Car­toon­Next 2024: Highlights

This third edition of CartoonNext has proven again to be a fascinating journey into the landscape of animation's future! Close to 230 participants eagerly engaged with keynote presentations, panels, and case studies, demonstrating a keen interest in the shared perspectives. Lively discussions and professional connections flourished during the various networking opportunities, and the pitching sessions provided valuable insights into the current challenges facing the industry.


We were happy to welcome 229 participants from 18 countries. Among them, 37 speakers & experts were attending. 14 keynotes, panels & case studies, as well as 8 pitching sessions were presented during the event.


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The future of ani­ma­tion and new per­spec­tives. The state of ani­ma­tion was a cen­tral top­ic, notably with Alex Camerons (Par­rot Analytics/​UK) cap­ti­vat­ing keynote, offer­ing insight­ful data analy­sis of the mar­ket and its future. Togeth­er with experts like Dr. Mhairi Aitken (The Alan Tur­ing Institute/​UK), Ben Minall (Epic Games/​UK), Yonathan Dor (The Dor Brothers/​DE), Thomas Bedenk (DE), & Japhet Ash­er (Polar­i­ty Reversal/​UK), we ques­tioned the realm of cut­ting-edge tech­no­log­i­cal tools, explor­ing var­i­ous per­spec­tives on these con­tro­ver­sial top­ics. While many ques­tions remained, we col­lec­tive­ly decid­ed to adopt a more pos­i­tive out­look, focus­ing on the cre­ative poten­tial and prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tions of A.I. and new tech­nolo­gies as ani­ma­tion tools across all demo­graph­ics, from chil­dren to adults. Addi­tion­al­ly, we explored the future prospects of more tra­di­tion­al plat­forms such as pub­lish­ing, licens­ing, and broadcasting.

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Ani­ma­tion beyond Europe. Car­toon­Next is also the per­fect place to reflect on the grow­ing devel­op­ment of ani­ma­tion out­side of Europe. Dur­ing their pan­el, Manuel Cristóbal (Sygnatia/​ES) and Rod­ney Uhler (GKIDS/US) illus­trat­ed ani­me’s vast and expand­ing land­scape, its evolv­ing tar­gets, and future prospects. Ari­ane Suveg (Céles­tine Blue/​FR) and Sébastien Onomo (Spe­cial Touch Studios/​FR) have also high­light­ed the grow­ing poten­tial and abun­dant tal­ent with­in Africa’s ani­ma­tion mar­ket and empha­sised the impor­tance of fos­ter­ing stronger ties between Africa and Europe.

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Case stud­ies & suc­cess sto­ries. Dur­ing the event, we delved into the per­spec­tives and future strate­gies of var­i­ous com­pa­nies, includ­ing Bob­byp­ills (FR), a pio­neer in adult ani­ma­tion in Europe, and Stu­dio Meala (IE), which aims to fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tions with under-rep­re­sent­ed stu­dios across Europe. We focused on suc­cess­ful projects like Samuel”, a stand­out at Car­toon Forum, which start­ed on Insta­gram and expand­ed into a TV, Youtube, and social media series air­ing now on ARTE and RTVE, or Réka Tem­ple’s (Cin­emon Entertainment/​HU) ground-break­ing fea­ture, 4 Souls of Coy­ote”, pre­s­e­lect­ed for the Inter­na­tion­al Cat­e­go­ry at the Oscars. 

Sidi Kaba - Guardians of the 1000 Kingdoms

Mul­ti­plat­form projects. The 8 projects pitched this year orig­i­nat­ed from 6 Euro­pean coun­tries. Most of the selec­tion tar­get­ed Teenagers (3) and Young Adults (3), while 2 projects focused on Chil­dren. Ambi­tious and cap­ti­vat­ing projects with com­pelling trans­me­dia strate­gies were pre­sent­ed, span­ning ani­mat­ed for­mats (TV series, films & dig­i­tal first con­tent), along with gam­ing (mobile, video, live), pub­lish­ing, music, and AR/VR experiences.

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Emerg­ing tal­ents at the fore­front. As part of the Coach­ing Pro­gramme tai­lored for young tal­ents from 8 local French schools, a day and a half of train­ing and mas­ter­class­es were organ­ised. This year, we intro­duced the Port­fo­lio Review ses­sion, where small groups of stu­dents were paired with pro­fes­sion­als from the region and beyond. This ini­tia­tive aims to pro­vide them with invalu­able advice and bet­ter under­stand­ing of the indus­try. A Mini-Pitch work­shop also took place on Thurs­day 11 April, where six stu­dent projects were pre­sent­ed to a pro­fes­sion­al jury. The 3 win­ning projects were Les Archives”, Le dernier lance­ment” & Soraya”. More info about the win­ners and their prizes is avail­able here.


CartoonNext 2025 will take place from 23 to 25 April.


  • Cartoon Forum (16-19 September 2024 in Toulouse - France) • project registration open until 07/05
  • Cartoon Springboard (29-31 October 2024 in Madrid - Spain) • project registration will open soon
  • Cartoon Business (19-21 November 2024, Brussels - Belgium)


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.