Car­toon Fo­rum’s Sil­ver An­niver­sary

The event once again showcases the qual­ity and di­ver­sity of Euro­pean TV an­i­ma­tion.

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The premier an­i­ma­tion co-pro­duc­tion and pitch­ing event Car­toon Fo­rum is cel­e­brat­ing its 25th edi­tion this year, run­ning Sept. 23-26 in Toulouse, France. Another thing to cel­e­brate: The 2014 event will fea­ture 81 pitches, a re­flec­tion of the 50 per­cent in­crease in sub­mis­sions from last year, which show­cased un­der 70 projects. The or­ga­niz­ers are an­tic­i­pat­ing about 850 in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als to at­tend, in­clud­ing about 250 con­tent buy­ers, who are in­vited to check out nearly 500 hours of an­i­mated se­ries on of­fer.

Once again, host na­tion France leads the by-coun­try num­bers, ac­count­ing for over 30 per­cent of the projects. The U.K., whose con- tin­u­ing steady pro­duc­tion has been bol­stered by tax ini­tia­tives, of­fers a solid 11, with Ire­land and Bel­gium barely be­hind. Den­mark, Italy and Spain are all rep­re­sented by five shows; Ger­many by four. An­i­ma­tion pro­duc­tion’s ex­pan­sion across Europe is ev­i­denced by first time par­tic­i­pant Malta and first-time-re­turn­ing en­trants Bul­garia, Latvia, Es­to­nia and Croa­tia.

Al­to­gether, pro­duc­ers from nearly 20 Euro­pean na­tions will gather to present new char­ac­ters and con­cepts through pro­fes­sional pitch ses­sions, with key broad­cast­ing and in­vest­ing play­ers in attendance. The con­ti­nen­tal an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try con­tin­ues to blos­som un­der gov­ern­ment in­cen­tives and cross-bor­der-part- ner­ship pro­mo­tion, giv­ing TV pro­duc­ers grow­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to let cre­ativ­ity dic­tate their shows in­stead of over-stressed bud­gets.

Over the past 25 years, Car­toon Fo­rum has played an es­sen­tial role in struc­tur­ing this mar­ket by pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, lead­ing home­grown an­i­mated projects to oust im­ports from broad­cast dom­i­nance. The event’s ef­forts have re­sulted in over 525 projects over the last quar­ter cen­tury, with a to­tal bud­get of 1.8 bil­lion euros (ap­prox­i­mately $2.4 bil­lion).

Visit car­toon-me­ to view all the projects and learn more about Car­toon’s net­work­ing and co-pro­duc­tion events year-round.

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