Conditions of admission and regulations

Cartoon Movie is organised with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA and is specially developed for European animation film projects. The conditions for participation are as follows:

The project must be:

1. An animation film (minimum 50% animation)

  • Of a minimum running time of 60 minutes
  • Cinema quality
  • All new animation techniques are accepted

2. European

  • Any European producer whose registered office is located in a country associated with Creative Europe MEDIA can present a new animation project at Cartoon Movie.
  • Countries associated with Creative Europe - MEDIA: the 27 EU countries + Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway and Republic of Serbia.
    "List of non-EU Participating Countries in the Creative Europe Programme" (PDF)
    CARTOON also considers eligible projets submitted by production companies based in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
  • Attention: since the Brexit, the UK is not part of the eligible countries. Projets submitted by UK-based production companies as main producers are not eligible.

3. Independent production company

  • Only independent production companies can submit a project.
  • Production teams of selected projects must afford registration fees to Cartoon Movie.

4. Intended for theatrical distribution

5. Letter of interest

A letter of interest from a distributor, a sales agent, or a streaming platform is needed for every project submission (optional for the projects in concept).

6. Only 1 project per company can be submitted

If you have submitted a film in sneak preview, you're allowed to submit a second project in another category.



The project or film that the producer submits to Cartoon must be in one of the following 4 categories: project in concept, project in development, film in production or film in sneak preview. The producer must respect the admission requirements and the deadlines, and must provide the required documents as mentioned in the toolbox.

A project may be submitted to Cartoon Movie a number of times, but in a different category each time (the same project may not be submitted a second time in the same category).

Note : producers whose project has been selected are not allowed to withdraw their project after 10 January 2023, or they will have to pay the sum of 1000 EUR. This rule is set in order to be fair to the other producers who didn't have the opportunity to be selected.


The selection criteria upon which Cartoon Movie’s Selection Committee will make its decision are based on the compliance with the admission requirements mentioned above and the global objectives of the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, which are as follows:

  • to preserve and enhance European cultural and linguistic diversity and its cinematographic and audiovisual heritage, guarantee its accessibility to the public and promote intercultural dialogue;
  • to increase the circulation and viewership of European audiovisual works inside and outside the European Union;
  • to strengthen the competitiveness of the European audiovisual sector in the framework of an open and competitive European market favourable to employment, including by promoting links between audiovisual professionals.

The Selection Committee will therefore take into consideration, among other things:

  • the European origin of the presented work;
  • its technique easily assimilated to an animation film;
  • its creative potential, its originality and its place in the international market;
  • its economic and commercial prospects, its ability to create jobs in Europe, its positioning in the European market, its prospective audience;
  • the ability of the producer to create European cooperations around the project.

In order to meet the objectives of the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, and notably the cultural and geographical diversity, Cartoon Movie's Selection Committee will pay particular attention to projects and films from countries that have a low audiovisual production capacity, and those promoting sustainability, inclusion and diversity.

Based on information provided in the submission documents, Cartoon Movie’s Selection Committee reserves itself the right to determine the final category of the project, for projects in concept and in development.

Cartoon Movie’s Selection Committee reserves itself the right to limit the amount of projects accepted to Cartoon Movie in order to ensure that all projects presented will have a fair and equal chance of finding potential partners (maximum 1 project per company can be accepted).

In case Cartoon Movie's Selection Committee receives an excessive amount of projects, selection will be made on the basis of the general status of the project, the admission criteria mentioned above and the overall objectives of the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme.


Producers will be informed of the Selection Committee’s decision. The Selection Committee’s decision is final. In case of dispute, the producers are entitled to request a justification from the Selection Committee.