, Audio­vi­su­al & Cul­ture Exec­u­tive Agency) empha­sized the impor­tance of ani­ma­tion for MEDIA, and Fil­ip D’havé (Gen­er­al Del­e­gate of the Gov­ern­ment of Flan­ders in France) thanked CAR­TOON for hav­ing cho­sen Flan­ders to inau­gu­rate the spot­light ded­i­cat­ed to ani­ma­tion in a spe­cif­ic region.

Buy­ers — includ­ing dis­trib­u­tors, sales agents, aggre­ga­tors and VoD plat­forms — account­ed for a quar­ter of the par­tic­i­pants, show­ing the inter­est Euro­pean ani­ma­tion has and Car­toon Movie’s con­ven­ing power


Divid­ed into four pro­grammes over two days, the 55 projects pre­sent­ed this year (17 in con­cept, 26 in devel­op­ment, 9 in pro­duc­tion and 3 in sneak pre­view) reflect­ed the good cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of Euro­pean ani­ma­tion pro­duc­tion.

The future gen­er­a­tion of films comes from 23 coun­tries and main­tains some of the main trends from pre­vi­ous years, such as the pre­dom­i­nance of projects aimed at the fam­i­ly audi­ence (63%), the impres­sive growth of ani­ma­tion for young adults (31%), co-pro­duc­tion as a for­mu­la to finance films (54%) and the diver­si­ty of styles and bud­gets, rang­ing from 3 to 13 mil­lion euros.

With 17 projects (30%) France was at the top of this year’s selec­tion fol­lowed by Bel­gium and Ger­many with five projects each, and the Nordic coun­tries, which togeth­er had six projects. The col­lab­o­ra­tion between France and Bel­gium con­tin­ues to bring good results, with 9 projects in co-pro­duc­tion. Alto­geth­er, the projects rep­re­sent an invest­ment of more than 300 mil­lion euros, being 5.5 mil­lion the aver­age cost of each of the films pre­sent­ed.

The adap­ta­tion of the graph­ic nov­el Zom­bil­le­ni­um” direct­ed by Arthur de Pins and Alex­is Dur­cord became the project that drew most inter­est among the par­tic­i­pants, fol­lowed by The Big Bad Fox and Oth­er Tales” — Ben­jamin Ren­ner’s await­ed return — Miss Sat­urne” by Jérôme Combe & Bar­bara Israël and Wolfwalk­ers” by Irish direc­tor Tomm Moore.

In the selec­tion there were some well-known pro­fes­sion­als pre­sent­ing their new projects, such as Rémi Chayé (“Calami­ty, a Child­hood of Martha Jane Can­nary”), Jean-François Laguion­ie (“The Prince’s Jour­ney”), Bibo Berg­eron “(“Char­lotte”), Jan Bultheel (“Canaan”), Neil Boye and Kirk Hendry (“Ken­suke’s King­dom”), Jes­per Møller (“Crazy Island”), Toby Genkel and Sean McCor­ma­ck (“Ooops! 2”) and Alessan­dro Rak (“Skele­ton Sto­ry”).

In the line-up there were also film­mak­ers, ani­ma­tors and artists prepar­ing their debut, such as Aurélien Fro­ment (“JOSEP”), Johan Poher Ras­mussen (“Flee”), Sepi­deh Far­si (“The Siren’), Gitan­jali Rao (“Bom­bay Rose”), Car­lo Vogele (“Icarus”), Remy Schaep­man (“The Nazis, My Father and Me”), Anca Dami­an (“The Fan­tas­tic Voy­age of Maro­ma”) and Roger Main­wood (“Ethel & Ernest”).

The new Euro­pean tal­ents also found their place in the event with projects pre­sent­ed by direc­tors who had pre­vi­ous­ly caught atten­tion with their short films or debut fea­tures such as Stéphanie Lansaque and François Leroy (“Super Vinamo­tor”), Michaela Pavla­to­va (“My Sun­ny Maad”), Mascha Hal­ber­stad (“Fox and Hare Save the For­est”), Alber­to Vázquez (“Uni­corn Wars”) or Sal­vador Simó Bus­con (“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Tur­tles”), among oth­ers.

Bor­deaux Metropole’s ani­ma­tion was present with three projects: Sin­gle Mom in Korea”, the new film by Jung Henin pro­duced by Mar­mi­ta films, Char­lotte” in copro­duc­tion with Les Films du Pois­son Rouge and Uni­corn Wars” in copro­duc­tion with Schmu­by Pro­duc­tions. In addi­tion, the projects Zom­bil­le­ni­um”, Miss Sat­urne”, Canaan” and The Prince’s Jour­ney” will also be made in stu­dios in Pôle Image Mage­lis, con­firm­ing the com­mit­ment to the tal­ents and the cre­ative econ­o­my of the region.


Start­ing this edi­tion, Car­toon Movie will ded­i­cate a spot­light to a region or coun­try in order to high­light its work in ani­ma­tion. The Flan­ders region, which has 22 ani­ma­tion pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies, 25 ani­mat­ed fea­tures and 30 series in the pipeline for 2017 – 18, was the first guest of hon­our. The Flem­ish ani­ma­tion pro­duc­ers attend­ed Car­toon Movie under the ban­ner The Flan­driens of Ani­ma­tion ‘, a ref­er­ence to the rac­ing cyclists.

Flem­ish ani­ma­tion con­tin­ues to gain vis­i­bil­i­ty with­in the Euro­pean map and was present in Car­toon Movie with three projects (“Canaan”, pro­duced by Ton­do, Crazy Island” pro­duced by Grid Ani­ma­tion and ZOOks” pro­duced by Sanc­ta / Potemki­no), and five co-pro­duc­tions: three of them co-pro­duced by Walk­ing The Dog (“Fox & Hare Save the For­est”, Hump” and Char­lotte”), Ploey — You Nev­er Fly Alone” co-pro­duced by Cyborn and The Siren” copro­duced by Lunanime.


The Swiss and French stop motion ani­mat­ed com­e­dy-dra­ma film My Life as a Cour­gette” got two of the three Car­toon Trib­utes, recog­ni­tions that are annu­al­ly giv­en by Car­toon Movie’s par­tic­i­pants. The film direct­ed by Claude Bar­ras was award­ed the Direc­tor of the Year’ and Pro­duc­er of the Year’ prizes (Rita Pro­duc­tions, Blue Spir­it Pro­duc­tions and Gebe­ka Films), and Dan­ish Angel Films was vot­ed as Dis­trib­u­tor of the Year’.

As an intro­duc­tion to Car­toon Movie, the Palais des Con­gres accent host­ed on Wednes­day 8 March, a new edi­tion of Car­toon Games & Apps, an activ­i­ty car­ried out in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bor­deaux Games, Pôle Image Mage­lis and CATS (Clus­ter Aquitain du Trans­me­dia Sto­ry­telling) with the aim of pro­mot­ing syn­er­gies between the ani­ma­tion sec­tor and videogames and apps devel­op­ers. Also, on the morn­ing of 8 March, La Grande Jonc­tion was cel­e­brat­ed, the B2B French Tech Bor­deaux event that aims to cre­ate a direct link between pro­fes­sion­als from the tra­di­tion­al econ­o­my and the dig­i­tal econ­o­my through con­fer­ences and exhi­bi­tion stands by local entre­pre­neurs.

The ani­ma­tion stu­dents had a place in Car­toon Movie through the Coach­ing Pro­gram, a train­ing ini­tia­tive that allowed stu­dents from France and Flan­ders to have an intro­duc­tion to Car­toon Movie and the Euro­pean asso­ci­a­tion CAR­TOON’s work. Par­tic­i­pants also attend­ed dif­fer­ent con­fer­ences and mas­ter class­es by renowned pro­duc­ers.

Car­toon Movie was organ­ised by CAR­TOON with the sup­port of Cre­ative Europe — MEDIA, CNC (Cen­tre nation­al du ciné­ma et de l’image ani­mée), Bor­deaux Metro­pole, the city of Bor­deaux and Pôle Image Mage­lis. The next edi­tion of the event will be held in Bor­deaux from 7 to 9 March 2018.