Animation Magazine

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

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