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Car­toon­Next 2022: Highlights

The first edi­tion of Car­toon­Next in Mar­seille was a deep dive into the many top­ics touch­ing on the future of ani­ma­tion. Keynotes and pan­els paved the way to ani­mat­ed dis­cus­sions. The pitch­ing ses­sions added a new lay­er of insights, and per­spec­tives to reflect on.
It was intense & inspir­ing, and hope­ful­ly every­one felt enriched by these 3 days!


We were hap­py to wel­come 250 par­tic­i­pants from 21 coun­tries. Among them, 33 speak­ers & experts were attend­ing. 14 keynotes, pan­els & case stud­ies, as well as 8 pitch­ing ses­sions were pre­sent­ed dur­ing the event. 


  • Moments ded­i­cat­ed to the Ter­ri­to­ry. On Tues­day 12th, a net­work­ing morn­ing gath­ered togeth­er pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents from the Ter­ri­to­ry. 10 pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies (from Arles, Avi­gnon, Aix-en-Provence & Mar­seille) pre­sent­ed their port­fo­lio, and answered ques­tions from the stu­dents of the ter­ri­to­ry.
    On Mon­day 11th in the after­noon, the Coach­ing Pro­gramme was ded­i­cat­ed to the stu­dents: 6 schools were attend­ing (MoPA, ENSI, Lycée Marie Curie, YNOV, Ecole de Condé, Bras­sart).
    On Fri­day 15th in the morn­ing, the mini-pitch work­shop dur­ing which 6 stu­dent projects were pre­sent­ed in front of a pro­fes­sion­al jury end­ed up with the award of the fol­low­ing prizes:
    -A writ­ing res­i­den­cy offered by the Region Sud Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur for Le Vent dans nos cheveux” by Vio­lette Talala­eff (MoPA)
    -An accred­i­ta­tion for Car­toon Spring­board 2022 for VID_04.mp4” by Cléa Gabanou (Lycée Marie Curie)
    -A spe­cial men­tion by the jury for Faut pas faire chi­er Mémé” by Mor­gane Ver­na­dat (Lycée Marie Curie)
  • At the edge of ani­ma­tion. Ani­ma­tion as an indus­try is evolv­ing, and needs to take into account many oth­er aspects touch­ing both on cre­ativ­i­ty and busi­ness. Many talks were an invi­ta­tion to explore: ani­mé, licens­ing, brand exten­sion, VR expe­ri­ence, diver­si­ty, minor­i­ty co-pro­duc­tions, etc.
    With Patri­cia Hidal­go from BBC, Lars Wag­n­er from Warn­er­Me­dia, Ori­on Ross from Walt Dis­ney EMEA, Luca Milano from RAI, Telid­ja Klaï from VRT-Ket­net, Mari­na Nar­ishkin from Mil­lim­ages, Jerome Mazan­darani, Jean-René Aucou­turi­er from Gul­li-M6, Sébastien Onomo from Spe­cial Touch Stu­dios, Luce Gros­jean from Miyu Dis­tri­b­u­tion, among oth­ers.
  • Case stud­ies on beloved ani­ma­tion movies. We were lucky enough to have the dream team of For­tiche, Pas­cal Char­rue, Arnaud Delord & Hervé Dupont, talk­ing about the world-wide suc­cess of Arcane”, we’ve learned about their search for qual­i­ty and the cre­ativ­i­ty free­dom they had to work on their project.
    Céleste Surugue, from Hachet­te/Al­bert-René Éditions/​Asterix, gave an exten­sive view on the 60-year long his­to­ry of Aster­ix” from com­ic books until the last movie pro­duced by Netflix.


The main part­ners of Car­toon­Next are Cre­ative Europe — MEDIA, Région Sud Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, Aix Mar­seille Provence Métro­pole, SudAn­im and Ville de Marseille.


  • Car­toon Forum (19−22 Sep­tem­ber 2022 in Toulouse — France)
  • Car­toon Spring­board (25 – 27 Octo­ber 2022 in Madrid — Spain)
  • Car­toon Busi­ness (15−17 Novem­ber 2022, Gran Canaria — Spain)